Task Force on Economic Competitiveness will Mean More jobs

Released October 17th, 2001

TORONTO—Mike Harris, Ontario’s Premier, joined by Bob Runciman, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, committed substantial resources today to help create jobs by strengthening Ontario’s ability to compete for—and win—jobs globally.

“This task force is about protecting our economic growth and making sure that even more people will be able to go home and say, ‘I got the job’,” said Harris. “This group will help Ontario win jobs globally and keep them locally.”

Roger Martin, Dean of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and head of this economic task force, will be joined by a team of blue-ribbon business leaders, all focused on creating more jobs. They will achieve this by measuring Ontario’s economic competitiveness through five strategic goals:

  • knowledge and skills;
  • innovation culture;
  • strong global orientation;
  • building on industry and regional strengths; and
  • favourable investment climate.

“We’ve improved Ontario’s competitiveness by lowering taxes, supporting research and development and eliminating 1,700 unnecessary regulations,” said Runciman. “But we have more to do—this group’s work will help us be the best in the world at getting companies to come, to stay and to create jobs in our communities.”
“If a company is closing operations in four locations worldwide and leaving one open, I want that one open facility staying right here in Ontario,” said Harris. “Ultimately, the success of this task force will be measured by the number of jobs it helps to create in communities across Ontario.”

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Measuring ontario’s economic competitiveness and creating jobs

In the 21 Steps Into The 21st Century plan, the Ontario government committed resources to an independent business group to strengthen Ontario’s competitiveness and help create more jobs.

Roger Martin, Dean of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and head of this economic task force, will be joined by a team of business leaders, all focused on creating more jobs.
They will measure Ontario’s economic competitiveness through five strategic goals:

  • knowledge and skills;
  • innovation culture;
  • strong global orientation;
  • building on industry and regional strengths; and
  • favourable investment climate.

This task force is part of our commitment to assess and compare our competitiveness globally to ensure we can attract, create and keep jobs locally.

Since the announcement, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Bob Runciman has met with Roger Martin to set the overall strategic directions of the task force.

Since 1995, the Ontario government has addressed the issue of economic progress, competitiveness and productivity by:

  • passing 13 red tape reduction bills, repealing over 50 outdated Acts, amending over 200 other Acts and eliminating over 1,700 unnecessary regulations which hindered business growth;
  • committing $130 million to the Strategic Skills Initiative in order to enrich the workforce in Ontario and give businesses an edge over their competitors;
  • attracting over $2.475 billion in international investments; and
  • announcing 192 tax cuts.

Task force on competitiveness, productivity and economic progress

Led by acknowledged competitiveness expert Roger Martin, the members of the Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress bring a strong set of skills, education and experience to the challenge of monitoring Ontario’s economic progress. Their recommendations will help protect existing jobs, create new jobs and build a stronger province.

Roger L. Martin, University of Toronto (Chair)

Roger Martin is the Dean of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Mr. Martin was previously a director of Monitor Company, a strategic consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a global network of offices and activities. At Monitor, he founded the Canadian office, established Monitor University and served as co-head of the firm for two years.

A native of Wallenstein, Ontario, he received his AB with a concentration in economics in 1979 from Harvard College. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981. In addition to publishing in the Harvard Business Review, Mr. Martin has worked closely with colleagues from the Harvard Business School such as Michael Porter (in areas of competitive strategy and country competitiveness); Chris Argyris (in the area of organizational learning); and Michael Jensen (in organizational strategy). He is working on his first book, The Responsibility Virus.

Mr. Martin serves as a director on the boards of Thomson Corporation, Celestica Inc., Ontario SuperBuild Corporation and the Canadian Film Centre. He is a trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children.

James L. Balsillie, Research in Motion Limited

Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research in Motion Limited (RIM), Jim Balsillie directs the company’s strategy, business development and finance. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM is a world leader in the mobile communications market, with a history of developing breakthrough wireless solutions.

A chartered accountant who earned a B. Comm. degree at the University of Toronto and an MBA from Harvard University, Mr. Balsillie joined Research In Motion in 1992. He has also served as Executive Vice President and a Director of Sutherland-Shultz Limited in Kitchener, Ontario, and has held senior positions at Ernst & Young in Toronto.

Timothy D. Dattels, Goldman Sachs

Tim Dattels is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, a leading global banking and investment services firm. He heads the firm’s office in Menlo Park, California, where he is responsible for cross-divisional strategy and direction. Mr. Dattels was actively involved in the development of Goldman Sachs’ high technology franchise and is a member of the firm’s Technology Operating Committee.

A Harvard MBA and graduate of the University of Western Ontario (where he now serves on the Advisory Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business), Mr. Dattels joined Goldman Sachs in 1990. He was elected partner in 1996 and served on Goldman Sachs’ Management Committee in Asia.

Lisa de Wilde, Canadian Feature Film Policy Advisory Group

A key player in the Canadian film and television industry, Lisa de Wilde is a member of the Canadian Feature Film Policy Advisory Group and serves on the board of the Toronto International Film Festival. Her extensive knowledge of the broadcasting world has been demonstrated throughout her career, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Astral Television Networks. At Astral, she was instrumental in pay and pay-per-view television expansion in Canada.

A graduate of McGill University law school, Ms de Wilde first served with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and later joined the Montreal law firm Heenan Blaikie, where she became a partner.

