Women dominate Canada’s economic advisory council

Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District, is on the Liberal government's new economic advisory council.

OTTAWA—Women will outnumber men on what could turn out to be the most-influential group of people around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Morneau on Friday unveiled the federal government’s new advisory council, a team that will help draw up a plan designed to get the economy out of a rut.

The lineup of business and academic leaders includes eight women and six men.

The advisers, who will each be paid an annual salary of $1, are responsible for helping the government prepare a long-term growth strategy to be released by the end of the year.

The council members’ names were made public just days before the release of the Liberal government’s first budget.

The budget, to be tabled Tuesday, is expected to spell out much of Ottawa’s plans to spend billions of dollars on measures, such as infrastructure, aimed at boosting productivity and economic growth.

Last month, Morneau announced that the advisory council would be chaired by Dominic Barton, the global managing director of consulting giant McKinsey & Company.

At the time, Morneau said council members would meet him regularly and provide advice “on concrete policy actions to help create the long-term conditions for economic growth focused on the middle class.”

-more at The Star

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