Martha Hall Findlay

President and CEO at Canada West Foundation

Martha’s insight on issues such as international trade, foreign investment and foreign affairs, energy, the environment and supply management frame the debate for Canadian decision-makers. Her career has been diverse, spanning law, technology, politics and public policy. She is also currently the chair of the Board of Alpine Canada, responsible for alpine skiing, ski cross & para alpine teams.

As a corporate lawyer, senior business executive and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as start-ups, primarily in telecommunications and technology. She also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

She was a Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, serving in the Shadow Cabinet and as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Government Operations; and International Trade. She is currently a member of the Minister of International Trade’s Trade Expert Advisory Council.

Martha has served as an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, and as a Board Director and executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations, including the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs; the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs; the Georgian Bay Association and Alberta’s CKUA not-for-profit radio network. She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, has written dozens of articles and essays on key policy issues and is in demand as a speaker and by the media for commentary