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International Economic Policy Council

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Canada’s prosperity is strongly dependent on  its access to international markets , and its ability to compete for international investment and talent. There is a critical need to ensure that Canada’s approach to international economic relations is proactive, strategic, and evidence-based.

The C.D. Howe Institute’s International Economic Policy program provides essential policy intelligence to policy and business leaders seeking to navigate the rapidly-evolving global competitive environment.

The Program  publishes  research papers and convenes  policy conferences, roundtables and informal events and discussions. There are three core areas of research: increasing Canada’s competitiveness by better capturing the benefits of open trade and investment; prioritizing and concluding successful trade and investment agreements; and understanding and influencing rules and issues affecting Canadians in the global marketplace.

The  Council provides guidance and support to the program and meets periodically to review and discuss its output and impact, and to discuss relevant issues as they arise. The Council is chaired by the Hon. Michael Wilson, former Canadian finance minister, industry minister, and ambassador to Washington. The program’s research and publication activities are led by Daniel Schwanen, an award-winning economist with an extensive track record of influential research on cross-border trade and investment matters.

Chair

The Hon. Michael Wilson
Chair , Barclays Capital Canada; former Minister of Finance, Canada

Members

Rick Ekstein
Rick Ekstein
Chief Executive Officer, Weston Forest
Allan Gotlieb
Allan Gotlieb
Executive Chairman, Aurea Foundation; former Ambassador of Canada to the United States
Peter Hall
Peter Hall
VP and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada
Lawrence Herman
Herman & Associates
Ross Hornby
VP, Government Affairs & Policy, GE Canada; former Ambassador of Canada to the European Union
Caroline Hughes
VP, Government Relations, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
Jim Keon
Jim Keon
President, Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Hugh L. MacKinnon
Hugh L. MacKinnon
Chairman, Bennett Jones LLP
Claude Mongeau
Claude Mongeau
Former President and CEO, CN
Pierre Pyun
Pierre Pyun
Vice-President, Government Affairs, Bombardier Inc.
Timothy Sargent
Timothy Sargent
Deputy Minister of International Trade, Global Affairs Canada
Victor Severino
Victor Severino
Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
Andrea Stairs
Andrea Stairs
Managing Director, eBay Canada
Daniel Trefler
Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Sun Life Financial
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