About CCCE

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization composed of the CEOs of Canada’s leading enterprises. We engage in an active program of public policy research, consultation and advocacy. The CCCE is a source of thoughtful, informed comment from a business point of view on issues of national importance to the economic and social fabric of Canada.

The Council has an outstanding record of achievement in matching entrepreneurial initiative with sound public policy choices. Over the past three decades, the Council has played a private sector leadership role in shaping fiscal, taxation, trade, competition, energy, environmental, education and corporate governance policies. We have been ground breakers in advancing Canada’s competitiveness agenda and our work encompasses North American and global issues. We have been referred to as the world’s most effective CEO-based organization dedicated to public policy development and solutions.

Our member CEOs and entrepreneurs represent all sectors of the Canadian economy. The companies they lead collectively administer C$6 trillion in assets, have annual revenues in excess of C$850 billion, employ 1.5 million Canadians and are responsible for the vast majority of Canada’s exports, investment, research and development, and training. For a list of our members, click here.

Operations and Priorities

The principal source of the Council’s strength flows from the personal commitment and engagement of individual chief executives. This has made the Council a leader in developing and rallying support for new ideas and has allowed the Council to react quickly and effectively to changing circumstances.

The Council has been recognized for its ability to forge consensus on complex issues. This is primarily because emphasis is placed on achieving the best outcome for Canadian workers and enterprises, and for the country as a whole. Advocacy of individual company or sectoral concerns is not within the Council’s mandate.

The Board of Directors, a 24-member body which meets three times annually, provides governance and the overall direction for the Council. The process of developing policy, however, involves all members of the Council.

The full membership meets three times per year to discuss priority issues and review progress on the Council’s work programme. Members also engage directly in policy work throughout the year. (For more information about the Council’s work on various policy issues, click here.)

In addition, the Council creates special initiatives and temporary task forces to deal with specific priority issues. Members also participate in a variety of special events, roundtables and other initiatives relevant to the Council’s mandate.

Day-to-day leadership of the Council is provided by the President and Chief Executive Officer, working in concert with the Council’s Chairman and with the Board of Directors. The current Chairman is Paul Desmarais Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation of Canada.

The Council’s President and Chief Executive Officer is The Honourable John P. Manley. He is the Council’s chief of policy and strategy. An Ottawa-based staff reports to the President and CEO, provides policy research and supports the Council’s committees and initiatives.