Up until her retirement in December of 2014, Catherine Swift had been with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business since September 1987, initially as Chief Economist. She became Chair in June 1999 after being named Chief Executive Officer in July 1997 and President in May of 1995. She stepped down as President & CEO in June 2012. Her various responsibilities included coordinating policy issues at federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, representing CFIB with politicians, government, business and other groups. Ms. Swift worked with the federal government in Ottawa from 1976 to 1983, holding several positions with the Departments of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Industry and Communications. Her areas of specialization included corporate and industrial analysis, international trade and computer communications. From 1983 – 1987 Ms. Swift was Senior Economist with the Toronto-Dominion Bank in the Department of Economic Research. Her work included industrial analysis and forecasts, provincial economic and financial analysis, and special advisory projects with Bank clients. Catherine Swift studied at the University of Toronto and Carleton University in Ottawa, obtaining a BA (Honors) in Economics in 1977 and an MA in Economics in 1980. She has published numerous articles in journals, magazines and other media on such small business issues as free trade, finance, entrepreneurship and women small business owners. Ms. Swift is a Past President of the Empire Club of Canada, a Director of the C.D. Howe Institute, a past director of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, and SOS Children’s Villages Canada, and is currently President of the International Small Business Congress. She was cited in 2003 and again in 2012 as one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.
Sep 24: The PAAC BC Chapter (PAAC-BC) in Vancouver invites you to attend the 2019 annual meeting! Great opportunity to meet your chapter reps and get involved! More details here: ow.ly/GeSQ50vMujg #BCpoli pic.twitter.com/1d2RZvCr2G
Sept 18: Join a lively discussion with #ONpoli healthcare experts! Opening remarks by MPP @RobinMartinPC Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health. @AlzheimerOnt @Piroska_Bata @RNAO Last chance to register: ow.ly/ERQy50wbo5d pic.twitter.com/B4k9DYwKp6
Experts on misinformation, including the former head of Canada’s spy agency, are urging Canadians to be more aware of the consequences when they share news online without checking that it’s authentic #cdnpoli #elx19. ow.ly/36nD50w8xbb
PAAC is Heading West (Again!) Alberta has long been the epicentre of public affairs activities in the West, and it is high time we launch a Chapter there! Join us Sept 23 for a BBQ and Refreshments in Edmonton to launch the PAAC Alberta Chapter. #ABpoli ow.ly/fFqV50vMtUe pic.twitter.com/h4G3bCWYeT