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The Business Council of Canada brings business leaders together to shape public policy in the interests of a stronger Canada and a better world. Founded in 1976, the Business Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of the chief executives of Canada’s leading enterprises, representing companies from every region and sector of the economy. Our 150 member companies employ 1.4 million Canadians, account for more than half the value of the Toronto Stock Exchange, contribute the largest share of federal corporate taxes, and are responsible for most of Canada’s exports, corporate philanthropy, and private-sector investments in research and development. Through supply chain partnerships, service contracts and mentoring programs, Business Council members support many hundreds of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs in communities of all sizes across Canada.

The Council engages in an active program of research, consultation and advocacy on issues of national importance to the economic and social fabric of Canada. Rather than advocating for the specific interests of individual companies, regions or sectors, the Council emphasizes achieving the best outcome for the country.

As the Business Council’s President and Chief Executive Officer, The Honourable John Manley leads policy and strategy. Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer of Linamar Corporation, serves as the Business Council’s Chair.

Based in Ottawa, Council staff provide research, policy direction and support the Council’s initiatives.

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