What’s happening in the global economy? Why have oil prices crashed? What does China’s decline mean to the world? How is the US helping or hurting us—and where do we go from here? The Honourable Joe Oliver—Canada’s Minister of Finance, 2014–15—has some expert assessments. This Bay Street vet offers an optimistic take on economics, politics, citizenship, and what it takes to keep the country prosperous.
The Hon. Joe Oliver offers a unique view of Canada’s financial past and future. He has served various roles in government and in the corporate sector. He was Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the GTA, and, of course, Minister of Finance, where he presented a balanced budget for the world’s eleventh largest economy. In the corporate sector, Oliver has held senior positions running investment banking operations at Merrill Lynch Royal Securities, Nesbitt Thomson, and BMO Nesbitt, among others. He will seek the provincial Progressive Conservative party nomination in York Centre for the 2018 Ontario provincial election.
“One of the ‘government’s most strategic assets’.”— Maclean’s
While in office, Oliver represented Canada at the G7, G20, IMF, and World Bank meetings of Finance Ministers and Governors of Central Banks. He also co-chaired the G20 committee, responsible for generating country plans to increase global growth by $2 trillion. Previously, he served as President and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. He was also Chair of the Financial Services Council of Canada, and the founding President and CEO of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association. Oliver also served as Chairman of the Consultative Committee of the International Association of Securities Commissions, and worked as Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. In March 2016, he was named a Distinguished Senior Fellow by the Montreal Economic Institute, an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization, and in April 2016, appointed as Chairman of the Origin Merchant Partners’ Advisory Board.