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Feb 09

Investment and Growth: Getting Canada Moving Again

Webinar with Robert Asselin, Dennis Darby and Giles Gherson

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Business investment in Canada has lagged investment abroad for years, and took a fresh hit with the COVID-19 crisis. The C.D. Howe Institute invites you to join us on February 9 to hear a panel of experts discuss the gaps in capital investment in Canada, and measures to spur recovery and competitiveness.

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact events@cdhowe.org to register.

Robert Asselin, Senior Vice President of Policy, Business Council of Canada

Robert Asselin leads the Council's work on economic recovery and the development of policies that contribute to economic growth and job creation. He is also responsible for fiscal and tax policies.

Prior to joining the Council, Robert was Senior Global Director, Public Policy at BlackBerry. Robert brings more than 10 years of experience in providing economic advice to government, including in roles as Policy and Budget Director to Canada's Finance Minister and as Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Justin Trudeau.

Robert also spent nearly a decade in academia as Associate Director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and as Visiting Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He continues to serve as a Fellow at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and at the Public Policy Forum.


Dennis Darby, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Dennis joined CME in 2017 after nine years as CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists' Association and a 24 year-long career in senior management at Procter & Gamble, including leadership roles in the US and Europe.

Dennis graduated from McMaster University in 1984 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Management, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.  He is an accredited corporate director, having received his ICD.D designation in 2011. He has served on a number of industry and charity boards as both director and Chair.


Giles Gherson, Deputy Minister, Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Deputy Minister, Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Government of Ontario

Giles Gherson has been Deputy Minister, Small Business and Red Tape Reduction since June 2019. Since March 2020, he has also been Deputy Minister, Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

Gherson joined the Ontario Public Service (OPS) in 2007 as Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, Communications. From 2008 to 2011, he was Deputy Minister and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, Policy and Delivery. Gherson has been a leading force in modernizing government communications, including introducing social media.

From 2011 to 2014, he was Deputy Minister, Consumer Services. From 2014 to 2018, Gherson was Deputy Minister for two ministries: Economic Development and Growth; and Research, Innovation and Science. And from 2017 to 2018 he also served in a third role, as Deputy Minister Responsible for Small Business.

In July 2018, Gherson moved to Cabinet Office, where he was Deputy Minister, Red Tape and Regulatory Burden Reduction.

Before joining the OPS, he was editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star, editor of the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business and editor-in-chief of the Edmonton Journal. Gherson has worked as an editor, reporter and columnist in Washington, Ottawa and Edmonton. In the mid-1990s, he was Principal Secretary for Social Security Reform in the federal Department of Human Resources Development.

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