Foreign investment plays a critical role in the Canadian economy by supporting domestic jobs and the creation of physical and knowledge capital across a range of industries. The need to attract foreign capital is critical to support our economy’s recovery from COVID-19. However, given Canada competes for capital investment against other countries it is critical for us to offer a competitive market that makes a compelling business case for companies and investors.
Join Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Malcolm D Bruce, CEO of Edmonton Global, and Laurel C. Broten, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., to discuss how Canada can compete in a world shaped by COVID-19 in order to remain attractive for foreign investment. This event will be moderated by Ian McKay, Chief Executive Officer of Invest in Canada.
Emilio B. Imbriglio
President and CEO, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton since 2013, Emilio Imbriglio, and his team of over 2,800 professionals in more than 100 offices in Quebec and the Ottawa and Edmundston regions, foster the growth of businesses nationally and internationally. A multilingual who speaks four languages, he is a member of the Strategy Committee and Board of Governors of Grant Thornton International Ltd, representing over 140 countries, as well as Chair of its Budget and Audit Committee.
As an entrepreneur himself, Emilio has always played a leading role in developing efficient teams, specifically as the head of the Corporate Finance Consulting Group for close to 10 years. In this capacity, he spearheaded large-scale mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions, serving as a key government infrastructure and financing adviser, notably for the construction of the CHUM research centre and hospital.
Emilio was a professor at Concordia and McGill universities for 18 years. He continues to share his knowledge with the next generation, especially the firm’s up-and-coming young talent.
Actively involved in the community, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Société Générale Canada, Finance Montréal and Hexo Corp. He has been a member of the TELUS Board of Directors and Community Investment Committee in Montréal, the Board of Directors of the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) Capital Campaign Cabinet, the Board of Directors of Les amis de la montagne, the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Council of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the FCM’s Investment Committee, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, as well as a member of the Santa Cabrini Hospital Board of Directors from 1997 to 2012, where he was Board Chairman from 2007 to 2012.
Malcolm D Bruce
Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Global
Malcolm Bruce is first ever the Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed Edmonton Global, a regional economic development corporation that drives growth and investment in the Edmonton region.
Edmonton Global is a joint venture owned equally by 15 municipalities in the Edmonton region. Before its creation, economic development in the Edmonton region was often done at a municipal rather than regional level. Edmonton Global was created to change this. In his work, Malcolm brings together regional strengths and networks to seize on the potential of emerging markets.
Malcolm has a strong history of leadership in the Edmonton region. Prior to being CEO of Edmonton Global, Malcolm was the CEO of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board, a regional planning corporation. He oversaw the smooth transition of the Board membership, leadership and mandate. Prior to that role he had a long career in progressively senior leadership positions within the Canadian Military.
His skills in leadership, strategic planning and organizational change have been sought out to support the strategic planning and operations on many large complex issues, including at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2013 floods in Southern Alberta.
He holds a BA degree in History from the University of Manitoba, two MA degrees from the Royal Military College of Canada, and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Laurel C. Broten
President and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Laurel is the President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), a crown corporation responsible for export development, business and film financing, and investment attraction for the Province of Nova Scotia.
Since taking the helm in 2015, Laurel has led NSBI in building an innovative client-centric model that has transformed the organization, delivering business solutions that result in strong, sustainable, economic growth and prosperity for Nova Scotia today and for generations to come.
Laurel is a seasoned executive, public policy expert, former senior Ontario Cabinet Minister, lawyer, legislator and advocate. From 2013 to 2015, as President and CEO of Broten Public Policy International Inc., Laurel provided strategic advice on complex public policy challenges, change management and government transformation to clients in Canada and abroad, including conducting a comprehensive review of Nova Scotia’s taxes and regulations.
From 2003 until 2013, Laurel served in a number of senior roles in the Government of Ontario, including Minister of Education, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, Vice-chair of Treasury Board/Management Board, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care and to the Minister of Energy.
Chief Executive Officer, Invest in Canada
As the inaugural CEO of Invest in Canada, Ian McKay is responsible for positioning Canada as a premier global investment destination. He oversees a team that facilitates investment deals across the country and accelerates large scale transformative investment projects.
Mr. McKay has led a distinguished career in the international financial markets in London, Tokyo and New York and as a political advisor. Most recently as CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission, he worked tirelessly to accelerate the diversification of Vancouver’s economy and place it on the global investment map. He also served as Chair of the Consider Canada City Alliance, a network of Canada’s thirteen largest economic development agencies collaborating to promote Canada as an ideal destination for global trade and investment.
In January 2018, the Prime Minister appointed Mr. McKay as Special Envoy to assist with the ongoing negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo, Japan, resulting in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) being signed.
With significant executive leadership experience in both the private and public sectors enhanced by a strong understanding of economic development, Mr. McKay brings notable expertise to enhance global investment into Canada, offering far-reaching economic benefits for Canadians.
Fluent in Japanese, Mr. McKay studied Political Science and Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia and holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.