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Industry Strategy Council

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Industry Strategy Council

The Industry Strategy Council is a forum where experienced business leaders share perspectives regarding the impact of COVID-19 on key sectors of the Canadian economy, notably:

Message from the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

As our historically strong industries grapple with the challenges of COVID-19, we will look to the Industry Strategy Council to assess the breadth and depth of the pandemic's impact on industries and inform the government's understanding of specific sectoral pressures. The council members' collective track record for strategic thinking and their ability to inspire and build support will be vital to our common success.

Our approach is proactive and strategic, designed to bring private sector stakeholders to the table to directly share their perspective on the scope of the challenges they face. As our government examines what is needed in this immediate crisis, we need to fully understand all of the challenges.

As we have said from the beginning, we are all in this together. A smooth economic recovery will require continued collaboration between the public and private sectors. The Government of Canada looks forward to working with the Council and to maintaining our country's competitiveness on the world stage.

Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Message from the Chair of the Industry Strategy Council

In launching the Industry Strategy Council, the Government of Canada has mobilized the talent and acumen of Canadian business leaders to shape our country's economic competitiveness amidst new pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is both a great honour and a tremendous responsibility to be asked to chair the Council, and I look forward to working with all members to solidify Canada's economic performance in this new global context.

The Council will create a synergy between the private sector and the Government of Canada to address industry challenges. We want to create an environment in Canada that allows the business community to help address our urgent challenges and impediments to growth.

We will be informed by fact-based analysis, capitalizing on our collective expertise. We will foster dialogue between our industry leaders and government experts, who will weigh various economic and health scenarios as part of our discussions. Our members will consult widely, seeking input and validating their own observations.

The Council aims to put forward concrete ideas for the Government to consider not just for the immediate term but for the long term as well. We will be guided by the principles of transparency and inclusion, ensuring that the diverse perspectives of sectors, regions and communities, including SMEs and Indigenous peoples, are part of our discussions and proposals.

Our actions will be swift; our advice will be strategic and innovative. Our desire is to ensure that Canada remains a robust, resilient, innovative and inclusive country—for the benefit of all Canadians—long after the current pandemic has passed.

Monique Leroux
Chair, Industry Strategy Council

Monique Leroux
Chair, Industry Strategy Council

Industry Strategy Council membership

Monique Leroux, C.M., O.Q., FCPA, FCA, Chair, Industry Strategy Council; Vice Chairman, Fiera Holdings; Former Chair and CEO, Desjardins Group

Monique Leroux is a Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and Vice-Chairman of Fiera Holdings Inc. She serves as an independent director of global companies such as Michelin (ML-France), Bell/BCE, S&P Global (SPGI), Couche-Tard (ATD) and Lallemand Inc. (privately-owned company).

She served as Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from March 2008 to April 2016 and as Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec from 2016 to 2020.

Prior to those roles, Ms. Leroux served as Chief Financial Officer of Desjardins Group, Senior Vice-President at RBC (Royal Bank), Chief Operating Officer at Quebecor Inc. and Partner at Ernst and Young (EY) in Canada.

Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur (France) and a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award (United States).


September 28, 2020 — Record of Discussion
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August 31, 2020 — Record of Discussion
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June 22, 2020 — Record of Discussion
June 08, 2020 — Record of Discussion

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