Ten members added to federal government’s Industry Strategy Council

Minister Navdeep Bains

The federal government has announced the members of its Industry Strategy Council, the initiative aimed to help with Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council, which was first announced in May, will act as an advisory board to assess the pandemic’s impact on industries and broaden the government’s understanding of specific sectoral pressures. The council is composed of senior business leaders who will communicate with the government as it assesses economic policy.

Mona Nemer, Canada’s chief scientific advisor, is joining the council to provide a science and research perspective.

“Ministers and departments across government will be engaged as we work with the Industry Strategy Council to continue our whole-of-government approach to confronting COVID-19,” said Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry Navdeep Bains. “I look forward to working hand in hand with businesses toward a recovery that makes Canadian industry more prosperous, equitable, and dynamic than ever.”

The members are tasked with sharing challenges faced by different sectors across Canada’s economy during the pandemic. Each member represents a different economic sector: advanced manufacturing, health and biosciences, agri-food, cleantech, digital industries, tourism, transportation, retail, or resources. The new members include:

The council is expected to build on the federal government’s existing model for collaboration between industry and government, known as the Economic Strategy Tables, which was first used in 2017.

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Monique Leroux, former president of Desjardins, will chair the council. The government has announced that Mona Nemer, Canada’s chief scientific advisor, is also joining as an ex-officio member to provide a perspective on science and research. An ex-officio member describes a position someone automatically gains because of another role that person already holds.

“It is both a great honour and a tremendous responsibility to be asked to chair the council, and I look forward to working with all members to build a starting point for Canada’s economic recovery in this new global context,” said Leroux. “The council will be a partnership between the private sector and the Government of Canada to help gain an understanding of industry challenges.”

Additional members of the council are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Image source Navdeep Bains via Facebook.

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