Micheál J. Kelly, Dean, Telfer School of Management and John Reid, President, CATAAlliance are pleased to welcome our guest speaker: The Honourable Perrin Beatty President and Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Discussing: "Skills: The Key to Canada's Competitiveness", the importance of competitiveness to ensure Canada's rightful place in the global economy and, specifically, the need to address the skills shortage.
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The Honourable Perrin Beatty has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce since August 2007.
Prior to joining the chamber Mr. Beatty was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
Mr. Beatty graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971, a year later he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative, and in 1979, he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark, at the time the youngest person ever to serve in a federal Cabinet. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue, Solicitor General, National Defence, Health and Welfare, Communications, and Secretary of State for External Affairs.
Following the 1993 federal election, Mr. Beatty was an Honourary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario. In 1995, Mr. Beatty was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Mr. Beatty also serves on a number of Canadian government advisory committees.
Mr. Beatty is married and has two sons. The Beatty family lives in Ottawa.