External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness: About the committee

In 2018, the External Advisory Committee on Regulatory Competitiveness was formed to help ministers and regulators modernize Canada’s regulatory system into one that further enables investment and catalyzes innovation.

The Committee:

  • provides advice on how to improve regulatory competitiveness in Canada;
  • brings together business, academics and consumer representatives from across the country to provide an independent perspective on regulatory barriers to business success; and
  • helps identify opportunities to improve regulatory frameworks while protecting health, security, safety, and the environment.

To learn more about the scope and authority of the committee, review the committee’s terms of reference.

Composition and membership

The Committee is composed of 8 members, including the Chair. The Chair is selected by the President of the Treasury Board from among the members.

Committee members participate on a pro bono basis without remuneration. Eligible travel and accommodation expenses for members are reimbursed in accordance with the Government of Canada Travel Directive when in-person meetings are required. Members are asked to serve on the Committee for a 2-year term with the possibility of renewal.


Chair: Laura Jones
Chair: Laura Jones

Chair: Laura Jones

Laura Jones is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategic Officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). She is also responsible for the CFIB’s legislative, communications, research, and IT functions.

Laura has spearheaded several high-profile campaigns on behalf of small businesses, including CFIB’s annual Red Tape Awareness WeekTM. She has led groundbreaking research on the costs of regulation in Canada and in the United States. Laura has also served on several federal and provincial committees that advise governments on reducing regulatory burden.

Laura has been providing advice to Canadian governments on effective regulatory reform for more than a decade, serving on a number of advisory committees including the Red Tape Advisory Committee for the government of Canada. She has also authored a number of studies estimating the cost and impact of regulation, including studies for the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mercatus Centre and CFIB.

Laura received her B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and her M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Catherine Beaudry
Dr.  Catherine Beaudry

Dr. Catherine Beaudry

Catherine Beaudry is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Creation, Development and the Commercialization of Innovation, a Tier 1 Chair dedicated to the study of partnerships, networks and collaboration among academic researchers, businesses and government organizations. She leads the Partnership for the organisation of innovation and new technology (4POINT0). Focusing on the geographic, social, cognitive and organizational proximity of collaborations as well as on national and international innovation partnerships, Professor Beaudry and her team study the collaborative innovation process from the three interrelated angles of openness, proximity and the impact of research.

Professor Beaudry is also a member of Polytechnique Montréal’s Research Group on Globalization and Management of Technology (GMT), a member of IVADO (Institute for Data Valorization), a fellow of the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO) and a member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST).

Stewart Elgie
Stewart  Elgie

Stewart Elgie

Stewart Elgie is a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa and the founder and chair of the Smart Prosperity Institute, an environment-economy think tank and research network. He is also the co-founder of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which generates expert reports on market-based approaches to protect the environment.

Elgie began his career as an environmental lawyer in Alaska, including litigating over the Valdez spill, then returned to Canada and founded Ecojustice, Canada’s largest non-profit environmental law organization. He has an LL.M. from Harvard and a doctorate in law and economics from Yale.

Elgie has chaired or served on many advisory bodies on the environment and sustainability including, CAPP’s Responsible Canadian Energy Committee and the Economic Strategy Table for Canada’s Resources Sectors. He was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal for exceptional lifetime contributions to law in 2001 and Canada’s Clean 50 Award, for thought leadership on economic sustainability in 2015.

Ginny Flood
Ginny  Flood

Ginny Flood

Ginny Flood is the Vice President, Government Relations at Suncor Energy. Ms. Flood and her team provide leadership on many key issues facing the energy sector and supports the organization at all levels of government. Prior to joining Suncor, Ms. Flood was the Vice President Canada for Rio Tinto where she provided strategic leadership for Rio Tinto’s businesses in Canada on national and global matters.

Ms. Flood is the Chair of the Board for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is the co-vice chair for the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN). Ms. Flood was a director on the Board for the Canadian Manufacturing and Exporters and the China Alberta Petroleum Centre (CAPC). Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Flood held various senior level positions in the federal government. 

She has a Queen’s University Executive MBA and studied Business Administration at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Anne Fowlie
Anne  Fowlie

Anne Fowlie

Anne Fowlie manages a range of special projects for the Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC), an international member-based body providing a range of commercial dispute resolution services to the produce industry on product entering commerce in the North American market.

From 1999-2016, Anne was the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC). Under her guidance the CHC undertook a leadership role in a multi-stakeholder effort which resulted in the 2002 establishment and launch of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Pest Management Centre. During this time she oversaw the team which developed and successfully implemented the CanadaGAP® On-Farm-Food Safety Program for Fruits and Vegetables in Canada.

Anne has been a member of numerous industry and government advisory committees and boards of directors, including the International Federation for Produce Standards and the World Potato Congress.

Anne attended Mount Allison University.

Don Mercer
Don  Mercer

Don Mercer

Don Mercer is the President of the Consumers Council of Canada. He has been involved in a variety of roles with the Council since he retired after a long career in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver with Competition Bureau Canada, which administers the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act, the Textiles Act and the Precious Metals Marking Act. These laws, relating to mergers, abuse of dominance, price-fixing conspiracies and outlawing of misleading advertising and deception are intended by Parliament to foster healthy competition and trust in the marketplace.

Don is an active member of the Payments Canada Stakeholder Advisory Council, an Advisory Council mandated by the federal law governing Payments Canada as well as the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada Consumer Protection Advisory Committee.

Keith Mussar
Keith  Mussar<

Keith Mussar

Keith Mussar is Founder and Principal Consultant for Keith Mussar & Associates, a food sector consulting firm that helps Canadian and international food companies to understand and comply with Canada food regulatory system. Keith has more than 20 years of industrial experience in food regulatory compliance, manufacturing and product formulation across a broad range of food categories.

Keith serves on a number of Government of Canada advisory bodies including: the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Expert Advisory Committee and Health Canada’s Food Expert Advisory Committee, which he co-chaired from 2010-17. In addition, Keith is the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.

Recognized for his expertise in food, Keith often testifies as a technical expert before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Canadian Senate and House of Commons Standing Committees. He is a Professor in the School of Health Science at Humber College where he teaches courses on Canada’s food regulatory system.

Nancy Olewiler
Nancy  Olewiler

Nancy Olewiler

Nancy Olewiler is an economist, Director of and Professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. Her PhD is in economics from the University of British Columbia. Nancy’s areas of research focus on public policy, including energy and climate policy, regulation and risk, and transportation.

She has published in academic journals, edited books, provided reports for governments, has written two widely used textbooks, and teaches a graduate course in regulation policy. Nancy has served on a number of boards of directors including BC Hydro, Powertech, and TransLink, is a member of the Climate Solutions Clean Growth Council for BC, and currently on several boards of directors including the Institute for Research on Public Policy and Technical Safety BC.

She chairs the Macroeconomic Accounts Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada.

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