Don Drummond is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of TD Bank where he leads work of TD Economics in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies which influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies. He travels widely across Canada and abroad, speaking to TD clients and various groups about the Canadian economy and its prospects and is frequently quoted by the media on economic and policy issues.
He worked at the federal Department of Finance for almost 23 years and held a series of positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy. His last three positions were Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy & Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation, and Associate Deputy Minister. As Associate Deputy Minister, he was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations, and coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.
He graduated from the University of Victoria and received his M.A. in Economics from Queen’s University.
Janet Halliwell is the Principal of J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc, a company established to offer value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI).
Prior to her retirement from public service in 2007, she was Executive Vice-President of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada where she had responsibility for corporate affairs, including governance, strategic planning, government relations, and performance measurement. She acted as Chief Operating Officer of SSHRC from September 2005 to August 2006 in the absence of a full time President. She was Chair of the Nova Scotia Council on Higher Education (1992-96), Chair of the Science Council of Canada (1990-1992), and an officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (through 1990). She has advised on number of major projects, including the design phases of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
She holds degrees from Queen’s University and University of British Columbia, has received honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities, and is a recipient of the Walter Hitschfeld Prize for university research administration.
François Héran is Director of the Institut national d'études démographiques (INED), the French national institute for demographic research. He is a member of the Administration Board of the Paris School of Economics, vice-chair of the National Assessment Board of the Population Census, member of the Scientific Council of the French Observatory for Statistics on Immigration and Integration, and member of the Council of the European Association for Population Studies.
Prior to becoming director of INED, he was head of the Population Survey Branch of the French National Statistical Office (INSEE), member of management team and director of research at INED, and in charge of several surveys including Sociability in France and Couple Formation. He has published several articles and books, with the most recent published in 2007, Le Temps des immigrés : essai sur le destin de la population française.
He studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris for a teaching diploma (Agrégation in philosophy), received his Ph.D. at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, Paris), and D.Sc. at Université de Paris V.
Lorna Marsden is President Emerita and former Vice-Chancellor of York University. She currently serves as member of the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial, the Laidlaw Foundation, Gore Mutual, Westcoast Energy Inc., and the Institute for Work and Health. She was a Senator representing the senatorial division of Toronto-Taddle Creek, Ontario (1984-1992), and was President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. She began her teaching career at the University of Toronto where she was a Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Vice-Provost of Arts and Sciences. She attended the founding meeting of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) and served as its President from 1975 to 1977.
She has been honoured as one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100”, named one of “Canada’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector”, and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006. She holds honorary degrees from five Canadian universities and has received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, the Canada 125th Anniversary Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and was named a YWCA Woman of Distinction.
She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Ph.D from Princeton University.
Anne Martin-Matthews is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
At UBC, she has held academic administrative positions as Director of the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts, and Dean pro tem of the Faculty of Arts. She was one of four co-Principal Investigators on The Canadian Aging Research Network (CARNET), Founding Director of the University of Guelph's Gerontology Research Centre, and a founding member of the Ontario Gerontology Association.
She was Social Sciences editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging, and its Editor-in-Chief in 1996-2000. Her contributions to research and scholarship in social gerontology have been recognized through her election as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America; and her receipt of the Distinguished Alumni Award from McMaster University; a Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, awarded by the Canadian Association on Gerontology; a Macdonald Institute Centenary Award from the University of Guelph; and a British Academy Visiting Professorship.
She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1971) and an M.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1980) in Sociology from McMaster University.
Doug Saunders is the Globe and Mail’s European Bureau Chief based in London. His column, Reckoning, appears on Saturdays in the Globe and Mail’s Focus section.
He was national bureau chief and writer for the Canadian University Press wire service, a writer and editor for the Canadian monthly This Magazine, and a researcher and freelancer for various Canadian publications. He joined the Globe and Mail in 1995 as an editorial writer and feature writer; created a specialized writing position on media, culture, advertising and popular phenomena; and was a correspondent in Los Angeles, writing on changes in U.S. society. He has written from and about Europe, Turkey, Iran, the Indian subcontinent, North Africa and Asia.
He has won Canada's National Newspaper Award (NNA) for critical writing for three consecutive times (in 1998, 1999 and 2000). In 2006, he won a fourth award, honouring him as the best columnist in Canada during 2005. In 2008, he was nominated for an NNA in international reporting for a series of investigative articles on the state of the middle class around the world.
He was educated in and around Toronto, including seven years at York University.
Jean-Pierre Voyer – is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), a non-profit organization that specializes in the design, implementation and evaluation of large-scale demonstration projects. He currently sits on the research advisory committees of several research projects and organizations, including the Standing Committee on Research Support of Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
He was the Executive Director of the Policy Research Initiative at the Privy Council Office and from 1994 to 2000 he was Director General of the Applied Research Branch at Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC). He has held positions at Finance Canada, the National Union of Provincial Government Employees, and the Economic Council of Canada. He was Chairman of the OECD Education, Labour and Social Affairs Committee from 1998 to 2000.
He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Queen’s University.
Frans Willekens is Director of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), Professor of Demography at the Population Research Centre of the University of Groningen, and a Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
His expertise includes multistate demography, population forecasting, statistical demography, analysis of life history data, and reconstruction of life histories from incomplete data. He has published several journal articles and books, including International Migration in Europe, co-edited with James Raymer and published in 2008.
His educational background is in Economics and Agricultural Engineering.