Industry Leaders Shaping Canada’s Future Economic Growth

OTTAWA, ON-Six industry leaders are being tasked with guiding the Government of Canada’s efforts to ensure middle-class Canadians have access to well-paying jobs today and in the future. The six leaders will chair the Government’s Economic Strategy Tables, which represent high-growth industries identified in Budget 2017.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced the appointment of the next two Economic Strategy Table chairs:

Karimah Es Sabar, CEO of and partner in Quark Venture of Vancouver, British Columbia, who will chair the health/bio-sciences table; and

Audrey Mascarenhas, President and CEO of Questor Technology of Calgary, Alberta, who will chair the clean technology table.

The latest appointees join Charles Deguire, Co-founder of Kinova Robotics of Boisbriand, Quebec, who will chair the advanced manufacturing table; and Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients of Regina, Saskatchewan, who will chair the agri-food table.

Each chair will preside over a group of approximately 15 members as they guide federal efforts to create the conditions for long-term growth that lead to new business opportunities and middle-class jobs for Canadians.

There are technology disruptions in virtually every sector of the economy, and the Government is ensuring that Canadian businesses and people have the information and skills they need to benefit from all emerging technologies.

The Economic Strategy Table chairs were selected based on the advice of industry leaders and associations as well as federal government departments. The chairs, working with federal government departments, will choose the 15 members for their working tables. Industry chairs and table members represent a diverse group of experts from six high-growth sectors.

The Economic Strategy Tables will set ambitious growth targets for Canadian innovators, identify sector-specific challenges and create a roadmap to support Canada’s global success.

The remaining chairs of the digital industries and clean resources tables will be appointed and announced in the coming weeks.

The Economic Strategy Tables are part of the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan to create well-paying jobs and strengthen the middle class by investing in high-growth sectors where Canada has a globally competitive advantage.