As the President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Goldy Hyder, represents some of the TSX‘s largest companies. Further to this, he has extensive experience as a policy maker, serving as the Director of Policy and Chief of Staff, to the former Prime Minister and former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, the Right Honourable, Joe Clark. Mr. Hyder’s understanding of the ins-and-outs of Canadian politics at the highest levels, as well as his understanding of the implications of policy on the very organizations that he now represents, gives him a unique perspective to be able to provide us with an understanding of things to come.
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Goldy Hyder was appointed President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, effective October 15, 2018. Founded in 1976, the Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the chief executives and heads of 150 leading Canadian businesses, employing 1.7 million Canadians and composed of every major industry across the country.
From July 2014 to October 2018, Mr. Hyder was President and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies (Canada), providing strategic communications counsel to the firm’s extensive and diverse client base. Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton in 2001, he served as Director of Policy and Chief of Staff to The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former Prime Minister and former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party.
Mr. Hyder is a regular commentator in the Canadian media on business, politics and leadership. He is the host of the recently launched “Speaking of Business” podcast, which features interviews with Canadian innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders. In 2013, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.
In addition to his achievements in business and public policy, Mr. Hyder has a long track record of service on behalf of several charities and non-profit organizations. He is a past co-chair of the United Way of Ottawa’s Campaign Cabinet and a former member of the Board of Governors at Carleton University. Currently, he serves as chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, vice chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council, and as an executive committee member of the Century Initiative. In addition, he sits on the advisory boards of two leading organizations promoting advancement of women leaders, Catalyst Canada and the 30% Club (Canada).
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