About the Economic Club of Canada

Since 2003 The Economic Club of Canada has earned a prestigious reputation as THE Podium of Record. Uniquely positioned as the only national non-partisan organization capable of staging events across the country, our mission is to bring our members and guests face-to-face with the most important, relevant and influential leaders of our time. The Economic Club has grown in stature and reputation as the most respected and influential platform of its kind.

Each year, more than 100 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. In past years, our guests have included such high-profile figures as Senator John McCain; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California; the Premiers of Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba; a number of Federal and Provincial Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Finance for a post-Budget address; and many others. The coming months will see us continue to host sessions featuring many of Canada’s – and the world’s – leading newsmakers.

Our audience members are drawn from the most senior levels of Canadian business, industry and government. Our sessions provide accessibility to our speakers and the opportunity to pose questions, direct and unfiltered. Membership is open to all who share a passion for the great issues of the day, and whose responsibilities require insight and information, experts and exchange.

Rhiannon Traill

President & CEO

Rhiannon Traill is the President & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada. Each year, more than 160 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. In past years, guests have included such high-profile figures as Senator John McCain; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine; Francois Hollande, President of France, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California. Mrs. Traill has successfully expanded Economic Club operations across Canada, making it the only National Public Policy Platform in Canada. The club now successfully stages events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Moncton. In spring of 2015, The Economic Club will host its first event ever in Nunavut.

In 2012, Mrs. Traill launched the Annual Voice of Hope awards in Ottawa. This award was designed to recognize outstanding humanitarians that have dedicated their life to the equality of women and children around the globe. Mrs. Traill now co-chairs the event alongside Lisa Lisson, President of FedEx Express Canada.

Mrs. Traill also founded The Jr. Economic Club of Canada which is organization designed to inspire Canadian youth to become financially literate. The program “A Day on Bay Street” was launched in the fall of 2011, followed by the launch “Bay Street Boot Camp” in 2012 and to date has accepted over 10,000 students from across the province of Ontario and granted over $60,000.00 in academic scholarships. Mrs. Traill has successfully developed three financial literacy tool kits to aid educators in teaching important financial skills to high school students. The Jr. EC toolkit “Your Money, Your Wellness, has now been successfully delivered in over 75% of the classrooms in Ontario. In September 2014, Mrs. Traill launched Jr. ECTV, a television program that provides a platform for young Canadians to talk about important issues. Mrs. Traill serves as the show’s host, writer and community producer. The program airs once a week and has included such high profiles guests as The Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minster of Finance , Craig Alexander, Former Chief Economist of TD Bank & The Right Honourable John Turner, Former Prime Minister of Canada . The Jr. Economic Club have been nationally recognized by Canada’s Late Minister of Finance, The Honourable Jim Flaherty. Mrs. Traill has appeared numerous times on BNN and CTV News to speak about the success of the program and the importance of financial literacy.

In 2013, Rhiannon was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Women’s Executive Network in the Telus Future Leaders Category. She is also on the Toronto committee for Canadian Blood Services Campaign for All Canadians which is a charity working to set up a National Public Umbilical Cord Blood Bank in Canada. In 2014, Rhiannon was elected to Ryerson University's Board of Governors where she is responsible for the governance of the university; control of its property and revenues and the conduct of its business and affairs. She is also a musician, golfer, runner and a Ryerson University graduate. She currently resides in Markham with her husband Eric and her son Luke.

Natasha Morano

Vice President

Natasha Hope Morano is Vice President of the Economic Club of Canada, and resides in Ottawa. Over the last nine years the Economic Club has earned a prestigious reputation as the Podium of Record and is uniquely positioned as the only national non-partisan organization capable of staging events across Canada. Its mission is to bring members and guests face-to-face with the most important, relevant and influential leaders of our time. Since inception the Economic Club has adhered to three main pillars which include educating, inspiring and connecting individuals from across the globe in order to create discourse to raise awareness regarding the most pressing issues of the day.

