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 Traill

President & CEO, Economic Club of Canada
Founder & President, Jr. Economic Club of Canada


Rhiannon Traill is Owner, President and CEO of The Economic Club of Canada and recognized as one of the most accomplished business influencers in Canada, hosting more than 100 events per year featuring world leaders from politics, industry, the arts and culture discussing the most important issues of the day.

A graduate of Ryerson University, Rhiannon joined The Economic Club in 2008 and became Owner, President and CEO in 2011. In 2013 and 2015 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 and the Sun Life Trailblazers & Trendsetters categories. 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. In 2016 she was named one of Canada’s Change Agents by Canadian Business Magazine. Rhiannon has also served on the Toronto committee for the Canadian Blood Services Campaign for All Canadians, and she currently serves as a member of the Council of Champions for the national not for profit, Children First.

In 2012, Rhiannon launched the Annual Voice of Hope Awards in Ottawa, recognizing outstanding humanitarians who have dedicated their lives to the equality of women and children around the globe.

She is currently a regular panelist on the “Moore in the Morning” Roundtable segment, offering her opinions on the major news stories of the week, and airing every Thursday morning at 8:50 am on Newstalk 1010 Radio.

Rhiannon is passionate about giving a voice and influence to Canadian youth in major national discussions and decisions. To that end in 2011, she conceived and founded the not for profit Junior Economic Club of Canada, designed to supply the tools and programs to inspire Canadian youth to become financially literate, civically engaged and socially responsible. To date, more than 35,000 students from across Canada have engaged in the Junior Economic Club of Canada’s six programming offerings and the Club has granted more than $100,000 in academic scholarships.

Rhiannon also loves to write, meditate and sing in her spare time and is the proud mother of two young boys.

Sophie LaPointe

Sophie LaPointe

Chief Operations Officer, Economic Club of Canada
Director of Operations, Jr. Economic Club of Canada


Sophie LaPointe has been the Chief Operations Officer at the Economic Club since August of 2017. In this role, she manages the event team and coordinates new projects coming into the organization. Prior to her new role, Sophie was the Director of Operations for the Economic Club for two years, acting as the head coordinator for over 100 EC events, active facilitator for several Jr. Economic Club programs and managed the adminstrative operations of the organization.

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. Since graduating, Sophie has visited GBC as a guest speaker, lecturing classes on interviewing post-graduation, what it is like to work in the industry and how to get the job.

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

Kara Merpaw

Kara Merpaw

Director of Communications | Diversity & Inclusion Lead
Economic Club of Canada & Jr. Economic Club of Canada


Kara 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

Event Coordinator, Economic Club of Canada
Executive Director, Jr. Economic Club of Canada


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.

Holly Dickinson

Holly Dickinson

Director of Digital Content, Economic Club of Canada
Program Facilitator, Jr. Economic Club of Canada


Holly Dickinson is the Digital Media Specialist for The Economic Club of Canada and The Jr. Economic Club of Canada. She develops, manages, and maintains the organizations’ 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 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 Economic Club Girl Gang series, a monthly gathering dedicated to holding space, sharing, and connecting with like-minded women. She proudly continues to grow this community.

Holly is passionate about equality and women empowerment, art history and the creative arts, technology and digital pedagogy, and the ways that all of the above influence society, culture, and education. She turns to fashion and design, among a number of other things, to express her creativity.

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