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SusanScotti

Susan Scotti

Executive Vice President

John R.Dillon

John R. Dillon

Senior Vice President, Policy and Corporate Counsel

Ross H.Laver

Ross H. Laver

Senior Vice President, Policy and Communications

NancyWallace

Nancy Wallace

Vice President, Corporate Services

BrianKingston

Brian Kingston

Vice President Policy, International and Fiscal Issues

Andreavan Vugt

Andrea van Vugt

Vice President Policy, North America

ValerieWalker

Valerie Walker

Vice President, Talent and Skills

CamVidler

Cam Vidler

Vice President, Industry and Innovation

ChantalRoy

Chantal Roy

Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer

IsabelleDuchaine

Isabelle Duchaine

Manager, Business/Higher Education Roundtable

TrevorKennedy

Trevor Kennedy

Policy Associate

McKensiPatterson

McKensi Patterson

Communications Officer

CallumSmith

Callum Smith

Associate Communications Officer

MoniqueRaymond-Dubé

Monique Raymond-Dubé

Executive Assistant

PattiMatchem

Patti Matchem

Senior Administrative Associate

MeaganLachance

Meagan Lachance

Administrative Associate

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SusanScotti

Susan Scotti

Executive Vice President

613-288-3860

Susan Scotti is the Executive Vice President at the Business Council of Canada.  In that capacity, Ms. Scotti manages the daily operations of the Council, including strategic planning, development of the Council’s policy priorities, oversight of financial and human resources, as well as membership development and events planning.

 

Prior to joining the Business Council of Canada in 2011, Susan was a senior executive with the Government of Canada for over 30 years. She was Senior Assistant Deputy Minister with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada until December 2008 and has also held senior positions in the Ministries of Canadian Heritage, Communications, Indian and Northern Affairs and the Privy Council Office. In addition, Susan has worked as an independent consultant focusing on strategic planning, governance and organizational development.

John R.Dillon

John R. Dillon

Senior Vice President, Policy and Corporate Counsel

613-288-3863

In his role as Senior Vice President, Policy and Corporate Counsel, John Dillon has primary responsibility for the Council’s policy work related to energy, the environment and sustainable development, business-Aboriginal relations, corporate governance and competition law. Over the past 25 years with the Council, John has developed an active network of contacts across business, government and the NGO community in the pursuit of sound public policy solutions. One of his current priorities is working with like-minded organizations across the country to advocate for a more coherent national approach to energy and resource policy. He also chairs an informal industry coalition that aims to positively influence government policy related to climate change and air quality.

Ross H.Laver

Ross H. Laver

Senior Vice President, Policy and Communications

613-288-3862

As Senior Vice President, Policy and Communications, Ross Laver conducts research and engages in policy development across a wide range of domestic and global issues. His primary areas of focus are innovation and competitiveness. Ross also oversees the Council’s communications strategy and media relations. Prior to joining the Council, he spent 23 years as a journalist with Maclean’s magazine, The Globe and Mail and The Ottawa Citizen. He has also held corporate marketing and communications roles with two Ottawa-based technology companies. He is the author of two books: Random Excess (1998); and Savage Messiah (1993).

NancyWallace

Nancy Wallace

Vice President, Corporate Services

613-288-3858

Nancy Wallace, Vice President, Corporate Services, a longtime member of the Council’s headquarters staff, organizes all of the meetings of the Council and its Board of Directors, as well as special events. She is responsible for handling the Council finances, including membership fees, contracts, payroll and audit. Nancy handles membership inquiries and she also manages administrative matters at Council headquarters.

BrianKingston

Brian Kingston

Vice President Policy, International and Fiscal Issues

613-288-3855

Brian Kingston leads the Council’s work on international trade, investment, fiscal and monetary policy issues. In this role he manages CEO engagement with India, Japan, Brazil and China, the Council’s tax policy advisory network and the annual Total Tax Contribution report. Prior to joining the Council, Brian gained comprehensive experience across the federal government through various positions at the Department of Finance, Global Affairs Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. Brian is an Action Canada Fellow, World Economic Forum Global Shaper and alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carleton University, a master’s degree in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and an MBA from Ivey Business School.

Andreavan Vugt

Andrea van Vugt

Vice President Policy, North America

613-288-3853

With nearly 20 years of provincial and federal public policy experience, Andrea van Vugt leads the Council’s work on North America, advising on bilateral and trilateral issues with the United States and Mexico. As Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Trade, and as Foreign Affairs and Trade Advisor to the Prime Minister from 2009 to 2014, Andrea played an instrumental role in the conclusion of the Canada-Europe and Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations.  She advised the Prime Minister and members of cabinet during more than 20 bilateral visits around the world, and at summits which included the G8, G20, North American Leaders’ Summit, COP and NATO. Prior to joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Andrea held a number of roles in the private and non-profit sectors, including as Director of Government Relations for TELUS and as Associate Director for Corporate Relations for the Richard Ivey School of Business. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from King’s University College.

