About the Economic Club of Canada

Since 2003 The Economic Club of Canada has earned a prestigious reputation as THE Podium of Record. Uniquely positioned as the only national non-partisan organization capable of staging events across the country, our mission is to bring our members and guests face-to-face with the most important, relevant and influential leaders of our time. The Economic Club has grown in stature and reputation as the most respected and influential platform of its kind.

Each year, more than 100 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. In past years, our guests have included such high-profile figures as Senator John McCain; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California; the Premiers of Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba; a number of Federal and Provincial Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Finance for a post-Budget address; and many others. The coming months will see us continue to host sessions featuring many of Canada’s – and the world’s – leading newsmakers.

Our audience members are drawn from the most senior levels of Canadian business, industry and government. Our sessions provide accessibility to our speakers and the opportunity to pose questions, direct and unfiltered. Membership is open to all who share a passion for the great issues of the day, and whose responsibilities require insight and information, experts and exchange.

Rhiannon Traill

President & CEO

Rhiannon Traill is the President & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada. Each year, more than 160 key global policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. Under Mrs. Traill leadership the club has successfully expanded operations across Canada, making it the only National Public Policy Platform in Canada. The club now successfully stages events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Yellowknife and Nunavut.

In 2012, Mrs. Traill launched the Annual Voice of Hope awards in Ottawa. This award was designed to recognize outstanding humanitarians that have dedicated their life to the equality of women and children around the globe.

Mrs. Traill also founded The Jr. Economic Club of Canada which is organization designed to inspire Canadian youth to become financially literate, civically engaged and socially responsible. The Jr. Economic Club now runs 6 diverse programs under its banner including its flagship experiential learning programs “A Day on Bay Street” and the summer program “Bay Street Boot Camp”. To date over 35,000 students from across Canada have been a part of Jr. Economic Club of Canada programming and the club has granted over $100,000.00 in academic scholarships. Mrs. Traill has successfully developed three financial literacy tool kits to aid educators in teaching important financial skills to high school students. The Jr. EC toolkit “Your Money, Your Wellness, has now been successfully delivered in over 75% of the classrooms in Ontario and the “Me & My Money” toolkit for Inuit youth is currently being rolled out across all 53 arctic communities of Canada, in partnership with the National Inuit Youth Council of Canada. In September 2014, Mrs. Traill launched Jr. ECTV, a television program that provides a platform for young Canadians to talk about important issues. Mrs. Traill serves as the show’s host, writer and community producer. The show has included such high profiles guests as The Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minster of Finance, Craig Alexander, Former Chief Economist of TD Bank & The Right Honourable John Turner, Former Prime Minister of Canada. The Jr. Economic Club has been nationally recognized by business and government leaders across the country and Mrs. Traill has appeared numerous times on BNN and CTV News to speak about the success of the program and the importance of financial literacy.

In 2013, and again in 2015, Rhiannon was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Women’s Executive Network in the Telus Future Leaders and the Sunlife Trailblazers & Trendsetters categories. She was also named one of Canada’s Change Agents by Canadian Business Magazine in 2016. She served on the Toronto committee for Canadian Blood Services Campaign for All Canadians, which successfully launched a national public umbilical cord blood bank in Canada and she currently serves as a member of the Council of Champions for the national not for profit, Children First. In 2014, Rhiannon was elected to Ryerson University's Board of Governors where she is responsible for the governance of the university; control of its property and revenues and the conduct of its business and affairs. She is also a singer, golfer, runner and a Ryerson University graduate. She currently resides in Markham with her husband Eric and her two sons Luke and Bennett.

Natasha Morano

Vice President

Natasha Hope Morano is Vice President of the Economic Club of Canada. She resides in Ottawa. Ms. Morano has been instrumental in increasing the Economic Club’s profile; bringing over 200 key policy makers and business leaders to the Economic Club’s podium to make major keynote addresses. In January 2012, Natasha Morano was named Executive Director of the Club and was selected to open the Economic Club of Canada's first satellite office in Ottawa. Under Ms. Morano’s stewardship the Economic Club has become the main platform for key announcements and policy discussions in the nation’s capital. Ms. Morano is responsible for overseeing all operations in Ottawa, as well as directing and overseeing national and international events. Ms. Morano was named Vice President in April 2013 and expanded the Economic Club’s reach in 2014 to include events in Western Canada.

