In-Person Event - An Economic Growth Plan for Canada
Directors’ Dinner with Bill Morneau, Former Minister, Department of Finance Canada
The C.D. Howe Institute invites you to our annual Directors’ Dinner to hear Bill Morneau, former Minister of Finance, deliver a keynote address on the direction of Canadian economic policy. The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented event that called for unprecedented government action. With two years between us and the start of the pandemic, it’s time to review Canada’s economic policy and focus on growth. Join us on Wednesday, June 1 to hear Mr. Morneau present on his views of economic policy, and how Canadian public policy should centre on growth.
The Institute’s annual Directors’ Dinner is a premier event for discussion of major policy issues among Canadian business and thought leaders. This year’s event also recognizes an outstanding policymaker: Bill Morneau, Former Minister, Department of Finance Canada. This Dinner is our chance to recognize and thank our generous Directors, corporate members, donors and sponsors.
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Bill Morneau, Former Minister, Department of Finance Canada
Bill Morneau is an accomplished leader in government, business and philanthropy with proven international experience. Following a successful career building his family firm into the largest Canadian human resources services provider, from 2015 to 2020 he served as Canada's 39th Minister of Finance.
As Canada’s Minister of Finance, Mr. Morneau played the key role in the development and execution of economic policy, led the introduction of the Canadian approach to carbon pricing, and stewarded Canada’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also an active member in all of the major international social-economic forums, including the G7, G20, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, La Francophonie and the OECD. He played an important international role as an advocate on gender equality, climate change policy and international taxation addressing the digital economy.
Between 1990 and 2015, Mr. Morneau led the multinational human resources firm LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell). Under his leadership, the firm grew to over 4,000 employees, becoming the largest human resources services provider in Canada. In his role as Chairman and CEO, he led the firm to complete several acquisitions, and took the firm public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. LifeWorks provides over 20,000 organizations representing millions of people across North America with pension, employee benefit, and employee assistance programs.
Mr. Morneau is the co-author of The Real Retirement, an analysis of the context and the factors involved in helping Canadians plan for a successful retirement. As a philanthropist, Mr. Morneau founded a school for Somali and Sudanese girls in a UN Refugee Agency camp in northern Kenya and served as chair of St. Michael's Hospital, Covenant House and the C.D. Howe Institute. He is also sponsoring a scholarship program for young women refugees at the University of Toronto.
Mr. Morneau is currently engaged in several projects focused on the implementation of ESG objectives, both at international institutions and at the firm level.