Panel #3 Biographies

 Jean Boudreau, FEC, P.Eng.

Ms. Boudreau is the President of the Board of Engineers Canada, the national organization that represents the 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators that license the more than 300,000 members of the engineering profession. Engineers Canada is the only national voice for the engineering profession in Canada. 

A senior engineer and principal consultant at GEMTEC Limited, Ms. Boudreau has over thirty years’ experience in civil engineering, highway planning and design and civil construction projects with the largest portion of her work over the last twenty-five years comprised of highway and hydraulic structures design projects. She graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. 

Ms. Boudreau has been an active volunteer in a variety of community as well as professional organizations. As the Director for Engineers Canada from New Brunswick, she is a member of the executive for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB). She has served on the Board for GEMTEC Limited and for the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – New Brunswick (ACEC-NB) and has twice served on the board for the New Brunswick Research and Productivity Council. She has served on APEGNB Council (2009 – 2014) including a year as president and has been serving on various APEGNB committees since 1991. 

 Jayson Myers

Jayson Myers is the Chief Executive Officer of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, the not-for-profit corporation leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada that will leverage more than $500 million over the next three years in collaborative, industry-led projects aimed at building world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada. 

Myers is an award-winning business economist who specializes in industrial and technological change. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. In 2017 and 2018, he headed up the policy office for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He was the founding Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and Vice Chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the World Manufacturing Forum and a Board member of the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing and the Macdonald Laurier Institute. 

Myers has been widely recognized as one of the most influential policy advocates and champions for manufacturing in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers, as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world. As Principal of Jayson Myers Public Affairs, he helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from the changes that are reshaping industry and international business. 

Educated at Queen’s University, the University of British Columbia, London School of Economics, and Oxford University, he has held fellowships at Nuffield College, Oxford and the University of Warwick, also in the UK. 

 Fred McMahon

Fred McMahon is Dr. Michael A. Walker research chair in economic freedom at Fraser Institute in Canada. He manages the Economic Freedom of the World Network, an alliance of think tanks in nearly 100 nations and territories. The network produces the Economic Freedom of the World Report, an annual study that ranks nations on economic liberty. He is co-author of the Economic Freedom of the Arab World and the Economic Freedom of North America. He has worked on economic reform programs in more than a dozen nations and has authored several books and many articles on economic reform, both academic and in the popular media. His book, Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth, about damaging government intervention and spending, won the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award.