Do governments baffle you with their budgets? You are not alone. Join our experts at this intimate and off-the-record luncheon to get a lowdown on the good the bad and the ugly.
Baffling Budgets: Federal/Provincial/Territorial Accountability
Stephen LeClair, former Financial Accountability Officer of Ontario, and Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute
Stephen LeClair recently served as a Commissioner with the Legislated Assembly of Ontario; being the first Financial Accountability Officer in Ontario.
Previously he was the Deputy Minister of Finance in Yukon, Assistant Deputy Minister of Budgeting, Economics and Fiscal Policy with the Government of Alberta, and Special Economic and Fiscal Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance for the Government of the North West Territories. He was responsible for the development of fiscal and tax policy, fiscal legislation, and economics. He also led, served and advised committees on royalty revisions, transparency reporting, and intergovernmental affairs.
With the Government of Canada he was the Head of Delegation for Canada to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Fisheries Committee and provided fiscal and reporting advice in the development of the 2004 Ten Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. He also provided support in the development and operation of the Office of Nursing Policy. He also has been on the Board of Directors of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) of Canada.
William B.P. Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
Bill Robson took office as President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute in July 2006, after serving as the Institute’s Senior Vice President since 2003 and Director of Research since 2000. He has written more than 230 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues. His work has won awards from the Policy Research Secretariat, the Canadian Economics Association, and the Donner Canadian Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a member of the Panel of Senior Advisors to the Auditor General of Ontario and the Ifo World Economic Survey expert group, and a Big Picture Panelist on the CBC’s On the Money. Bill taught public finance and public policy at the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2003, and currently teaches a Master’s level course in public finance at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance.
Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Aaron joined the CTF as Federal Director in 2014. A lawyer by training, Aaron practised litigation in his native Kitchener, Ontario, and then corporate law with a major international law firm in London, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, before returning to Canada to work with a prominent political consulting firm.
In addition to being a recovering lawyer, Aaron is also a recovering partisan, having previously served as a political organizer and campaign manager for several political candidates in federal and provincial elections and leadership campaigns (some successful, some not so much). He was author of a rabble-rousing weekly opinion column in the campus newspaper during his undergraduate days, and a prolific political blogger back in a time when people actually read blogs.
Aaron holds a BA in economics and political science from the University of Waterloo, and a J.D. from the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario, where he served as student body president during his final year of studies. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and two daughters.