Who We Are

The Coalition for a Better Future is committed to a more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous Canada. We are a diverse group of Canadian leaders and organizations working together to develop a bold new economic and social vision for the country. Our focus is on practical solutions that can be implemented today to ensure a high quality of life for future generations.

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“Healthy and sustainable economic growth is critical to securing the future well being of our families, our communities and our planet. That won’t happen without a shared plan for action.”

– Carolyn Wilkins

It is time to rethink and reimagine what we are capable of achieving as a country. It is time to raise our sights – to embrace an ambitious and transformative vision for inclusive, sustainable economic growth and opportunity for all.

The Coalition for a Better Future represents a diverse and growing community of business leaders, community and civic organizations, social policy advocates, youth, Indigenous groups, environmental NGOs and concerned citizens. Each of us brings to the table a unique perspective, but we are united in our belief that economic growth is a necessary precondition for job creation, rising incomes, a cleaner environment, and a better quality of life.

We are keenly aware that Canada’s economy faces many headwinds, including an aging population, weak business investment and poor productivity. We recognize, too, that Canada’s average annual rate of economic growth has been slowing for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges, disproportionately impacting lower-income Canadians and driving up levels of public debt.

Nevertheless, we refuse to accept that slow growth and stagnation are inevitable. Canadians have choices. By choosing as a country to make economic growth a policy priority, we can strengthen the foundations of Canadian society and create the wealth necessary to fund and enhance the social programs and public services on which Canadians depend.

The decisions that policymakers, businesses and individuals make now will determine our country’s path for years to come. The first step toward building a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future for all Canadians is to embrace a much higher level of economic ambition for our country. We must ask ourselves where we want Canada to be a decade or more from now in terms of standard of living, equality of opportunity, poverty reduction, environmental performance, and other measures of a healthy society. We must then work together to transform that vision into reality.

Meet Our Advisors

Advisory Council

Hon. Lisa Raitt

Co-Chair

Vice Chair of Global Investment Banking, CIBC and former federal Conservative Cabinet minister

Hon. A. Anne McLellan

Co-Chair

Canadian and International Strategic Planning Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP and former federal Liberal Cabinet minister

Hon. Perrin Beatty

President & Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Chunilall

Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundations of Canada

Alicia Dubois

Chief Executive Officer, Royal BC Museum

Anna Gainey

Executive Chair, Canada 2020

Paul Genest

Senior Vice President at Power Corporation of Canada

Edward Greenspon

President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Policy Forum

Goldy Hyder

President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada

Monique Leroux

Chair of the Industry Strategy Council and former CEO of Desjardins Group

Mark Little

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Suncor Energy Inc.

Victoria Mancinelli

Director of Public Relations, Communications, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, LiUNA! Canada

Hon. Stephen McNeil

Strategic Business Advisor, Cox & Palmer, and former Premier of Nova Scotia

Carolyn Wilkins

Member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee, former Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada

Meet Our STAFF

Staff

Rosemary 
Thompson

Executive Director
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Melanie Rutledge

Operations Director
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Meet Our Members
Meet Our Members

Members

ACCES Employment
Member
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
Member
Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation
Member
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
Member
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Member
Association de l'industrie Électrique du Québec
Member
Association des Employeurs Maritimes
Member
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada
Member
BC Council of Forest Industries
Member
BC Maritime Employers Association
Member
BCIT Student Association
Member
BIOTECanada
Member
Beer Canada
Member
BlackNorth Initiative
Member
Blueprint
Member
Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
Member
Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada
Member
Business Council of Alberta
Member
Business Council of British Columbia
Member
Business Council of Canada
Member
Business Council of Manitoba
Member
Business/Arts
Member
C.D. Howe Institute
Member
C2C2C Unity Corridor Foundation
Member
CSA Group
Member
Canada 2020
Member
Canada West Foundation
Member
Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums
Member
Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce
Member
Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance
Member
Canadian Airports Council
Member
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Member
Canadian Bankers Association
Member
Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce
Member
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Member
Canadian Construction Association
Member
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Member
Canadian Credit Union Association
Member
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Member
Canadian Live Music Association
Member
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Member
Canadian Meat Council
Member
Canadian Medical Association
Member
Canadian Real Estate Association
Member
Canadian Red Cross
Member
Canadian Steel Producers Association
Member
Canadian Transportation Alliance
Member
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association
Member
Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
Member
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association
Member
Canadian Women's Chamber of Commerce
Member
Meet Our SUPPORTERS

Supporters

Brookfield Asset Management
SUPPORTER
Canfor
SUPPORTER
CIBC
SUPPORTER
Enbridge Inc.
SUPPORTER
Roche-Canada
SUPPORTER
Teck Resources
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