Keynote Speaker - Janice MacKinnon


Janice MacKinnonJanice MacKinnon was Canada’s first female Finance Minister, serving as Finance Minister in the government of Roy Romanow from l993 to l997 during the deficit/debt crisis. During her tenure, Saskatchewan became the first government in Canada to balance its budget in the l990s. During her ten years in politics, from 1991 to 2001, she held other portfolios, including: Minister of Social Services, Minister of Economic and Co-operative Development, Minister Responsible for Trade, Research and Investment and Government House Leader.

She has also served on various boards, including the Saskatoon Co-op, and is currently on the board of International Road Dynamics, a Toronto Stock Exchange company, which designs and markets high technology transportation systems. Also she is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

She is currently a professor of public policy at the University of Saskatchewan and is a frequent contributor to public policy debates at the national level. She has authored three books: one on political culture published by Harvard University Press, a second on women refugees. Her latest book, Minding the Public Purse: The Fiscal Crisis, Political Trade-offs and Canada’s Future, which was released in 2003, is about the fiscal crisis and includes an assessment of Paul Martin and a discussion of the future of health care in Canada.


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