About the Economic Club of Canada

Canada’s Podium of Record

In just 15 years, The Economic Club of Canada has become the highest profile and most respected platform for non-partisan dialogue, discussion, insight, exchange and opinion amongst the world’s most notable influencers and thought leaders.

The Economic Club of Canada is regarded as one of the world’s most sought-after forums for such leaders as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former President of France Francois Holland, U.S. Presidential candidate John McCain, former Chairman of the U.S. Fed Ben Bernanke, and Economist Paul Krugman, amongst many others, to address the most topical, important and relevant issues of the day.

Providing accessibility to our speakers and the advantage of posing direct and unfiltered questions, the more than 100 Economic Club of Canada events each year also provide the ultimate power networking opportunity, as its audiences are drawn from the most senior and influential levels of business, industry and government.

The Economic Club of Canada team is lean, nimble and flexible, allowing it to stage events that address breaking news and emerging business issues at a moment’s notice.

Powerful, respected, influential and leading. The cornerstones that describe The Economic Club of Canada, its speakers…and its audiences.

Rhiannon Rosalind

Rhiannon Rosalind

President & CEO | Jr. Economic Club Founder & President

Rhiannon is the President, CEO, and Owner of The Economic Club of Canada, Founder of The Jr. Economic Club of Canada and CEO & Co-Founder of The Global Institute for Conscious Economics (GICE). Rhiannon is redefining what it means to be a corporate leader in this country. She is passionate about highlighting the most important issues our nation is grappling with—from Truth & Reconciliation to racism and exclusion on Bay Street, Rhiannon is challenging corporate Canada to see its role in creating a more prosperous and equal future for everyone. Rhiannon has hosted countless thought leaders and changemakers at The Economic Club of Canada through the years including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, and human rights advocate Amal Clooney. A go-to for Bay Street, tech, healthcare, domestic, and international political leaders, The Economic Club is a 21st-century public policy platform where the leaders of today and tomorrow connect.

After graduating from Ryerson University, Rhiannon joined The Economic Club of Canada in 2008 and became CEO, President, and Owner in 2011 at just 26 years old. Rhiannon has been acknowledged as one of the most accomplished influencers in Canada. She has been named one of Canada’s Change Agents by Canadian Business Magazine, one of WXN Canada’s TOP 100 Most Powerful Women in Business three times and became the youngest ever WXN “Hall of Fame” award winner in the fall of 2018.

Rhiannon has been a tireless advocate for youth, developing seven national programs under the Jr. Economic Club banner that have impacted over 50,000 young Canadians and provided over $150,000 in academic scholarships. Rhiannon may mingle and do business with the C-suite crowd, but she definitely shouldn’t be confused with the establishment. Inspired by her own lived experience with child poverty as the daughter of a single mother, Rhiannon has become a warrior for women and youth facing barriers.

Rhiannon is the proud mother of two young boys, Luke and Bennett, and enjoys exploring Toronto with them in her spare time.

Kara Merpaw

Kara Merpaw

Director of Communications | Diversity & Inclusion Lead

Kara Merpaw is The Economic Club of Canada's Director of Communications and Diversity and Inclusion Lead. 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 EC, 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 Peters

Emily Peters

Jr. Economic Club Executive Director

Emily Peters is the Executive Director for The Economic Club of Canada’s non-profit sister organization, The Jr. Economic Club. With a passion for youth empowerment and social justice, Emily is dedicated to ensuring that the Jr. EC’s programming reaches as many Canadian young people as possible; with a particular focus on Indigenous populations across the country.

Emily is a Communications (Honours) graduate from Wilfred Laurier University. During her time as a student, her Minor in Cultural Studies increasingly became her main focus and sparked her avid interest and appreciation for humanity’s cultural and religious diversity. Following graduation, Emily started her career at a Toronto-based PR firm and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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

Holly Dickinson

Holly Dickinson

Director of Digital Content

Holly Dickinson is the Director of Digital Content for The Economic Club of Canada. She develops, manages, and maintains the organization’s online presence with a strong understanding of content, usability, information architecture, and design. She is also responsible for all social media marketing campaigns including content creation, curation, and management.

As a 2016 Computing and the Creative Arts (Honours) graduate from Queen’s University, Holly was able to immerse herself in the study of both Computer Science and Art History, giving her a rich understanding of our digitally dependent world and a special awareness and appreciation for art, curatorial studies, and design.

In January 2018, Holly created The Lunar Club, a monthly gathering dedicated to holding space, sharing, and connecting with like-minded women. She proudly continues to grow this community.

Morgan Stahl

Morgan Stahl

Director of Operations

Morgan Stahl joined The Economic Club of Canada in early 2019 and currently serves as Director of Operations. In her role at The EC, Morgan oversees event execution and operations, while leading initiatives to bolster the organization’s lineup of dynamic and engaging speakers.

Morgan brings a diverse skill set in government relations to the club. Before joining The EC, Morgan worked for the provincial government in a number of different portfolios, advising Ministers primarily in operations, logistics, and stakeholder relations. Morgan has a keen interest in addressing barriers to women's full economic participation, which was the focus of her research while a student at the University of Windsor. Morgan is passionate about student entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and all things pop-culture.

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