New members of the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy​

By Jane Rooney, Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader

February 22, 2017

I am excited to announce the 15 new members of our National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy.

The new members are:​

  • Camille Beaudoin, Autorité des marchés financiers
  • Harold Calla, First Nations Financial Management Board
  • Jeff Cates, Intuit Canada
  • Terry Campbell, Canadian Bankers Association
  • Martha Durdin, Canadian Credit Union Association
  • Terry Goodtrack, AFOA Canada (formerly Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada)
  • Greg Pollock, Advocis
  • Darren Hill, Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan
  • Michel Leduc, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Elizabeth Mulholland, Prosper Canada
  • Andrew Nicholson, Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick 
  • Kelly Stone, Canadian Association of Family Resources Programs
  • Frank Swedlove, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
  • Joy Thomas, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Patricia White, Credit Counselling Canada

This committee plays a vital role in strengthening the financial literacy of Canadians. Members provide valuable advice on the implementation of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy — Count me in, Canada, which sets out a path for helping Canadians gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make responsible decisions and improve their financial wellbeing. They will lead on initiatives and concrete actions that will result in incremental change in the financial literacy of Canadians. They will also advise me on emerging trends, issues and gaps in programs and policies, explore solutions to address the needs of Canadians, and share best practices.

The new members come from across the country and are accomplished leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. They will be champions of the strategy, provide leadership within their sectors, and engage stakeholder communities in working to advance the strategy’s goals and priorities. They will also report to me on progress in their fields.

​The new committee members will join us at a critical time as we educate financial consumers in a rapidly changing marketplace. They will support us as we encourage Canadians to budget, plan their finances, save for the future, and understand their rights and responsibilities as consumers. They will also support us as we promote education tools that help consumers choose financial products and services that best suit their needs.

I look forward to working closely with these passionate and accomplished individuals. They were chosen from more than 120 applicants, and I was thrilled to see so much interest from across the country in helping to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians.

The committee, which works on a voluntary basis, will serve for two years. 

Members will carry on the work of my inaugural committee. I would like to thank all of those dedicated people for their hard work and tremendous contribution to financial literacy.

I see financial literacy as a shared responsibility. We all have a role to play. And we all benefit – individually and as an economy – when we manage our money well. 

As Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader, I invite you to join the conversation by following us on social media. Follow our Twitter account and Facebook​ page. I also encourage you to use the tools and resources in our Canadian Financial Literacy Database​.

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