David Folk, Jefferson Partners

David Folk is the Managing General Partner of Jefferson Partners, a Toronto-based venture capital investment organization he co-founded in 1994. Jefferson funds and builds world-class technology companies focused on Internet/information/ communications technology. Before forming Jefferson, Mr. Folk co-founded Lincoln Capital Corporation and prior to that was a principal in the Merchant Banking Group of the Mercantile Bank of Canada.

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, Mr. Folk has helped to raise and invest over $250 million since he began his career in 1984. He is a co-founder of eMagine, a new initiative aimed at uniting entrepreneurs and their organizations in a philanthropic movement across Canada. He is also past chair of Kids Help Foundation, a leading national charity focused on Canadian kids, parents and families, as well as the chair of the new board of trustees for Kids Help.

Daniel Trefler, Institute for Policy Analysis

Dan Trefler is a Research Associate at the Institute for Policy Analysis (University of Toronto) and currently the Canadian Pacific Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. His current research focuses on the domestic and international levers for promoting Canadian competitiveness.

Dr. Trefler holds degrees in economics from the University of Toronto (BA), Cambridge University (M.Phil), and UCLA (PhD) and is also a Research Fellow at the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies (University of Chicago) and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. A member of the Academic Advisory Board for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he recently received the Canadian Economics Association’s Rae Award for Excellence in Research.

Suzanne Fortier, Queen’s University

Dr. Suzanne Fortier is Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she is also a full professor in the departments of Chemistry and Computing and Information Science. From 1995 to 2000, she was the university’s Vice-Principal (Research). Dr. Fortier joined Queen’s University as an Assistant Professor in 1982, after holding research positions at the Medical Foundation of Buffalo and the National Research Council of Canada.

A PhD graduate of McGill University, Dr. Fortier has held numerous administrative and collegial posts. She currently chairs the Ontario Science and Innovation Council and is a member of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors.

Michael L. Gourley, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Michael Gourley is a partner in PwC Consulting, where he advises clients on strategic solutions to business problems. PwC Consulting is the management consulting services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Gourley also chairs the Ontario Innovation Trust, the province’s $750 million trust to support research infrastructure investments in partnership with the private sector. He is a founding member of the Board of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund.

From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Gourley served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Finance and Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority and was responsible for the province’s annual $15 billion financing program.

David Johnston, University of Waterloo

President of the University of Waterloo, Dr. David Johnston is the author of 12 books, including Getting Canada Online: Understanding the Information Highway. Dr. Johnston completed his university studies with honours in three countries: the United States (Harvard AB 1963), England (Cambridge LLB 1965) and Canada (Queen’s LLB 1966).

In addition to numerous academic positions, he has served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. He has chaired the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Neuroscience Network Centre of Excellence, the Information Highway Advisory Council and Harvard University’s Board of Overseers.

David Keddie, National Compressed Air

President of National Compressed Air, David Keddie has used his experience as a successful exporter to mentor companies in Northern Ontario. The company has a head office in Mississauga, and offices in Lively and London, Ontario and

Spruce Grove, Alberta. With a background as a trade commissioner for Canada, he has advised many companies on developing export markets and assisted them in implementing their export strategy.

A frequent speaker for the Ontario government and the federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on trade missions, Mr. Keddie has served as a Director of the Canadian Association of Mining Engineering and Services for Export (CAMESE).

Mark Mullins, MSG Hedge Corporation

President of MSG Hedge Corporation, a privately owned consulting firm, Mark Mullins is an economic consultant and financial markets analyst with expertise in finance, research, quantitative analysis and media. Mr. Mullins was Director, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Midland Walwyn Capital Inc., where his major responsibility was creating and communicating a view on the North American economy and financial markets.

Mr. Mullins is a frequent financial market commentator on CBC Radio and globeandmail.com. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Saskatchewan.

William Orovan, McMaster University

Dr. William Orovan is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. A graduate of McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences, he obtained his MD in 1975 and has been a member of the faculty since 1981.

Dr. Orovan, who has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University, has also served as Chief of the Department of Surgery and as Chief of the Medical Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. A former President of the Ontario Medical Association, he has a longstanding interest in public policy issues pertaining to health care.

Timothy H. Penner, Procter & Gamble Inc.

Tim Penner, President of Procter & Gamble Inc., joined Procter & Gamble Canada 23 years ago, after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He was appointed General Manager of P&G’s Health Care business in 1991. He has extensive international experience as Vice President of P&G’s Health and Beauty Care business in the UK and Ireland and as Vice President of P&G’s North American Tissue/Towel business in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He currently serves on several boards, including The Conference Board of Canada, the Dean’s Advisory Council for Wilfrid Laurier School of Business and Economics and the International Advisory Council for the Schulich School of Business.

Belinda Stronach, Magna International Inc.

Belinda Stronach is Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Magna International Inc., one of the world’s largest and most diversified suppliers of automotive systems and components. Ms. Stronach joined Magna in 1985 and was elected to the board of directors in 1988. She was appointed Vice President in 1995 and oversaw Magna’s corporate affairs and social responsibility function.

In 1999, she was appointed Executive Vice-President and led the global restructuring of Magna’s human resources operations. Ms. Stronach serves on a number of boards, including the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, and she chairs the Magna for Canada Scholarship Fund—an annual awards program for Canadian college and university students.