Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think-tank

Canada 2020 is Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think-tank working to redefine the role of the federal government for a modern Canada.

Founded in 2006, Canada 2020 has spent a decade publishing original research, hosting events, and starting conversations about Canada’s future.

Our goal is to build a community of progressive peopleand ideas that will move and shape governments.


  • Thomas Pitfield

    This year, Canada 2020 turns 10.
    Put another way: our organization is now just 4 short years away from its namesake year of 2020.
    And as I assume my new role as President, I see that as an opportunity to reflect on the work we have done over the past decade, and the role we play in shaping the conversation about Canada’s future.


Our Team

  • Thomas Pitfield

    Thomas (Tom) Pitfield is President of Canada 2020, Canada’s leading, independent, progressive think-tank. He is also one of the organization’s Co-Founders. Prior to his appointment, Tom served as the Chief Digital Strategist for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal election campaign, as well as his campaign for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Previously, Tom served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Honourable Jack Austin. He also worked in China for the Canada Chinese Business Council and as a business strategy consultant, specializing in Corporate Governance, for IBM Canada. After co-founding IBM’s Toronto Innovation Center, he worked as Policy Advisor to the Director of IBM’s Business Partner Channel. Tom holds an honours degree in business from Queen’s University and a Masters Degree with Merit in Political Philosophy from the London School of Economics.

  • Tim Barber

    Tim Barber is one of the three co-founders of Canada 2020. Tim has spent over 25 years over in and around the federal government and working on public policy issues in Ottawa. He has worked in the Federal Provincial relations office, the Privy Council Office, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of International Trade. He has a long history of convening groups of people who share his passion for politics and public policy. Between 1993 and 2001, Tim co-founded and organized the “Cathay Club”, as well as the annual “Bluesky” sessions held at Meech Lake (1999 to 2005).

  • Susan Smith

    Susan Smith is one of the co-founders of Canada 2020. For over 25 years, she has worked as a communications strategist, she has provided strategic advice and implementation to political and business leaders across Canada throughout her career as a communications consultant in Ottawa and Calgary. She has served as the senior communications advisory to the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Human Resources Development and the Leader of the Opposition. As a political “pundit”, she has appeared regularly on CTV Newsnet, CBC Newsworld, CPAC and in the Ottawa Citizen.

  • Alex Paterson
    Director, Communications & Operations

    Alex Paterson is Canada 2020's Director of Communications and Operations, overseeing the organization's communications, events, research and online initiatives.   He is also one of the Co-Founders of Training for Progress, a not-for-profit organization that provides training, research and support to Canada's progressive campaigners.   Alex has spent 10 years working in communications, campaigns and Canadian public policy. He has served as an Associate Producer for CBC Newsworld, a communications strategist for Greenpeace, a consultant for various government departments, companies and NGOs.   He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Carleton University and an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Western Ontario.   Members of the public and the media can contact Alex at (613) 789-0000 x 224, or follow him at @alexgpaterson.

  • Melanie Coulson
    Director, Content & Engagement

    Melanie Coulson has spent more than 15 years experience working as an award-winning, senior-level journalist in major newsrooms across the country before moving to communications and content marketing. She has worked as Director, Communications and Content at United Way Ottawa and Director of Communications at Sustainable Prosperity, an economic think tank based out of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment. For the past six years, Melanie has taught a digital media course at Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication with a focus on social media and civic culture. She has also been a judge for the National Newspaper Awards’ multimedia entries and the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Innovation Award. At Canada 2020, Melanie oversees the organization’s content creation and distribution through various social media channels. You can reach Melanie at or via Twitter @mel_coulson.

