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Jun 24

Employee Ownership Trusts: A Good Model for Canadian Prosperity?

Webinar with Dr. Roger Martin, Jon Shell, and Geoff Smith

The post-pandemic recovery offers Canada many opportunities to address structural inequities in society. In the most recent Federal Budget, the government committed to researching the potential of Employee Ownership Trusts, a measure that may help keep businesses Canadian-owned and more resilient during difficult economic times. Join the C.D. Howe Institute on Thursday, June 24 to hear an expert panel discuss the potential of employee-owned businesses, as well as the barriers that prevent Canada from achieving the level of employee ownership success experienced in other jurisdictions.


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Dr. Roger Martin, Professor Emeritus, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

In 2017, Roger was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers.

Roger Martin is a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013, Academic Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship from 2004-2019 and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute from 2013-2019. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants. 

He has published 12 books, the most recent of which are When More is Not Better (Harvard Business Review Press, 2020), Creating Great Choices written with Jennifer Riel (Harvard Business Review Press, 2017) Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg (HBRP, 2015) and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (HBRP, 2013), which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. He has written 29 Harvard Business Review articles.

Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford.

A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.


Jon Shell, Managing Director and Partner, Social Capital Partners

Jon Shell is Managing Director and Partner at Social Capital Partners (SCP).  SCP is an independently funded non-profit founded in 2001, whose mission is to build a more resilient economy through broad-based ownership and quality employment.  SCP’s current focus is increasing employee ownership in North America through both regulatory change and partnering with institutional investors to finance large scale employee ownership transitions.

Prior to joining SCP in 2017, Jon co-founded the largest veterinary service providers in both Canada (VetStrategy) and Australia (VetPartners) and was a shareholder and Board member of both companies until 2020.  Prior to his time in the veterinary industry, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company and once owned and operated a used goods store in a plaza in central Toronto.  He has a BA from Queen’s University and an MBA from Western University.


Geoff Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, EllisDon

Geoff Smith, J.D., joined EllisDon in 1983, and quickly gained experience across various management positions and sectors within the company. He was named President and CEO in 1996. He is a current member of the Business Council of Canada, and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Chair of the Ontario Liberal Fund, Curriculum Development Advisor to Ryerson University, and Chair of Technology in the City, a partnership campaign for George Brown College. He is also a founding member of OG100, an initiative to enable Canada's fastest growing companies to become exporters to the world. Geoff earned recognition, in 2011 as recipient of the Jack Tindale Award and as recipient of Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013. 


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