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Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues.
Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Hall has served as president of both the Canadian Association for Business Economics, a 600-member national association of professional economists, and its largest local chapter, the Ottawa Economics Association. He has also been a volunteer board and committee member for two Ottawa area private schools. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from both Carleton University and the University of Toronto.
Jayson Myers is an award-winning business economist, specializing in industrial and technological change, and has been widely recognized as one of the most influential policy advocates in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers, as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world.
With more than 25 years' experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as community, labour, and advocacy organizations, Myers has been instrumental in shaping the public policy environment in Canada. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He was also the founding Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and Vice Chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils.
Myers currently Chairs the Global Gateways Federation, and is an advisor to legal and consulting firms in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. As Principal of Jayson Myers Public Affairs Inc., he helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from the changes that are reshaping industry and international business.
He studied at Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He has held appointments as a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at both Oxford and the University of Warwick.
Michelle received her BSc in Chemistry from Dalhousie University and her PhD from the University of Ottawa for work in photochemistry and photophysics. Her PhD thesis was nominated for the Governor General’s Medal and was awarded the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists. Michelle was an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry in Montréal and has taught courses on photochemistry and mass spectrometry and the graduate and undergraduate level.
Michelle joined the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in 2007 and held a variety of roles including Senior Research Scientist, Product Manager, Program Manager for Strategic Research, Global Program Manager for Electronic Materials and Senior R&D Manager in Materials Science. Michelle has led scientists and engineers working on materials science and, with her team, has tackled challenges such as developing new materials and processes for 3D printing and printed, hybrid and flexible electronics. Michelle is currently an Adjunct Professor at McMaster University.
Michelle is passionate about the commercialization of innovation and public engagement in science.
She is an active participant in the technology and innovation commercialization ecosystem, and sits on a number of committees and boards including:
Michelle devotes time to various science outreach initiatives and has served as an elected member of the Inter-American Photochemical Society Advisory Board and RISE Canada. Michelle has published 21 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 75 US patents on novel materials and marking technologies. In 2010, Michelle was recognized by PrintAction as one of the Canadian printing industry’s Top 35 Under 35 for her technological contributions.
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