Kim Furlong is CEO of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. Previously, she worked as Director, Federal Government Affairs for AMGEN Canada, and 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.