Thomas d’Aquino, chief executive and president of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), is joining the renowned Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) as visiting professor in global business and policy strategy.

“We’re delighted that Mr. d’Aquino is choosing to share his exceptional policy knowledge and astute business acumen with Carleton students,” says NPSIA Director Fen Hampson. “He will be a welcome addition to the vast talent pool already at the Norman Paterson School.”

Canadian historian Jack Granatstein has listed d’Aquino as one of the 100 most influential Canadians of the 20th century. Canadian author Peter C. Newman, in his book Titans, describes d’Aquino as: “the most powerful influence on public policy formation in Canadian history.”

Mr. d’Aquino has headed up the CCCE since 1981. That organization represents more than 150 leading corporate chief executives and entrepreneurs who work together to help shape fiscal, trade, competitiveness, environment and corporate governance policies in Canada. Member companies collectively administer $4.5 trillion in assets. During his tenure, Mr. d”Aquino has helped the Canadian political and economic establishment grapple with many critical issues, including free trade, globalizations, the dot-com boom and bust and the emergence of economies in the developing world.

Previously, he served as a special assistant to the prime minister and as the founder and chief executive of Intercounsel Limited, a firm specializing in the execution of domestic and international business transactions and the mentoring of chief executives on public policy strategies. He also was an international trade lawyer and an adjunct professor of law, lecturing on the law of international business transactions, trade and the regulation of multinational enterprise.

Mr. d’Aquino sits on many boards and advisory committees in Canada and abroad. He is the author of numerous publications, including co-author of an influential book published in 2001, titled Northern Edge: How Canadians Can Triumph in the Global Economy.

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs offers the oldest Master of Arts degree program in International Affairs in Canada. The school was founded in 1965 through a donation from the late Senator Norman Paterson. It now boasts more than 2,000 alumni around the world, many of whom are distinguished diplomats, international public servants, aid workers, lobbyists, bankers, corporate public affairs officers, academics, journalists and consultants. The school publishes Canada’s premier publication on foreign affairs, Canada Among Nations. Earlier this year, NPSIA and its Centre for Trade Policy and Law received international attention when they released From Correct to Inspired: A Blueprint for Canada-US Engagement, a plan focused on bilateral and global prosperity and security issues.

Recently, the School announced that it had hired Jodi White, former president of Ottawa think-tank Public Policy Forum and chief of staff to former prime minister Kim Campbell as a senior research fellow.


For more information:
Lin Moody
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8705


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