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
traill@economicclub.ca

Rhiannon Traill is the President & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada. 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, 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.

Mrs. Traill has played a major role in successfully developing The Economic Club into a national organization and is currently working on a number of international expansion projects. Bringing years of marketing, communication and business experience to her current position, Rhiannon has been able to successfully launch operations in Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary & Vancouver and she has generously expanded the club’s corporate and community partnerships. 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 Laureen Harper, wife of the Prime Minister of Canada and 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 and to date has accepted over 4000 students from across the province of Ontario and granted over $20,000.00 in scholarships for post-secondary education. Mrs. Traill and The Jr. Economic Club have been recognized by Canada’s 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. The cause is extremely close to her heart given her husband’s diagnosis with leukemia in 2010. 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
morano@economicclub.ca

Natasha Hope Morano is Vice President of the Economic Club of Canada. 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 the country. Its mission is to bring members and guests face-to-face with the most important, relevant and influential leaders of our time.

Each year, more than 200 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. In January 2012, Natasha Morano was named Executive Director of the Club and opened the Economic Club of Canada’s first satellite office in Ottawa. 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.

Ms. Morano also played a vital role developing The Jr. Economic Club of Canada which is an off shoot organization designed to inspire Canadian youth about the importance of Financial Literacy. Currently the program reaches over 3500 high school students from across Ontario. Ms. Morano launched The Economic Club of Canada’s first Voice of Hope Human Rights Gala in Ottawa in 2012 and currently sits on the Board of Directors. In 2012 Natasha Morano also sat on the committee for the 7th Annual What a Girl Wants Gala which raised awareness for families living with liver disease.

Natasha Hope 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 namely on how media frames regarding terrorism affect and shape public perception and expectations of legislative policies. She is widely recognized for 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 and has been asked to publish in many scholarly journals. Not only is Ms. Morano an academic, but also a seasoned equestrian. She is a show jumper who won first for Canada in 2011 for the hack division and currently resides in Ottawa. She is active in the community and her focus on humanitarianism has prompted her to donate excess food from events to various shelters in Ottawa.

Stefani Lecker

Director of Communications
lecker@economicclub.ca

Sylvie Brice

Director of Operations
brice@economicclub.ca

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