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

Dax Dasilva

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lightspeed POS Inc.

Paul Desmarais III

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sagard

Alicia Dubois

Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation

Anna Gainey

Executive Chair, Canada 2020

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

President and Chief Executive Officer, Suncor Energy Inc.

Hon. Stephen McNeil

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

Sean Speer

PPF Scotiabank Fellow in Strategic Competitiveness, Public Policy Forum

Carolyn Wilkins

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

Rosemary Thompson

Ex-Officio

Executive Director, Coalition for a Better Future

Meet Our Members

Members

Chamber of Marine Commerce
Member
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Member
Children First Canada
Member
Clean Prosperity
Member
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Member
Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation
Member
Community Foundations of Canada
Member
Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting
Member
Conseil du patronat du Québec
Member
Council of Canadian Innovators
Member
CropLife Canada
Member
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Member
Family Enterprise Canada
Member
Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communications (FETCO)
Member
Fertilizer Canada
Member
First Nations Major Projects Coalition
Member
Food Producers of Canada
Member
Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada
Member
Forest Products Association of Canada
Member
Futurpreneur Canada
Member
Fédération des chambres du commerce du Québec
Member
Genome Canada
Member
Giv3
Member
Global Shapers of Canada
Member
HealthCareCAN
Member
Hotel Association of Canada
Member
Imagine Canada
Member
Indian Resource Council
Member
Indigenous Works
Member
Innovative Medicines Canada
Member
Institute for Research on Public Policy
Member
Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy
Member
Institute on Governance
Member
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Member
Junior Achievement Canada
Member
Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management
Member
Manufactured Housing Association of Atlantic Canada
Member
Mississauga Board of Trade
Member
Mosaic Institute
Member
Music Publishers Canada
Member
National Airlines Council of Canada
Member
National Association of Career Colleges
Member
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Member
Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada
Member
New Brunswick Business Council
Member
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Member
Outdoor Council of Canada
Member
Palette Skills
Member
Partners in Project Green
Member
PayTechs of Canada
Member
Polytechnics Canada
Member