  • Émilie Montour
    Project Coordinator

    Émilie is in charge of organising and administering Canada 2020's project activities in cooperation with and under the direction of the Director of Communications & Operations. She has spent the past 4 years working on Parliament Hill, as a House of Commons Page and as a Hill Office Assistant to a Member of Parliament.  Emilie also gained research experience working as an Intern for the Interagency Coalition on HIV and Aids, and while performing research with the International Development School at the University of Ottawa and the Kenyatta University of Kenya. Emilie recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honour’s Bachelor of Social Science in International Economics and Development. You can reach Emilie at

  • Mike Moffatt
    Senior Associate

    Dr. Mike Moffatt is Senior Associate at Canada 2020. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey Business School at Western University where he teaches courses in international trade and firm-level strategy. Mike is Director of Ivey’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management, a public policy centre that is tasked with bridging the gap between business strategy and government policy. Prior to joining the Lawrence Centre, he conducted his public policy research at the Mowat Centre, Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy, where he held the title of Chief Economist.

  • Reva Seth
    Senior Associate

    For the past decade Reva has worked at the intersection of journalism, public policy and strategic communications. She's the best selling author of two non-fiction books, her most recent, The MomShift: Women Share Their Stories of Career Success After Children was described by The Globe & Mail as a “Brash new take on Working Moms. Reva regularly writes on gender equity, talent optimization and the new world of her work.  She has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, CBS Sunday Morning, CTV’s Canada a.m., The Steven & Chris Show, and her writing and ideas have been featured in Fast Company, The Atlantic, The Times (London), The Rotman School of Business,  Canadian Business, The Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, The National Post, The Ottawa Citizen, Policy Options, Reader’s Digest, and Redbook, among others. Reva began her career as a lawyer on Bay Street. She attended the University of British Columbia (international relations) and holds an LLB from Western and an LLM (Trade & Competition Law) from Osgoode.  She sits on Board of Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict & Justice at The University of Toronto.

  • Don Lenihan
    Senior Associate, Research & Engagement

    Dr. Don Lenihan is Senior Associate, Policy and Engagement, at Canada 2020, Canada’s leading, independent progressive think-tank. He is an internationally recognized expert on public engagement, Open Government and democracy. Most recently, Don led an Expert Group process for the UN and the OECD on public engagement models to support the post-2015 UN agenda on sustainable development. He also recently served as Chair of the Open Government Engagement Team for the Government of Ontario. Don’s most recent book, Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement, was published in January 2012 and is an introduction to the field of public engagement, as well as a blueprint for change, and a sustained argument for the need to rethink the public policy process. For more on Don Lenihan, click here.


Global Advisors

  • Amanda Howe

    Amanda Howe advises clients on organizational challenges and major events.  Amanda's recent portfolio includes the city’s role in the visit of Pope Francis to New York and the historic ticker tape parade held in Manhattan to honor the 2015 World Cup champions; the U.S. Women's Soccer team. Previously, Amanda served as Acting Chief of Staff to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and was the Chief Operating Officer of the Democratic National Committee for three years during President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Amanda is the former Vice President of the American Council on Renewable Energy in Washington, DC. Amanda has extensive state government experience, serving in two administrations in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she led the planning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's official visit to the U.S. in 2007.  She served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Governor Mark R. Warner, with a focus on economic development, tourism, and energy, and as Senior Advisor for Communications to Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. Amanda is a native of Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada, and holds a B.A. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Ruma Bose
    UN Foundation

    Ruma Bose is a serial entrepreneur, investor, best-selling author and mother.   She is currently President of Chobani Foundation, where she launched Chobani Ventures, supporting entrepreneurs making delicious, nutritious and natural foods more affordable to people. Prior to this, she was President and co-CEO of Sprayology, President at Vincent Longo Cosmetics and Co-Founder at Finishline.  Her investment experience includes being Managing Director at Innovator’s Fund and Senior Director at Roseworth Capital. Ruma co-authored the international bestselling book, “Mother Teresa, CEO” which has been translated into multiple languages.  The book demonstrates the management and leadership principles of Mother Teresa, inspired by time Ruma spent with Mother Teresa. Ruma is a sought after speaker globally.  She is frequently in the media and her work has been written about in numerous publications. She has spoken at the United Nations and has been an advisor to many UN initiatives around the world, and sits on the Global Entrepreneur’s Council at the UN Foundation.  Ruma is an active mentor to entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders globally and sits on several boards.