ValerieWalker

Valerie Walker

Vice President, Talent and Skills

613-288-3859

As Vice President, Talent and Skills, Val Walker leads the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). Made up of the heads of Canadian companies, universities and colleges, BHER works to support young Canadians as they transition from education to the workplace, strengthen research collaboration between industry and institutions, and help Canadian employers as they adapt to the economy of the future.

Beyond this work, Val consults and advises government officials, academics and private sector leaders on changing trends in training and skill development and speaks regularly on innovation and talent.

Prior to joining the Council, Val was the Director of Policy at Mitacs. She holds a PhD from McGill University and is an alumna of the Government of Canada’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program.

CamVidler

Cam Vidler

Vice President, Industry and Innovation

613-288-3854

Cam Vidler joined the Council in July, 2017.  He leads the Council’s industry-level research as well as policy development and advocacy on innovation, technology, intellectual property, competition and regulatory issues. In this role he tracks domestic and global trends affecting Canadian companies and consults regularly with government and business leaders. Previously, Cam served as senior economic advisor to the leader of Canada’s official opposition and director of international policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Cam holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He began his career as an economic researcher and policy consultant with the Fraser Institute, World Bank and United Nations.

ChantalRoy

Chantal Roy

Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer

613-238-3735

Chantal Roy has worked for The Honourable John Manley since 2002. She handles the many demands on Mr. Manley’s schedule in his capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as his other responsibilities as a Corporate Director. Before joining the Council in 2009, Chantal supported Mr. Manley in various ministerial roles and at McCarthy Tétrault. Prior to 2002 she worked in other ministerial and parliamentary offices, and in the government relations office of Imperial Oil Limited in Ottawa.

IsabelleDuchaine

Isabelle Duchaine

Manager, Business/Higher Education Roundtable

416-220-4191

As Manager of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Isabelle Duchaine leads BHER’s external communications and several other initiatives that support its goals of increasing employment opportunities for young Canadians, boosting private sector and post-secondary research collaborations and helping businesses adapt to the economy of the future. Prior to this role, she worked as the Business Council’s communications officer, as a research fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BAH in history and political studies from Queen’s University and a Masters in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo. ​

TrevorKennedy

Trevor Kennedy

Policy Associate

613-288-3870

As a Policy Associate for the Business Council of Canada, Trevor Kennedy supports the Council’s work on international, trade and fiscal issues, with a focus on the Asia and North America. Previous to joining the Council, Trevor worked at Global Affairs Canada as a Trade Policy Officer. Prior to this, he was a Junior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Trevor lived and worked in Japan for 3 years with Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme and is fluent in Japanese. He holds a Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from St. Thomas University, New Brunswick.

McKensiPatterson

McKensi Patterson

Communications Officer

613-288-3861

McKensi Patterson is responsible for the Council’s day-to-day external communications and media relations activities. She supports the CEO and other members of the executive team on strategic communications, manages the website and social media feeds, and oversees the distribution of reports, news releases and speeches. Before joining the Business Council headquarters team, McKensi spent more than five years working for the City of Calgary in communications and political support roles. She has a certificate in public participation from the International Association of Public Participation, an area of focus for her graduate research. McKensi holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Trent University and a Master of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

CallumSmith

Callum Smith

Associate Communications Officer

613-288-3857

Callum Smith joined the Business Council in September 2016. In his role as the Associate Communications Officer, Callum is responsible for producing the Council’s visual communications products. He supports the Council executive with projects, publications and digital media designs. Callum holds a degree from the University of Guelph in Media Studies, and a Diploma in Media Communication from the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

MoniqueRaymond-Dubé

Monique Raymond-Dubé

Executive Assistant

613-288-3865

Monique Raymond-Dubé, Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President, joined the Council in May 2002.  She provides day-to-day support to the Executive VP and other VPs. She also assists in the planning and execution of the Council’s triannual membership meetings. Educated at Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology and Laurentian University, she began her career as a legal secretary before spending 18 years at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

PattiMatchem

Patti Matchem

Senior Administrative Associate

613-288-3856

Patti Matchem joined the Council in May 2006. As the Senior Administrative Associate, she is responsible for the administration of Council membership and recruitment. She manages the membership database and the Council’s network of contacts. Patti has 25 years of administrative experience and a certificate in business administration.

MeaganLachance

Meagan Lachance

Administrative Associate

613-288-3864

Meagan Lachance has been with the Council since 2009. She coordinates technology support for the Council’s staff and is the administrative assistant to the VP of Corporate Services and the SVP of Policy and Communications. In addition, she provides administrative and logistical support for membership meetings. Meagan holds a B.A. in psychology from Carleton University.

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