Jim Flaherty’s invitation lists

Erica Alini at the people on the Finance Minister’s guest lists

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty speaks to Brian Lee Crowley, left, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute at his yearly policy retreat at the Wakefield Mill Inn in Wakefield, Quebec. Patrick Doyle/CP.

Update: We now have the list of invitees for 2007 as well, courtesy of the Department of Finance.

Another summer, another annual policy retreat in Wakefield, Que., across the river from Ottawa. That’s where Finance Minister Jim Flaherty likes to gather a select group of high-level personalities from industry, academia, think-tanks and, yes, even someone from the media, to discuss the hot economic issues of the day. (On the agenda this year: skills shortages, labour mobility, internal trade, and promoting investment in Canada, as well as “actions that the Government of Canada and the private sector can take to build a stronger, more prosperous country,” which sounds like a catch-all phrase.) Needless to say, a seat at the table and an opportunity to whisper into the minister’s ear are coveted commodities. So, who’s been at Flaherty’s summer confab over the years? Here are the lists of invitees for the past six gatherings*:

Summer 2013:

1. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Winnipeg

2. Katherine Barr, General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

3. Marc-André Blanchard, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, McCarthy Tétrault

4. Leo de Bever, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Investment Management Corporation

5. Sean Ivens, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Medical Solutions

6. Tom Kloet, Chief Executive Officer, TMX Group

7. Amanda Lang, Senior Business Correspondent, CBC News

8. Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Startup Canada

9. Kim Mason, Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC

10. Susan McIsaac, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way Toronto

11. Tom Paddon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation

12. Ann Petley-Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Eastlink Bermuda Holdings Ltd.

13. John C. Risley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated

14. Ellis Ross, Chief Councilor, Haisla Nation

15. Yona Shtern, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Beyond the Rack

16. Niels Veldhuis, President, Fraser Institute

17. Steve Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Suncor Energy Inc.

Summer 2012

1.     André Bisson, Chair of the Board, Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations

2.     Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs, Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO

3.     John Brace, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northland Power

4.     Deborah Brown, President and Managing Director, EMD Serono, Canada

5.     Bob Cartmel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Canada, Lafarge Canada Inc.

6.     Connie Clerici, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Closing The Gap Healthcare Group

7.     Paul Douglas, President and Chief Executive Officer, PCL

8.     Dawn Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta Corporation

9.     Bruce Flatt, Senior Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Brookfield Management

10.  Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corporation

11.  Roberta Jamieson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Indspire

12.  Darby Kreitz, Chief Executive Officer, Allnorth Consultants Limited

13.  James Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tembec

14.  L. Ian MacDonald, Outgoing Editor, Policy Options Magazine

15.  Calvin McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada Inc.

16.  Francis P. McGuire , President and Chief Executive Officer, Major Drilling Group International Inc.

17.  Marcus New, President, Stockhouse Publishing Ltd.

18.  Paul Romer, Professor of Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

19.  Reza Satchu, Managing Partner, Alignvest Capital Management

20.  Barbara Stymiest, Chair of the Board, Research in Motion Limited

21.  William Watson, Associate Professor and Chairman, Economics Department, McGill University

22.  Zoe Yujnovich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Iron Ore Company of Canada

Summer 2011

1. Daniel Billen, Vice-President and General Manager, Amgen Canada Inc.

2. Julie Di Lorenzo, President, Diamante Urban Corp.

3. Sean Durfy, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, WestJet

4. David Frum, Editor,

5. Stephen A. Jarislowsky, Chairman, Jarislowsky Fraser Limited

6. Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Systems Canada

7. John Kelleher, President and Chief Executive Officer, RHB Group LP

8. Robert P. Kelly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon

9. Ian Lee, Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

10. Edmund J. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nalcor Energy

11. L. Ian Macdonald, Managing Editor, Policy Options Magazine

12. Susan J. McArthur, Managing Director, Jacob Securities Inc.

13. Andrew McKee, Chief Executive Officer, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada

14. Michael E. Moore, President and Chief Executive Officer, GCT Global Container Terminals Inc.

15. Paul Ostrander, President and Chief Executive Officer, Holcim (Canada) Inc.

16. Jim Peplinski, former Captain of the Calgary Flames

17. Nobina Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnics Canada

18. Brian Scudamore, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-GOT JUNK?

19. Brad Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications

20. Karen Sheriff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bell Aliant

21. Karl Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, FortisAlberta Inc.

22. Mark Standish, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, RBC Capital Markets

23. Michael M. Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Agrium Inc.

Summer 2010

1. Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

2. Bonnie Brooks, President and CEO, The Bay, Hudson’s Bay Company

3. Andrew Coyne, National Editor, Maclean’s

4. Kiki Delaney, President, C.A Delaney Capital Management Ltd.

5. Robert Gagné, Director, Centre for Productivity and Prosperity, and professor of HEC Montréal’s Institute of Applied Economics

6. Richard Harris, Telus Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University, and Senior Fellow , C.D. Howe Institute