Ms. Morano also played a vital role developing the Jr. Economic Club of Canada, an off-shoot organization designed to inspire Canadian youth about the importance of financial literacy. In 2012 Ms. Morano founded The Voice of Hope Humanitarian Awards Gala. This marquee event is the first human rights gala in Canada’s capital created to honour exceptional human rights advocates from across the globe.

Natasha’s passion for humanitarianism compelled her to recently complete the Private Schools Principal certification at York University, solidifying her resolve to pursue education reform. In 2015, Natasha founded the Gadfly Academy, an educational institution, promoting the importance of critical thinking, which she plans to open in the near future. Natasha’s philanthropy has been widely recognized. Her story is published in “Making it in High Heels 4: Women of Philanthropy and Charity.” Natasha joined the President & CEO Advisory Council of Canada World Youth, where her passion for promoting critical thinking among youth is nurtured and applied.

Ms. Morano focuses on philanthropic practices in the city by donating excess food from events to various shelters in Ottawa and has worked with the Joy Smith Foundation in Ottawa to raise the awareness of the severity of human trafficking. Natasha is active in her community and currently sits on the operations committee for the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards wherein she advises the Board of Directors on recommendations for the operations of the soon to be opened Innovation Centre. Miss Morano is an avid runner and has participated in several Ottawa race weekend events.

She completed her undergraduate Honours Degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and English, and minor in Philosophy. She completed her MA in Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and Waterloo University. Her research is focused primarily on the influence the media plays in shaping public policy and opinion regarding terrorism. She is widely recognized for her research, such as: "Media Interference: The Effects of Framing the 'Toronto 18' Terrorists Arrests," and upon request donated her database to LISPOP (Laurier Institute for the Study for Public Opinion and Policy). She has presented this research across Canada and the United States. Natasha has also completed studies in Spanish.

Not only is Natasha an academic, she is also a seasoned equestrian show jumper. She won first for Canada in 2001 and has future hopes of pursuing her passion for horses. Most recently Natasha was nominated for Businesswoman of the Year and has become a mentor for many young women in the community.

Kara Merpaw

Kara Merpaw

Director of Communications

Kara is The EC's Director of Communications. She studied political science and gender studies at Western University and completed a postgraduate certificate in public relations at Humber College in Toronto. Before joining the Economic Club in 2013, she gained communications experience at a Canadian financial institution and a tech-focused public relations agency.

In her time at The EC, Kara has managed countless high-profile events and has taken particular pride in improving the overall member experience. For the year ahead, she has committed herself to connecting post-secondary students and new graduates with The EC community.

Outside of work, Kara enjoys travelling, reading and trying new restaurants around Toronto.

Sophie LaPointe

Sophie LaPointe

Director of Operations

Prior to joining the Economic Club of Canada in August 2015, Sophie worked as an event apprentice for the Arthritis Society, working on projects such as the "All-in for Arthritis Poker Gala", the organization's largest fundraising gala of the year.

Sophie graduated from the Special Event Planning and Management program at George Brown College in April of 2015. During her studies, she lead several teams through the planning and execution process of theme-oriented fundraising events and was awarded the GBC Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership. She also took on the role as a Peer Leader in program tutoring sessions. Sophie found a special interest in her public speaking opportunities during her time at George Brown and has worked to incorporate this into her leadership skills.

Sophie enjoys travelling, reading and all that is involved with the performing arts.

Emily Peters

Emily Peters

Senior Events Coordinator

Emily is a Senior Events Coordinator at the Economic Club of Canada in the Toronto office. She has previously worked at a local PR firm and the Hockey Hall of Fame. At Wilfrid Laurier University, Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Communications, with a minor in Cultural Studies. During her studies, she became increasingly interested in the world’s vast cultures and religions, finding that to be the main focus of her electives.

Emily is truly passionate about her involvement with the Junior Economic Club of Canada.

In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga & meditation, cooking, going to concerts and watching sports.

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