  • Mark Stabile

    Mark Stabile is the Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto and Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Rotman School of Management. His current research interests include the economics of child health, economics of health care and health insurance, and tax policy and health insurance. His work has been published widely in journals including the Journal of Health Economics; Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, and American Economic Review, among others. Professor Stabile’s past honours include a 2007 and 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Rotman School of Management, and he was the recipient of the John C. Polanyi Prize in Economics in 2003, and the Harry Johnson Prize in 2002. Professor Stabile received his B.A. from the University of Toronto, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

  • Emilie Potvin

    Emilie Potvin currently serves as Vice President, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce- Canada’s most influential business association. As a member of the Executive team, Emilie is responsible for overseeing all external communications, media relations and public relations for the organisation and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors on various communications and policy issues. She also serves at Canada’s Sherpa to the B20 Coalition- the Business group affiliated to the G20 and G8 processes. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Emilie served as Chief of staff to two ministers in the Canadian Government and held a number of positions in the private sector with companies such as Bombardier and CAE. Emilie began her career as a Foreign Service Officer where she worked on G8 Summits and in the Eastern Africa division. She holds an MBA in International Management from HEC Montréal and a degree in political Science from the Université de Montréal.

  • Ian Mallory
    SeaNG Corporation

    Ian Mallory is President of Pickworth Investments LP, a venture capital and advisory firm based in Calgary specializing in energy and natural resources.  He has extensive experience in international business and law. Ian has been an executive at three major Canadian energy companies, developing and executing projects in numerous countries.  While at Westcoast Energy between 1995 and 2002, he built its Mexican subsidiary into Canada’s largest investor in the country.  Prior to his experience in the energy sector, Ian was counsel to the treasury of the World Bank for four years. He is a graduate of Harvard, the University of Toronto, and Cambridge, and was called to the bar of Ontario in 1986.  He is an officer of Sea NG Corporation and a director of various private companies in the energy and natural resource sectors.  Ian has taught at the law school at Georgetown University and at the business school at the University of Calgary.  He is on the Advisory Boards of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary. He resides in São Paulo.

  • Kenneth Courtis
    Next Capital Partners

    Kenneth S. Courtis is Founding Chairman of Next Capital Partners, and of Next Capital Advisors. He is former Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, and Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asia, and continues to advise the firm globally. He is one of the world’s leading investment bankers and analysts of Asian economies. He has led a number of large, international corporate transactions centred on Asia, and pioneered in number of investment banking areas across the Asia Pacific. Widely sought after by the heads of major corporations and investors for his knowledge of how global market forces, finance, politics, and corporate strategy interact, Mr. Courtis advises major clients throughout the Asia–Pacific region, as well as in Europe and North America. He received his undergraduate degree from Glendon College in Toronto and an M.A. in international relations from Sussex University in the United Kingdom. He earned an M.B.A. at INSEAD (the European Institute of Business Administration), and received a Doctorate with honours and high distinction, from L’Institut D’etudes Politiques, Paris.

  • Diana Carney
    Pi Capital

    Previously VP research at Canada 2020, Diana has worked for a range of development organisations and policy think tanks in both Canada and the UK. As part of a diverse portfolio, she works at the convening organisation, Pi Capital, supports various green economy initiatives, sits on several boards - including Save the Children UK, the Friends of the Royal Academy and the sustainable energy charity, Ashden (where she is chair) - and takes care of her four daughters. Diana has a first class undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and advanced degrees from both Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Matt Browne
    Center for American Progress

    Matt Browne is a Visiting Fellow at American Progress, working on building trans-Atlantic and international progressive networks and studying trans-Atlantic policy issues. Previously, Matt was director of public affairs in APCO Worldwide’s London office, where he ran the company’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa government relations practice. Matt is also the former director of Policy Network—the international network founded by Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroeder, Goran Persson, and Giuliano Amato—and remains a member of the organization’s governing board and advisory council. During his time at Policy Network, Matt worked closely with a host of progressive leaders, prime ministers’ and presidents’ offices across the globe, and international organizations such as the U.N. and WTO. Matt also ran the international press operation for New Labour’s general election campaigns in 2001 and 2005.


