Keynote Sneak Peek: The Honourable Perrin Beatty

The Honourable Perrin Beatty is President and CEO of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. 

In this role, Mr. Beatty helps advance public policy that fosters a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada. In so doing, he acts as the principal spokesperson advocating policy positions of the Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, media and the general public.  

Before joining the Canadian Chamber in 2007, Mr. Beatty was the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, having previously worked in federal politics for over 20 years. 

In addition, Mr. Beatty served as Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark, and held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue, Solicitor General, National Defense, Health and Welfare, Communications, and as Secretary of State for External Affairs.

In 1994, Beatty joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in communications. He was an Honourary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario and wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. He is a former Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and in 2013 he received an honourary degree, honoris causa, from Western University.

Mr. Beatty will join us as a keynote speaker at the East Coast Energy Connection in Saint John. We look forward to hearing him draw on his extensive experience in industry and the public and private sectors.

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