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Strategic Program Speakers
Martha Hall Findlay is President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank that focuses on the policies that shape the West, and by extension, Canada. Through evidence-based research and commentary, the Canada West Foundation provides practical solutions to tough public policy challenges at home and on the global stage.
As a corporate lawyer, senior business executive and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as start-ups, primarily in telecommunications and technology.
She was a Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, serving in several capacities in the Shadow Cabinet, and as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Government Operations; and International Trade. She is currently a member of the Minister of International Trade’s Trade Expert Advisory Council.
Martha has served as an Advisory Council member, Board Director and/or Executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations, including her current role as Chair of the Board of Directors of Alpine Canada (She is a former national ski racer.) She is also on the Advisory Councils of Energy Futures Lab; Positive Energy (University of Ottawa); the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University; Calgary Sport and Major Events. She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, has written dozens of articles, reports and essays on key policy issues, and is a frequent public speaker and media commentator.