Canadian Advisors

  • Don Newman
    Chairman, Canada 2020 Advisory Board

    Don Newman, the Chairman of Canada 2020′s Advisory Board, is a trusted and respected public affairs advisor and a distinguished journalist, broadcaster and author.  His recent career memoir “Welcome to the Broadcast” chronicles the politics and changing media landscape that he reported on and witnessed, and the leaders he met and interviewed over five decades. He is now Principal Strategic Counsel at Temple Scott Associates, a public affairs firm in Toronto and Ottawa, and a sought-after public speaker, panel moderator and political commentator. In recognition of his balanced coverage, high journalistic standards and in-depth knowledge of politics, public policy, history and current events, Don Newman was named to the Order of Canada in 1999. He is a life-member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and Canada’s History Society, and also a recipient of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Gordon Sinclair Award for special achievement in broadcast journalism, the Parliamentary Press Gallery’s Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues, the Public Policy Forum’s Hyman Solomon Award for public policy journalism; and has honorary degrees from Queens’ and Winnipeg universities.

  • Colin McKay
    Google Canada

    Colin is the Head of Google's Public Policy and Government Relations team in Canada. Colin is a member of the board at MediaSmarts, a not-for-profit organization that provides youth with critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens, and is a member of the Government of Canada Advisory Panel on Open Government, as well as sitting on the boards of Canada 2020, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, the Canadian-American Business Council and the Missing Children's Society of Canada. Before joining Google, he worked at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, where his team researched the impact of the digital economy on personal privacy and then built online tools to help Canadians understand their privacy rights. Prior to that, he worked on science and technology, patent, copyright, innovation, and transportation communications and policy for the Government of Canada. He has a B.A and M.A from the University of Toronto in International Relations.

  • Shannon MacDonald
    Johnson & Johnson Inc.

    Ms. MacDonald is the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Inc. (Canada) where she leads internal and external communications, provincial and federal advocacy and policy initiatives, and stakeholder relations for J&J’s Consumer Healthcare division. A long-standing health policy advocate, Shannon has worked with patients, health charities, research organizations, government agencies and industry to advance patient-centred policy to help Canadians live well. Shannon founded the Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) coalition, co-authored the NHCC’s Framework for a National Brain Strategy (2010) and co-chaired Canada’s first National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (2014), working in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada. In her spare time, Shannon volunteers on the Board of Directors for Consumer Health Products Canada, the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre and the University of Alberta Dean’s Advisory Board for the Faculty of Pharmacy. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Shannon lives in Toronto with her husband Breydon, two daughters and a Jack Russell Terrier named ‘Haggis’.

  • Kevin Chan
    Facebook Canada

    Kevin Chan is Head of Public Policy, Canada for Facebook Inc. In this capacity he leads the company's public policy efforts in Canada, facilitating an ongoing dialogue with policy-makers about Facebook’s products and services, and engaging on a broad range of issues that impact the Internet sector. Kevin was previously Deputy Secretary-General of McGill University and a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. Earlier he served in executive roles in the federal public service. He began his career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte. Kevin serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and the Dean’s Council at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He has held visiting appointments at Simon Fraser University's School of Public Policy and its Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue. Kevin graduated from Harvard Kennedy School, the Ivey Business School and the Royal Conservatory of Music. A 2004 Action Canada Fellow and a 2013 CommunityShift Fellow, he is a recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

  • Jaime Watt
    Navigator Ltd.

    Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator Ltd. He specializes in complex public strategy issues, serving both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not-for-profit, and government sectors. ‪He is a trusted advisor to business leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada. Jaime has led ground-breaking election campaigns that have transformed politics because of their boldness and creativity. ‪Jaime is immediate past president of the Albany Club, Canada’s oldest political club. He also serves on the boards of many other organizations including the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto, the Stratford Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. As well, he chairs the Capital Campaign for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer AIDS hospice, and is past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Canada’s oldest podium of record. Deeply involved with efforts to promote equality and human rights issues, he was the inaugural recipient of Egale’s Lifetime Achievement Award and has been awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals for service to the community. He recently received Out on Bay Street’s Leader to be Proud of Award. Jaime has been elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, is a Toronto Heritage Companion, and was recently named one of Toronto’s most influential citizens. ‪A highly regarded speaker, Jaime appears often as a public affairs commentator in the media. He is a regular contributor to the CBC, including his own segment on the popular Power and Politics program with Evan Solomon, Sunday Scrum with Andrew Nichols, and on its flagship news program The National with Peter Mansbridge.

  • Rana Sarkar

    Rana Sarkar is the National Director for High Growth Markets at KPMG Canada and Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. From 2009-2013 he was President & Chief Executive Officer of the Canada-India Business Council. He is a frequent speaker and ideas contributor on global change and innovation. From 2001-2009 Rana was co-owner of Content Partners (UK/US) and London based global advisory firm Rawlings Atlantic Limited and an investor and advisor to a number of high growth companies, social ventures and affiliated with think tanks in Europe and the US. He started his career as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in London, Munich and New Delhi and was a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics and the CASS Business School He is a member of the advisory council of the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation, The Literary Review of Canada and Toronto Rehab Foundation. In Toronto he served on the Mandate Review committee for the GTMA and co-chaired the Labour market working group for Civic Action.  Rana attended London School of Economics, Queen’s University at Kingston, and the INSEAD Executive Program.

  • Chris Smillie
    Canada's Building Trades Unions

    Christopher Smillie’s current role is Senior Advisor – Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Canadian Office, also known as the Canada’s Building Trades Unions. CBTU represents more than 550,000 skilled tradespeople in fifteen trades in every province and territory. Chris is responsible for government relations and public affairs with the Government of Canada in Ottawa, On.  Chris interacts with Members of Parliament and various federal government departments on national issues affecting the construction and energy industry. Chris works for and with the affiliated construction trades to deliver a united message in Ottawa for the membership in Canada. Chris attended and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London,ON and holds an honours Political Science degree. Chris is currently a master’s candidate at McMaster University / Syracuse University’s Master of Communication Management program. Chris is originally from Oakville, ON and now resides in Ottawa, ON with his daughter Aislynn.  Chris worked for the Royal Bank of Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada for a number of years as a relationship manager and commercial lender.

  • Michael Sangster

    Michael Sangster joined TELUS Communications (“TELUS”) in March of 2004. He is currently Vice-President, Federal Government Affairs. His responsibilities include developing and managing extensive federal government and community affairs programs to attain favourable political, policy and regulatory decisions. Michael also works closely with the sales and marketing teams within TELUS to build and leverage the TELUS brand in the Ottawa community. Prior to joining TELUS, Michael was Managing Partner at the Waterloo Group – a firm he founded to build business opportunities for private sector and government clients. Clients included foreign governments, a national health care association, a major Canadian convention facility, non-profit organisations, an event management company and a national conference on health care issues. Prior to, Michael was an executive with a group of high tech companies prior to and after their acquisition by BCE Emergis. Michael was born in Winnipeg and attended the University of Manitoba, St. Paul’s College. Michael is an active member of the community with involvement and awards from numerous charities and organizations for his efforts in the community including the Ottawa Food Bank, Community Foundation of Ottawa and was awarded a Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association. Michael was recently named for the 6th year in a row as one of the top 100 lobbyists in Canada and is known for his charity work in Ottawa and Winnipeg. He recently chaired the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Food Bank and is the founder of the Hill Charity Golf Classic that has raised over 1 million dollars for charities in the national capital region.

