Rhiannon is the president, CEO and owner of The Economic Club of Canada, founder of The Jr. Economic Club of Canada and CEO & co-founder of The Global Institute for Conscious Economics (GICE). Rhiannon is redefining what it means to be a corporate leader in this country. She is passionate about highlighting the most important issues our nation is grappling with – from Truth & Reconciliation to racism & exclusion on Bay Street, Rhiannon is challenging corporate Canada to see its role in creating a more prosperous and equal future for everyone. Rhiannon has hosted countless thought leaders and changemakers at the Economic Club of Canada through the years including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Former First Lady Michelle Obama and human rights advocate, Amal Clooney. A go-to for Bay Street, tech, healthcare, domestic and international political leaders, The Economic Club is a public policy platform for the 21st century, where the leaders of today and tomorrow connect.
After graduating from Ryerson University, Rhiannon joined The Economic Club of Canada in 2008 and became owner, President and CEO in 2011 at just 26 years old. Rhiannon has been acknowledged as one of the most accomplished influencers in Canada. She has been named one of Canada’s Change Agents by Canadian Business Magazine, one of WXN Canada’s TOP 100 Most Powerful Women in Business thee times and became the youngest ever WXN “Hall of Fame” award winner in the fall of 2018.
Rhiannon has been a tireless advocate for youth, developing seven national programs under the Jr. Economic Club banner that have impacted over 50,000 young Canadian’s and provided over $150,000 in academic scholarships. Rhiannon may mingle and do business with the C-suite crowd, but she definitely shouldn’t be confused with the establishment. Inspired by her own lived experience with child poverty as the daughter of a single mother, Rhiannon has become a warrior for women and youth facing barriers.
Rhiannon is the proud mother of two young boys, Luke and Bennett and enjoys exploring Toronto with them in her spare time.
Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Business (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Change Agents, Canadian Business Magazine (2016)
Bay Street’s “Power 50,” Bay Street Bull Magazine (2018)
Q&A with Rhiannon
Where did your passion for entrepreneurialism come from?I started my first business with my best friend when I was 10 years old. It was a dog training/walkingbusiness in my neighbourhood and we ended upbeing quite successful. I think that was when I caught the bug.
Best advice you have ever received?
You don't have to be the smartest person in the room or the most experienced, you just have to be the most prepared.
What is one of your favourite books of all time?
In the skin of a lion by Michael Ondaatje
What is the trait you most admire in others?
What excites you the most about the future of The Economic Club of Canada?
Everything! I love my job and I love the amazing team that I work with. Everyday is a new adventure.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being a mother to my two beautiful sons.
Favourite movie of all time?
Advice for someone starting their own business?
Don't let fear of failure get in your way. If you're going to be successful in life, you have to go all in.
Living person you would most want to have a coffee with?
What is at the top of your bucket list?
Brewing my own beer and renting a red convertible and driving up the California coast
Best concert you’ve been to?
I just saw Metric play at the Danforth Music Hall for the release of their latest album and it was hands down one of the best shows I've ever seen.
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Having a lazy morning in bed with lots of snuggles from my husband and kids. Going for a nice run outside in the sun and ending it off with a yummy family dinner, glass of wine and some good music.