Dan Ciuriak - Former Deputy Chief Economist, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Director and Principal, CiuriakConsulting Inc.
Dan Ciuriak is Director and Principal, Ciuriak Consulting Inc., and Fellow-in-Residence with the C.D. Howe Institute. He specializes in international trade, finance and development. He has published widely as author and editor, within government and in a personal capacity, commented frequently in the media; and made numerous presentations at various academic, business and official venues, including the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, APEC and the OECD. His recent report, "Three cornerstones of a European growth initiative," co-authored with Volker Brühl, was awarded the McKinsey Global Institute essay contest.
Previously, he was Deputy Chief Economist at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) with responsibility for economic analysis in support of trade negotiations and trade litigation, and served as contributing editor of DFAIT’s Trade Policy Research series (2001-2007 editions). Prior positions with DFAIT include acting as deputy to the Chair of the APEC Economic Committee and serving as Finance Counsellor at Canada’s Embassy in Germany. Before joining DFAIT, he worked at the Department of Finance, including from 1983-1990 with the Financial Sector Policy Branch where he served as Project Director, Financial Institutions Reform Project, and chaired the Inter-Departmental Legislative Review Committee, which guided the development of the 1992 reforms that overhauled the federal financial institutions statutes (the Bank Act, the Insurance Companies Act, the Trust and Loan Companies Act and the Cooperative Credit Associations Act).
Brian Kingston - Vice President Policy, International and Fiscal Issues, Business Council of Canada
Brian leads the Council’s policy work on international trade, fiscal and monetary policy issues. In this role, he manages CEO Forums with India and Japan, the Council’s tax policy advisory network and the annual Total Tax Contribution report. Prior to joining the Council, Brian gained comprehensive experience across the federal government as a graduate of the Accelerated Economist Training Program, a leadership development program that includes placements at the Department of Finance, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. In addition to his experience in business and government, Brian is active in the non-profit sector as the Vice-President, Global Operations, Young Canadians in Finance and as a board member of the Ottawa Economics Association. Brian is an Action Canada Fellow, World Economic Forum Global Shaper and alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carleton University and a master’s degree in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.
Steven Verheul, Chief Trade Negotiator (NAFTA), Global Affairs Canada
In early 2009, Mr. Verheul was appointed as Canada’s Chief Trade Negotiator for negotiations between Canada and the European Union in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Prior to that appointment, he worked in international trade policy at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from 1989 to 2009, where he worked on the NAFTA negotiations, the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations that led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Doha Round of WTO negotiations. He was Canada’s Chief Agriculture Negotiator from 2003 to 2009, responsible for leading Canada’s involvement in international trade negotiations on agriculture, including the WTO. Mr. Verheul graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1984, after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science.