Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains Click image to enlargeThe Government of Canada has struck a committee to develop expertise from key industries inform government actions to promote innovation, economic inclusion and growth as the economy limps back to life after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains has announced the new Industry Strategy Council, to serve as an advisory board to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19's impact on industries and to give advice on economic policy to relevant federal ministers.

The council will enlist senior business leaders, working in similar framework to the Economic Strategy Tables.

This approach is expected to bring the private sector to the table to directly share its perspective on the scope of the challenges being faced across industries.

"By leveraging the existing and trusted Economic Strategy Tables, the Industry Strategy Council will provide a forum for industry leaders to share their perspectives regarding the challenges they are facing as a result of COVID-19,” said Bains. 

While council members have not yet been named, the announcement should be imminent because the council will meet regularly over the next 90 days to identify and understand sectoral pressures that are common across industry.

The Economic Strategy Tables are part of the Government's Innovation and Skills Plan to create well-paying jobs and strengthen the middle class by investing in high-growth sectors where Canada has a globally competitive advantage.

The tables are chaired by industry leaders, with each table focusing on one sector of the economy, including: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health and bio-sciences, resources of the future, and tourism and hospitality. 

The members of the current Advanced Manufacturing Table of the Economic Strategy Tables include:

Industry Members

  • Rhonda Barnet, Steelworks Design Inc.
  • Luc Dionne, Tekna Plasma and Powders
  • Sean Donnelly, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Cynthia Garneau, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd.
  • Mike Greenley, MDA
  • Mark Kirby, S2G Bio Chemicals
  • Tessa Myers, Rockwell Automation
  • Marc Parent, CAE,
  • Mojdeh Poul, 3M Canada
  • Nancy Southern, ATCO
  • Susan Uthayakumar, Schneider Electric Canada
  • Rob Wildeboer, Martinrea International Inc.

Federal representatives

  • James Meddings, FedDev Ontario
  • Iain Stewart, National Research Council


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