Catherine Swift, BAHons/77, MA/80 and chair of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will present a lecture at the Ottawa Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The lecture, entitled The Coming Demographic Tsunami – Major Challenges Ahead, will delve into the challenges presented by rapidly approaching changes in the global labour force.
Print media are invited to attend.
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Where: Rideau Club, 15th Floor, 99 Bank Street
For the last several decades, many of the major changes in the global economy and society have been driven or enabled by the massive group of post-war baby boomers. Now that this generation is on the cusp of retiring from the full-time active labour force, there will be massive impacts on labour markets, the entrepreneurial sector, the corporate sector and governments that will require major structural changes to accommodate.
About Catherine Swift:
As past president and CEO of the CFIB, Catherine Swift has been at the front line of the national economy. She has co-ordinated policy issues between all levels of government, business and other groups and has seen first-hand how Canada is equipped to deal with such a period of adjustment.
Swift has been with the CFIB since September 1987, initially as chief economist. She was named chief executive officer in 1997 and president in 1995. Her various responsibilities include co-ordinating policy issues at federal, provincial and municipal levels of government and representing CFIB with government, business and other groups.
Swift worked with the federal government in Ottawa from 1976 to 1983, holding several positions with the Departments of Consumer and Corporate Affiars, Industry and Communications. Her areas of specialization include corporate and industrial analysis, international trade and computer communications.
From 1983 until 1987, 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 clients.
She has published numerous articles in journals, magazines and other media on small business issues, free trade, finance and women small business owners. Swift is former president of the Empire Club of Canada and holds directorships with the C.D. Howe Institute, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages Canada. She is currently president of the International Small Business Congress. She was cited as one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.
For more information:
613-520-2600, ext. 1391