  • Peter Nicholson
    Council of Canadian Academies

    Dr. Peter Nicholson was the inaugural president of the Council of Canadian Academies from February 2006 through December 2009. The Council supports expert panels that assess the science that is relevant to issues of public importance. The Council’s reports include a major analysis of innovation in Canada entitled “Innovation and Business Strategy: Why Canada Falls Short.” From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Nicholson was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Prior to that he was Special Advisor to the Secretary-general of the OECD.  Dr. Nicholson’s varied career has included senior executive positions in the banking and telecommunications industries, as well as a number of public service positions including Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with Finance Canada (1994-95). Dr. Nicholson is a Member of the Order of Canada.

  • Howard Millard
    TD Bank Group

    Howie Millard is Associate Vice President, Government Relations for TD Bank Group. Howie runs the team responsible for TD’s Government Relations activities in Canada, which includes all of the business lines (TD Canada Trust, TD Securities, TD Waterhouse and TD Insurance) as well the corporate functions (tax, ownership and human resources, etc). Before joining TD in 2008, Howie worked for ten years as a political advisor in Ottawa.

  • The Hon. Anne McLellan
    Bennett Jones LLP

    The Hon. Anne McLellan, P.C. was appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Alberta on May 12, 2006 and the first Distinguished Scholar appointed to the newly established Institute for United States Policy Studies at the University. Anne McLellan served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993-2006. Ms McLellan was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (December 2003 – January 2006). Ms McLellan also served as federal Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. From 1976 to 1980, Ms McLellan was an assistant professor of law at the University of New Brunswick. In 1980, she moved to Edmonton to take a position as associate professor of law at the University of Alberta. She served as associate dean of the Faculty of Law between 1985 and 1987 and was acting dean from July 1991 to June 1992. Ms McLellan has also served on the boards of directors of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Alberta Legal Aid and was Vice-President of the University of Alberta’s Faculty Association.She holds Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees from Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws degree from King’s College, University of London.

  • Kim Furlong
    AMGEN Canada

    Kim Furlong joined Amgen Canada as Director, Federal Government Affairs in 2008.  In her previous role, she held the position of Vice President Federal Government Relations for the Retail Council of Canada. Before entering the private sector, she occupied the position of Director of Communications to the Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew. Prior to joining Minister Pettigrew’s office, she spent two years advising the Honorable James. S. Peterson, then International Trade Minister on trade policy issues such as aerospace, intellectual property, and emerging markets, namely India. Ms. Furlong began her career in the public service by contracting her services to the Government of Canada in the field of communications. She was a member of the communication division of G8 Summit Office in Kananaskis and was a member of the crisis communication team that handled the initial BSE outbreak in Canada. Her work and that of her team was recognized and awarded the Head of the Public Service Award. Actively engaged, Furlong is a member of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan action committee devoted to the still-bold idea that more women must be elected to every level of government in Canada. Ms. Furlong is the former President of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Alumni Association where she received a Masters degree in Trade Policy and Global Finance. She is also an alumni of McGill University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American history. A Quebec native, Furlong was born and raised in the picturesque town of Percé on the Gaspé Peninsula. She now lives in Toronto.

  • Mark Cameron
    Clean Prosperity

    Mark Cameron is senior vice-president and deputy energy practice leader at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Mark provides strategic advice to clients in the oil, natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydro, and renewable sectors, helping clients navigate the increasingly complex energy-sector environment. Mark brings 20 years of government, business, and consulting experience focused on public policy and strategic decision making. After serving in successively senior positions in government and Parliament, Mark served from 2006 to 2009 as director of policy and research and senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada. In this position, Mark managed the policy process in the Prime Minister’s Office, playing key leadership roles on files ranging from federal budgets and throne speeches to energy and climate change policy to the auto sector, and served as part of Canada’s delegations to meetings of the G8, NATO, and APEC. Mark has also acted as a consultant on energy and environmental issues, worked for Ontario Power Generation as director, corporate affairs, and most recently as director, global public policy with BlackBerry. Mark also serves on the boards of directors of the Canadian-American Business Council and Cardus, the advisory board of the Munk Debates, the Sustainable Prosperity steering committee and the advisory council of the Pembina Institute. Mark was educated at McGill University and the University of British Columbia, holding an honours bachelor of arts and master of arts degree from UBC.


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