Dr. Beaulieu (PhD, Columbia University) is a professor of economics and is program director, international economics, at The School of Public Policy. He has worked as an economist for the Government of Kenya and the Bank of Canada. His research is in empirical international economics, firm dynamics, labour markets, and income inequality. In 2004, Dr. Beaulieu was the Norman Robertson Fellow at International Trade Canada. He has also served on the executive council of the Canadian Economics Association. Dr. Beaulieu is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Empirical Trade Conference, an annual conference in Banff that brings together leading experts on empirical international trade, and he is the founder of the Canadian International Trade Study Group, a network of trade economists. He volunteers in the non-profit sector as the past board chair of a large arts organization, and co-chair of the annual Hearts Out gala, which supports the Youth Singers of Calgary and the Performing Arts Youth Centre.
Kelly Best is the strategic implementation lead for the B.C. Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. The Ministry pursues strategic opportunities to promote British Columbia internationally as a preferred place to invest and do business. Previously, Ms. Best has been a senior advisor at the Government of British Columbia in the areas of labour market development, immigration, and B.C.'s crown agencies.
Dr. Eva Busza is vice-president, research and programs, at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining the foundation, she was director of policy and strategic planning for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Previous appointments also include team leader for Asia Pacific in the United Nations’ Development Programme’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and senior adviser at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Dr. Busza holds a PhD from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary, she has been a research fellow at several universities and institutes including Columbia University, George Washington University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution, and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.
Colin Hansen is the president and CEO of AdvantageBC, a private-sector organization dedicated to promoting British Columbia as a centre for international business. He was elected to the British Columbia legislature in 1996, and served as deputy premier and minister of finance from June 2008 to March 2011. He also served for almost four years as minister of health and three years as minister of economic development, which included responsibility for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia-Pacific Initiative. Mr. Hansen serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations: the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies at Simon Fraser University, the Canada Japan Society, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, and the Fraser Basin Council. He also chairs the advisory board for Retirement Concepts, and is chair of the board of directors for the Transportation Investment Corporation, a provincial Crown corporation. Before entering politics, he was president and founding partner of Image Group, which is now BC’s largest promotional products company. Prior to that, he was the vice-president, finance and administration, for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Lori Rennison is a senior policy director in the Bank of Canada’s Canadian Economic Analysis Department. Following several years at the Department of Finance Canada and Industry Canada, Ms. Rennison joined the central bank in 2007. She has also directed the economic activities of the Bank’s five regional offices and served as senior policy advisor in both the Canadian and International Economic Analysis departments.
Claudia Verno is the director of the Corporate Research Department and senior economist at Export Development Canada (EDC). Her group is tasked with conducting research to inform EDC’s strategic direction, facilitate policy, increase awareness of the benefits of international trade, and provide intelligence to the Canadian exporting community. Before her role as the group’s director, Ms. Verno worked as a senior economist for the Economic and Forecasting Division, where she was the lead on the G7 economies and covered developments on the transportation, forestry and consumer goods industries. She has a master’s degree in international economics from McGill University.