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