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.

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 6000 students from across the province of Ontario and granted over $60,000.00 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. 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
morano@economicclub.ca

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 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.

Miss Morano has been instrumental in increasing the 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 ECC Ottawa 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 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 which is an off-shoot organization designed to inspire Canadian youth about the importance of Financial Literacy and equipping 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. Miss Morano now co-chairs the event alongside Mrs. Laureen Harper, and Lisa Lisson, President of FedEx Express Canada.

Ms Morano is active in her community and sits on the City of Ottawa’s 2017 Task Force committee. She plays a role in preparing Ottawa for Canada’s 150 birthday celebration. She also focuses on humanitarianism in the city by donating excess food from events to various shelters in Ottawa. She is presently involved in raising the awareness of 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.

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 the influence the media plays in shaping public policy and opinion regarding terrorism. She is widelyrecognized 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. Natasha has also completed studies in Spanish and her most recent educational pursuit was that of completing the York University Private Schools Principal’s Program, certifying her to pursue her interests in education.

Not only is Ms. Morano an academic, but also a seasoned equestrian. She is a show jumper who won first for Canada in 2001 and has future hopes of pursing her passion for horses.

Nicolle DiNunzio

Executive Director
dinunzio@economicclub.ca

 

Kara Merpaw

Kara Merpaw

Director of Events & Client Relations
merpaw@economicclub.ca

 

Stefani Lecker

Director of Communications
lecker@economicclub.ca

Stefani Lecker is the Director of Communications for the Economic Club of Canada. The Economic Club is the nation’s platform of choice for policy makers and business leaders. Hosting over 150 events per year, the club is dedicated to bringing its members and guests face-to-face with the most important leaders of our time to discuss the most pressing issuing of the day.

Miss. Lecker is also the Director of Communications for The Jr. Economic Club of Canada - an organization designed to inspire Canadian youth to become financially literate. The program “A Day on Bay Street” was launched in the fall of 2001 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. Miss. Lecker also played an integral part in launching the successful “ Bay Street Boot Camp” summer program in 2013(remove space) , which teaches students the skills to create, market and execute a successful business plan and become first time entrepreneurs.

Stefani brings years of PR, Marketing and Communications experience to her role, having worked in Montreal, New York & Toronto for a number of high profile organizations. She holds a business degree from York University and Seneca College Advertising(add space)& Design diploma.

In her spare time, Miss Lecker dedicates her attention to animal rights. She is currently involved with the organization #emptythetanks which fights to end animal captivity and keep killer wales out of amusement parks and in their natural habitats.

Alana McIntyre

Director of Operations- Calgary
mcintyre@economicclub.ca

Alana McIntyre is the Director of Operations (Calgary) for The Economic Club of Canada. After receiving her Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honors from Dalhousie University in 2012, she worked in public accounting for one of the Big Four Accounting Firms. Her work in accounting was with both private and public companies, predominantly in the oil and gas sector. Ms.McIntyre believes that ECC Calgary will bring their members and guests face-to-face with the most important, relevant, and influential leaders of our time while exposing members to the most prominent, timely issues of the day.

Alana was born and raised in the prairies, but loved her maritime university experience. While in university she became a member of Oxfam Canada, which is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty. Additionally, she has volunteered in the education department at the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Alana has a passion for travel, which has brought her to visit over 20 countries.

Sylvie Brice

Director of Operations
brice@economicclub.ca

 

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