Ms. Morano has been instrumental in increasing the Economic Club's profile; bringing over 200 key policy makers and business leaders to the Economic Club’s podium to make major keynote addresses. In January 2012, Natasha Morano was named Executive Director of the Club and was selected to open the Economic Club of Canada's first satellite office in Ottawa. Under Ms. Morano’s stewardship the Economic Club has become the main platform for key announcements and policy discussions in the nation's capital. Ms. Morano is responsible for overseeing all operations in Ottawa, as well as directing and overseeing national and international events. Ms. Morano was named Vice President in April 2013 and expanded the Economic Club’s reach in 2014 to include a satellite office in Calgary, Alberta.

Ms. Morano also played a vital role developing the Jr. Economic Club of Canada, an off-shoot organization designed to inspire Canadian youth about the importance of financial literacy and equip students with the tools to better understand money management. In 2012 Ms. Morano founded The Voice of Hope Humanitarian Awards Gala. This marquee event is the first human rights gala in Canada’s capital designed to honour exceptional human rights advocates from across the Globe. Ms. Morano now co-chairs the event alongside Rhiannon Traill, President and CEO of the Economic Club and Lisa Lisson, President of FedEx Express Canada.

Natasha is a humanitarian and ensures excess food is donated to various shelters in Ottawa. She is presently involved in raising awareness regarding the severity of human trafficking. She has worked with the Joy Smith Foundation in Ottawa and is organizing a series of events across Canada to illuminate the issue.

Ms. Morano completed her undergraduate Honours Degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and English, and minor in Philosophy. She completed her MA in Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and Waterloo University. Her research is focused primarily on the influence the media plays in shaping public policy and opinion regarding terrorism. She is widely recognized for her research, such as: "Media Interference: The Effects of Framing the 'Toronto 18' Terrorists Arrests," and donated her database to LISPOP (Laurier Institute for the Study for Public Opinion and Policy). She has presented this research across Canada and the United States. Natasha has also completed studies in Spanish; her most recent educational pursuit was the completion the York University Private Schools Principal’s Program, certifying her to pursue her interests in education.

Not only is Natasha an academic, but also a seasoned equestrian. She is a show jumper, winning first for Canada in 2001 and has future hopes of pursuing her passion for horses.

Kara Merpaw

Kara Merpaw

Director of Communications

Kara is The EC's Director of Communications. She studied political science and gender studies at Western University and completed a postgraduate certificate in public relations at Humber College in Toronto. Before joining the Economic Club in 2013, she gained communications experience at a Canadian financial institution and a tech-focused public relations agency.

In her time at The EC, Kara has managed countless high-profile events and has taken particular pride in improving the overall member experience. For the year ahead, she has committed herself to connecting post-secondary students and new graduates with The EC community.

Outside of work, Kara enjoys travelling, reading and trying new restaurants around Toronto.

Emily Whelan

Director of Public Affairs


Sophie LaPointe

Sophie LaPointe

Director of Operations

Prior to joining the Economic Club of Canada in August 2015, Sophie worked as an event apprentice for the Arthritis Society, working on projects such as the "All-in for Arthritis Poker Gala", the organization's largest fundraising gala of the year.

Sophie graduated from the Special Event Planning and Management program at George Brown College in April of 2015. During her studies, she lead several teams through the planning and execution process of theme-oriented fundraising events and was awarded the GBC Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership. She also took on the role as a Peer Leader in program tutoring sessions. Sophie found a special interest in her public speaking opportunities during her time at George Brown and has worked to incorporate this into her leadership skills.

Sophie enjoys travelling, reading and all that is involved with the performing arts.

Emily Peters

Emily Peters

Senior Events Coordinator

Emily is a Senior Events Coordinator at the Economic Club of Canada in the Toronto office. She has previously worked at a local PR firm and the Hockey Hall of Fame. At Wilfrid Laurier University, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Communications, with a minor in Cultural Studies. During her studies, she became increasingly interested in the world’s vast cultures and religions, finding that to be the main focus of her electives.

Emily is truly passionate about her involvement with the Junior Economic Club of Canada.

In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga & meditation, cooking, going to concerts and watching sports.

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