Founder of The Jr. Economic Club of Canada, President & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada
Rhiannon founded The Jr. Economic Club of Canada to inspire Canadian youth to become financially literate. The program A Day on Bay was launched in the fall of 2011, followed by the launch of Bay Street Boot Camp in 2012 and to date has accepted over 10,000 students from across the province of Ontario and granted over $60,000.00 in academic scholarships. Rhiannon has successfully developed three financial literacy tool kits to aid educators in teaching important financial skills to high school students. The Jr. EC toolkit “Your Money, Your Wellness, has now been successfully delivered in over 75% of the classrooms in Ontario. In September 2014, Mrs. Traill launched Jr. ECTV, a television program that provides a platform for young Canadians to talk about important issues. Mrs. Traill serves as the show’s host, writer and community producer. The program airs once a week and has included such high profiles guests as The Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minster of Finance, Craig Alexander, Former Chief Economist of TD Bank & The Right Honourable John Turner, Former Prime Minister of Canada . The Jr. Economic Club have been nationally recognized by Canada’s Late Minister of Finance, The Honourable Jim Flaherty. Rhiannon has appeared numerous times on BNN and CTV News to speak about the success of the program and the importance of financial literacy.
Rhiannon is also the President & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada. Each year, more than 100 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. In past years, guests have included such high-profile figures as Senator John McCain; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine; Francois Hollande, President of France, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California. Mrs. Traill has successfully expanded Economic Club operations across Canada, making it the only National Public Policy Platform in Canada. The club now successfully stages events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Moncton.
In 2013 Rhiannon was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Women’s Executive Network in the Telus Future Leaders category. In 2015 Rhiannon was once again named one of The Top 100, in the Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters category. She is also on the Toronto committee for Canadian Blood Services Campaign for All Canadians which is a charity working to set up a National Public Umbilical Cord Blood Bank in Canada. In 2014 and 2015, Rhiannon was elected to Ryerson University's Board of Governors where she is responsible for the governance of the university; control of its property and revenues and the conduct of its business and affairs. She is also a musician, golfer, runner and a Ryerson University graduate. She currently resides in Markham with her husband Eric and her sons Luke and Bennett.