Steering Committee to assist in implementing a national strategy on financial literacy
July 30, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Canada’s Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson and Canada’s first Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney today announced the members of the newly formed National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy. The 15 committee members were announced at an event held at the Central YMCA in Toronto.
Committee members were selected from over 100 applicants, representing a broad range of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors across Canada. They will provide leadership and promote participation in financial literacy initiatives within the sectors they represent, and help to ensure an effective and collaborative approach is used in implementing a national strategy for financial literacy.
- Committee members were selected from an open, online application process, with applications received from individuals, as well as from public, private and non-profit organizations across Canada.
- More than 100 applications were received.
- Members of the Committee were selected considering their roles, experience and achievements.
- Preference was given to candidates who had financial education experience in working with important groups such as seniors, Aboriginal Canadians, newcomers, youth and low-income Canadians.
- Members are given a two year term at which point a new committee will be selected with the opportunity for reappointment of former members.
- Members’ responsibilities will include:
- providing advice and insight on issues related to financial literacy to the Financial Literacy Leader
- acting as champions by promoting a national strategy to stakeholders and encouraging participation in its development
- facilitating coordination and collaboration to initiate financial literacy programs and activities that align with the national strategy’s goals and priorities, and securing commitments from organizations within their sectors
- participating actively by implementing projects or activities within their organizations that contribute to the goals of the national strategy, and
- monitoring progress and reporting to the Leader on the progress of their respective sectors in moving the national strategy forward.
Members of Canada’s National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy
- Camille Beaudoin, Autorité des marchés financiers
- Leslie Byrnes, Canadian Life & Health Insurance Association
- Laurie Campbell, Credit Canada Debt Solutions
- Terry Campbell, Canadian Bankers Association
- Shelley Clayton, University of New Brunswick Financial Aid Office
- Mary Condon, Ontario Securities Commission
- Pat Foran, CTV News
- Suzanne Gendron, Mouvement Desjardins
- Terry Goodtrack, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada
- Kelley Keehn, Financial author
- Cary List, Financial Planning Standards Council
- Elizabeth Mulholland, Prosper Canada
- Andrew Nicholson, Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick
- Gary Rabbior, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education
- Cairine Wilson, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
For more information on the Committee members, read their biographies.
“We know that when Canadians have the right financial knowledge, they can make wise financial decisions, strengthening our entire economy. That’s why the Harper Government is committed to strengthening the financial literacy of Canadians and the members selected for the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy reflect the wide spectrum of experience and expertise needed to accomplish that goal.”
—Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance)
“I look forward to working closely with the committee members to develop and implement the national strategy for financial literacy. My role to collaborate and coordinate financial literacy initiatives is greatly enhanced by the leadership and dedication to financial education demonstrated by the committee members.”
—Jane Rooney, Financial Literacy Leader
Office of the Minister of State (Finance)
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