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Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity Launch Event: "The Canadian Cluster Handbook"

7:30-7:59am registration check-in and breakfast; 8:00am sharp to 8:59am presentation, discussion and Q&A; 9:00am adjournment

Event Details

Panel Discussion | Research Discussions

Date: Wednesday April 17, 2019 | 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Speaker(s): Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity
Marcy Burchfield, Vice President, Economic Blueprint Institute, Toronto Region Board of Trade
John Kelleher, Partner and in-house CEO/CXO, McKinsey & Company; Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Other panelists TBC
Topic: Practical guidance for the development of clusters in Ontario and across Canada
Venue: Classroom LL1030 (Lower Level, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: Free to attend. Registration is required by 4:00pm on April 16. Space is limited.
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Synopsis: Join the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity at the launch of its upcoming Working Paper, The Canadian Cluster Handbook, which draws on global cluster development practices. The Institute releases this Working Paper following the pre-eminent global conference on clusters, which the Institute hosted in October 2018.

Who should attend? Policymakers, cluster managers, engaged citizens, business leaders, public servants, academics, students, labour economists, and the like who would benefit from a discussion on examining clusters.


  • 7:30 am - Registration and breakfast
  • 8:00 am sharp - Welcome and overview of Handbook
  • 8:10 am - Panel Discussion
  • 8:45 am - Q&A
  • 9:00 am - Adjournment

Panelist Bios

Marcy Burchfield is the Vice President of the Economic Blueprint Institute at the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Marcy has worked at the forefront of regional planning for almost two decades, informing provincial policies including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan and the Regional Transportation Plan, the Big Move. Marcy has used her quantitative, spatial analysis expertise to develop methods for measuring and monitoring how city-regions change over time. During her 17 years at the Neptis Foundation, a Canadian think-tank, Marcy’s expertise culminated in the conceptualization and build-out of the Neptis Geoweb, a web-based mapping and information platform that helps the public understand the forces shaping growth and change in the Toronto region. Marcy has contributed to numerous publications that examine patterns of change in urban regions, including the peer-reviewed Quarterly Journal of Economics. She is frequently invited to speak and provide opinion and analysis on provincial planning matters at professional forums and in media. Marcy volunteers her time on advisory councils and governance boards, most recently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Urban Institute, the Greenbelt Council, and the Toronto Island Residential Community Trust.

John Kelleher is a Partner and in-house CEO/CXO at McKinsey & Company and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Mr. Kelleher is a leader of McKinsey’s Private Equity Special Operations Group that focuses on providing elite leadership talent to drive large-scale turnarounds. Mr. Kelleher is an experienced CEO and private equity investor. Most recently, he was a senior deal and operating executive for Brookfield Asset Management (NYSE), a $280 billion global asset manager. He has led companies extensively as a CEO/PE partner across a wide range of industries including retailing, manufacturing, technology, industrials, and services. His key skill is combining his experience as an investor with his ability to execute as a CEO and Executive. Prior to Brookfield, he spent six years leading two private-equity owned companies as President & CEO. Earlier, Mr. Kelleher was a co-founder, partner, and investor at ReichmannHauer Capital Partners. Previously, he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Mr. Kelleher is also the co-chair of NEXT Canada, Canada’s leading program for entrepreneurial development, and a Director of the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation. He has served extensively in the past as a director on for-profit and non-profit boards. John’s writing on corporate governance, corporate finance, and technology has been published in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, McKinsey Quarterly, and Director, among other publications. He holds an Honors BA in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business where he graduated as Gold Medalist; an MA in public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction.


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