7. Peter Heller, Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The John Hopkins University

8. Paul Hobson, Professor, Department of Economics, Acadia University

9. Susan Hodgett, Director, Canadian Studies Research Programme, Social and Policy Research Institute

10. David Laidler, Fellow in Residence, C. D. Howe Institute

11. Kellie Leitch, Chair, Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership, University of Western Ontario

12. Stefane Marion, Chief Economist and Strategist, National Bank Financial

13. Robert R. McEwen, Chairman and CEO, US Gold Corporation

14. David J. Mondragon, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited

15. Lars Osberg, McCulloch Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, Dalhousie University

16. John C. Risley, President and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated

17. Gavin Semple, Chief Executive Officer, Brandt Group of Companies

18. Jaime Watt, Chair, Navigator Ltd

19. Michael Weil, Senior Vice President, YMCA of the USA

20. Galen Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Ltd

21. Tamara Woroby, Senior Adjunct Professor, School of Advanced International Studies ( SAIS) The John Hopkins University and Professor of Economics U of MD System (Towson University)

Summer 2009

1. Melanie Aitken, Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau of Canada

2. Theo Caldwell, President, Caldwell Asset Management

3. Mel Cappe, President, Institute for Research on Public Policy

4. Robert J. Deluce, CEO of Porter Aviation Holdings Inc.

5. Jim Dinning, Chairman, Western Financial Group

6. Wendy Dobson, Professor and Director, Institute for International Business, University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

7. Samuel L. Duboc, President and Managing Partner, EdgeStone Capital Partners Inc.

8. Pierre Fortin, Professor of Economics, Université du Québec à Montréal

9. Roger Gibbins, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation

10. Donna Hayes, CEO, President and Publisher, Harlequin Enterprises Limited

11. Glen Hodgson, Sr. VP & Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada

12. Peter Holle, Founding President, Frontier Centre for Public Policy

13. Andrew Jackson, Canadian Labour Congress, National Director of Social and Economic Policy

14. Jacques Lamarre, former President and CEO, SNC Lavalin

15. Bruce Little, former Globe journalist

16. Kenneth James McKenzie, Department Head Professor, University of Calgary

17. Carole-Ann Miller, President, CEO and Co-Founder, Maple Trade Finance Inc.

18. Mark Mullins, CEO, Veras Inc.

19. Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University

20. Sally Pipes, President & CEO, Pacific Research Institute

21. John Richards, Professor, Simon Fraser University

22. H. Sanford (Sandy) Riley, President and CEO, Richardson Financial Group

23. William B.P. Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute

24. Conrad Sauvé, Secretary General and CEO, Canadian Red Cross Society

25. Brian Scudamore, Founder & CEO, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Summer 2008

1. Murad Al-Katib, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saskcan Pulse Trading Inc.

2. Peter Armstrong, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Armstrong Group

3. Ken Battle, President, Caledon Institute of Social Policy

4. Stephen Blank, Senior Research Analyst, North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council, Arizona State University (ASU)

5. George Gosbee, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tristone Capital Inc.

6. Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corporation

7. Calvin Helin, President, Native Investment and Trade Association

8. Paul Jewer, Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasurer, Sobeys Inc.

9. Andrea Mandel-Campbell, Journalist, author of Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson

10. Ross McKitrick, Associate Professor, University of Guelph

11. Jack Mintz, Palmer Chair in Public Policy, University of Calgary

12. Mark Mullins, Executive Director, The Fraser Institute

13. Gary Polonsky, Retired President, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

14. Pierre Pomerleau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pomerleau Inc.

15. Robert S. Prichard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Torstar Corporation

16. Manoj Pundit, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto

17. William B.P. Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute

18. Indira Samarasekera, President, University of Alberta

19. Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

20. François Vaillancourt, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Montreal

21. William Watson, Associate Professor and Chairman Economics Department, McGill University

22. John Williamson, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

23. Nigel Wright, Managing Director, Onex Corporation

Summer 2007

1. Tom Adams, Executive Director, Energy Probe

2. Andrew Chisholm, Managing Director, Group Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs

3. Jason Clemens, Director of Fiscal Studies, The Fraser Institute

4. Dominic D’Alessandro, President and CEO, Manulife Financial

5. Art DeFehr, President & CEO, Palliser Furniture Ltd
6. James (Jim) Dinning, Chairman, Western Financial Group

7. Shaun Francis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Medcan

8. Stanley Hartt, Chairman, Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc.

9. Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

10. Laura Jones, Vice-president, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Western Canada

11. Douglas Lord, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Canada

John McArthur, Dean Emeritus, Harvard Business School

12. Andrea Mandel-Campbell, Journalist and author

13. Bonnie Patterson, President and Vice-Chancellor, Trent University

14. Mario Pilozzi, President & CEO, Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

15. John Prato, Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets, TD Securities

16. William B.P. Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute

17. Raymond Royer, President and CEO, Domtar Inc.

18. Krista L. Scaldwell, Director, Global Public Policy and Alliance Development, Johnson & Johnson Inc.

19. Andrew Sharpe, Executive Director, Centre for the Study of Living Standards

20. Ajit Someshwar, Chief Executive Officer, CSI Consulting

21. Stephen J. Toope, President, University of British Columbia

22. Luc Vinet, Recteur, Université de Montréal

23. William Watson, Associate Professor and Chair, Economics Department, McGill University

Charles W. White, Q.C., Past chair, Bell Aliant Inc.

* Please note, these lists do not account for any no-shows or last-minute cancellations.

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