Conference Board of Canada

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Conference Board of Canada
Conference Board of Canada logo.gif
Abbreviation CBoC
Motto Insights You Can Count On
Formation 1954
Type Political and economic think tanks based in Canada
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Region served
Official language
English, French
Daniel F. Muzyka

The Conference Board of Canada is a Canadian not-for-profit think tank dedicated to researching and analyzing economic trends, as well as organizational performance and public policy issues.

Describing itself as "objective" and "non-partisan", the Conference Board of Canada claims not to lobby for special interests. It is funded through fees charged for services delivered to the private and public sectors alike. The organization conducts, publishes and disseminates research on various topics of interest to its members. It publishes research reports, conducts meetings, holds conferences and provides on-line information services, which aim to develop individual leadership skills and organizational capacity.

The Conference Board of Canada was established in 1954 as a division of the American National Industrial Conference Board, now simply known as The Conference Board. The Conference Board of Canada acquired a separate legal identity in 1981, and currently has over 200 employees, mostly based out of its main office in Ottawa.[1] It is currently registered as a Canadian charitable organization, and also maintains offices in Toronto and Calgary. along with a representative in Montreal.

Daniel F. Muzyka is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada.[2] Craig Alexander is the current Chief Economist.


  • e-Library: Research reports, webinars and conference proceedings available to subscribers.
  • e-Data: Data underlying the Conference Board's economic forecasts. U.S., Canadian, Provincial, Territorial, 28 Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas, and 16 Canadian Industries.
  • Conferences: Conferences, seminars and workshops on various themes related to Conference Board research.
  • Networks: Executive networks, councils, centres and working groups on various topics.
  • Leadership development: Programs and courses delivered through Conference Board affiliate, the Niagara Institute.
  • Custom Research
  • Multi-Year Initiatives: Centre for Food in Canada, How Canada Performs, Centre for the North, Centre for Business Innovation, Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, Saskatchewan Institute, CIBC Scholar-in-Residence.

Past Presidents[edit]

Honorary Associate Award[edit]

The Honorary Associate Award is The Conference Board of Canada’s highest Award and is conferred upon individuals who have served both their organization and their country with distinction during their working career. This office, the term of which is life, is the only honour conferred by The Conference Board of Canada. Honorary Associates become voting members of the corporation. The Award is given on the occasion of the Conference Board’s Annual Meeting.


Selected publications[edit]

  • 2012 Survey Findings: The State of Firm-Level Innovation in Canada (2013)
  • Improving Food Safety in Canada: Toward a More Risk-Responsive System (2012)
  • Ontario's Economic and Fiscal Prospects: Challenging Times Ahead (2012)
  • Women in Senior Management: Where Are They? (2011)
  • 21st Century Cities in Canada: The Geography of Innovation (2009)
  • Healthy People, Healthy Performance, Healthy Profits: The Case for Business Action on the Socio-Economic Determinants of Health (2008)
  • The International Forum on the Creative Economy (2008)
  • Red Tape, Red Flags: Regulation for the Innovation Age (2007)
  • How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada (2007)
  • Mission Possible: Sustainable Prosperity for Canada (2007)
  • Canada by Picasso: The Faces of Federalism (2006)


  • Compensation Planning Outlook
  • Benefits Outlook
  • HR Trends and Metrics
  • Industrial Relations Outlook
  • Canadian Directorship Practices
  • Learning and Development Outlook
  • Canadian Economic Outlook
  • Provincial Economic Outlook
  • Metropolitan Economic Outlook
  • U.S. Outlook
  • World Outlook
  • Index of Consumer Confidence
  • Index of Business Confidence

Plagiarism Controversy[edit]

In May 2009, The Conference Board of Canada was criticised over its claim to be objective and non-partisan. It released a report related to copyright regulations in Canada, which plagiarised papers published by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (the primary movie, music, and software lobby in the US).[3][4] The Conference Board responded, standing by its report,[5] which drew further criticism, claiming they ignored a commissioned report, for partisan reasons.[6][7] The Conference Board recalled the reports after conducting an internal review, which determined that there was undue reliance on feedback from a funder of the report.[8] The Conference Board hosted a roundtable discussion on intellectual property in September 2009 and published a new report, Intellectual Property in the 21st Century, in February 2010.

Racism Controversy[edit]

In November 2016, a recording surfaced of Michael Bloom, the Vice-President of The Conference Board, which contained a number of racist statements. The statements targeted indigenous peoples, people of Caribbean, Asian, and middle-eastern descent. The statements were made in the presence of an employee that is of indigenous heritage. Upon learning of the racially prejudiced statements, The Conference Board of Canada placed the Vice-President on immediate leave of absence and initiated an internal investigation.[9]

Shortly after the recording was made public, it was further revealed that a former employee commenced legal action against The Conference Board of Canada. This employee had worked under Michael Bloom and alleged a “toxic work environment.” The former employee was also of indigenous heritage. A lawsuit was filed in Ontario and sought $175,000 in damages. [10]


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