Federal Fiscal Update: The Prognosis for Canada’s Economic Health
As Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland provides her long-awaited update on Canada’s finances, it’s time for a federal fiscal update.
Join the Ottawa Board of Trade, the Ottawa Business Journal and its partners for a virtual event that will provide a prognosis on Canada’s economic health.
With the federal deficit estimated at $350 billion due to emergency pandemic spending, the government’s fiscal position hasn’t been this grave since the second world war. This financial bind might have a profound impact on the regional and national economy.
In this YouTube Live broadcast, you will hear:
The Honourable Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa-Vanier and Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance will present an overview of the federal governments fiscal update
Huw Williams of Impact Public Affairs and Sueling Ching of OBoT will moderate a Q&A with the Minister
Gavin Miranda, regional tax leader for MNP, will provide an analysis of the fiscal update and what it means for businesses and entrepreneurs
a panel of experts including Trevin Stratton, chief economist for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and Lanny Westersund, MNP partner and government affairs advisor will examine policy options for the federal government to encourage an economic recovery
Don’t miss this lively and engaging discussion on the country’s economic health and what it could mean to you, the national capital region and Canada.
Hear insights from:
The Honourable Mona Fortier MP for Ottawa-Vanier and Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Elected as the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier in 2017, the Honourable Mona Fortier is a proud Franco-Ontarian Minister.
Minister Fortier is focused on making life more affordable for Canadians, protecting the environment, and helping businesses prosper. She is a strong advocate for linguistic duality and social justice. As a mother of three, a University of Ottawa graduate, community leader, and entrepreneur, Minister Fortier knows that it is important to come together with an ambitious plan to build strong communities.
Gavin Miranda Regional Tax Leader, MNP
Gavin Miranda, CPA, CA, is a Partner, Taxation services in MNP's Ottawa office. Gavin has more than 17 years of experience helping public and private companies with their tax compliance, tax consulting and tax provisioning needs.
He has worked with clients in both the restaurant and hotel industries, assisting them with their business models and domestic and international tax considerations. Gavin also has in depth tax compliance experience, working with teams internationally to co-ordinate and deliver tax compliance services to large multi-national corporations.
Focusing on understanding his client's needs ensures Gavin delivers the highest quality of services that exceed his client's expectations.
Gavin is Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA), designated in 2001. He graduated from the University of Waterloo, Masters of Accounting, specialization in taxation, in 1999, after achieving a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1998.
Huw Williams President, Impact Public Affairs
Huw Williams is the President of Impact Public Affairs and specializes in government and media relations. With extensive experience in the print and broadcast media, he has appeared frequently as a corporate spokesperson on CBC and CTV national news. Mr. Williams’ government experience is diverse, having served as Acting Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; as a Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of Constitutional Affairs; and as a Legislative Assistant to the Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly. He also served as an intern to a United States Congressman from the Sixth District of Indiana. Mr. Williams authored “A Government Relations Guide For Directors of Non-Profit Organizations” published by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). He also served on the board of directors for the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC).
In 2010, Williams was named worldwide Public Affairs Professional of the Year finalist by PRNews Magazine. Williams’ other accolades include the CSAE Griner Award for outstanding “Business Excellence”, one of The Hill Times’ Top 100 lobbyists in Canada, and the Ottawa Business Journal’s “Top Forty under 40 Award” for professional success and community involvement. Mr. Williams holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Calgary. He has also completed studies at the Université de Tours in France and is bilingual.
Trevin Stratton Ph.D. Chief Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Trevin Stratton is an award-winning business economist, specializing in global and technological change. He helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from the trends that are reshaping industry and international business. Trevin is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders and has counseled senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world.
Through his extensive experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as trade associations, labour, and non-profit organization, Trevin has been instrumental in shaping the public policy environment in Canada and abroad. As Chief Economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, he helps develop national policy positions aimed at improving Canada's economic performance and the competitiveness of Canadian business. Prior to joining the Chamber, Trevin was named as Ottawa's Forty Under 40 for founding and leading BDO Canada's national economic development consulting line.
Trevin's research has been published in Routledge's International Studies in Business History, cited in NATO's Strategic Foresight Analysis, and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
He studied at Carleton University in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland. He has held appointments as an International Scholar at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, as an E.C. Harwood Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at the American University in Dubai. Trevin currently sit on the Board of Governors at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Leadership Council at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.