Hon. Brad Duguid, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure to address the Economic Club11:45am-1:30pm | King Edward Hotel - 37 King Street East, Toronto
Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, will speak about the opportunities and challenges facing Ontario's economy today and into the future.
Ontario has long been the economic driver of the country, but shifts in the traditional landscape of manufacturing, the fluctuating dollar, the growing presence of aggressive industrializing nations, and a changing technological landscape have all left their mark on our economy. After faring well in the global economic downturn, the Ontario government is focusing on policy levers that further drive innovation and productivity, merge new sectors with well-established ones, and lay the foundation for long-term economic success. But, the private sector also has an important role to play. Minister Duguid will provide insights on how the government and the private sector can work together to gain strength from new challenges, and use government policies as a catalyst to capitalize on new opportunities, ensuring we are well positioned for the next generation economy.
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Hon. Brad Duguid
Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Government of Ontario
Brad Duguid currently serves as Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and as the Minister responsible for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. As Minister, his focus is on creating jobs, promoting Ontario as a smart place to invest, building a culture of entrepreneurship and growing a strong, innovative economy that is inclusive to people of all abilities. Prior to this post, he served in a number of cabinet roles, including Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, Minster of Energy and Infrastructure, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister of Labour. These portfolios span the economic and social spectrum, instilling a cross-government approach to public policy and government priorities.
Some of Minister Duguid’s key achievements include ushering in the Attracting Investment and Creating Jobs Act, 2012, which established the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and made permanent the Eastern Ontario Development Fund; launching Ontario’s very first Long-Term Energy Plan, which built on Ontario’s commitment to clean energy; and launching PLAY, program for aboriginal youth using participation in sports and activities to teach life-skills.
His involvement in politics began more than 25 years ago while working at Queen’s Park and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. He also served municipally, as a city councillor in Scarborough and Toronto for nine years.
Minister Duguid lives in Scarborough with his wife, Crystal, and two sons, Kennedy and Jordan.