Mrs. Traill 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. Mrs. Traill 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. Mrs. Traill has appeared numerous times on BNN and CTV News to speak about the success of the program and the importance of financial literacy.
Rhiannon Traill 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.
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.