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David Stewart-Patterson - The Conference Board of Canada. Ottawa, ON, CA

David Stewart-Patterson

Vice-President, Public Policy | The Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

No dragon in this den! Combining policy analysis & advocacy, the CBoC's VP of Public Policy enthusiastically supports young entrepreneurs





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David Stewart-Patterson is respected as one of Canada’s most creative and articulate policy minds. He joins the Conference Board of Canada after 15 years at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the past seven as its Executive Vice President, where he engaged in policy development and advocacy across a broad range of national and international issues.

A graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism, David has written three books and worked as a reporter, editor and senior manager in print and broadcast media, with positions including Parliamentary correspondent for The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business and business anchor for CTV’s Canada AM.

A bilingual native of Montreal, David is a passionate volunteer, currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, which last year provided experienced mentors and no-collateral financing that enabled young Canadians to launch 600 new businesses. He also is a director of The Prince’s Youth Business International, the U.K.-based global network of charities supporting young entrepreneurs.

Industry Expertise (10)

Media - Broadcast

Think Tanks

Corporate Leadership

International Trade and Development

Media - Print

Writing and Editing

Management Consulting


Information Services

Public Policy

Areas of Expertise (1)

Public Policy

Accomplishments (3)

Vice Chairman – Canadian Youth Business Foundation (personal)

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the ‘go to’ place for youth entrepreneurship. As a national organization, we are dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-34, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business.

Representative Director, Board of Trustees – The Prince's Youth Business International (personal)

Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of independent non-profit initiatives helping young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. HRH The Prince of Wales is the President. YBI members assist under-served young entrepreneurs with a combination of training, access to capital, mentoring and other business development services.

Vice-President, Public Policy – The Conference Board of Canada (professional)

The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) is the foremost independent, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. Since 1954, the Board has been committed to researching innovative practices, designing new strategies and providing our members with the most up-to-date information, analysis and expertise to help them excel in Canada and around the world. The CBoC builds leadership capacity by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy and organizational performance.

Education (1)

Carleton University: Bachelor of Arts, Journalism 1981

Event Appearances (5)

The Impact Of An Aging Society

Pension Summit West 2012  Calgary, Alberta



Canadian International Council Victoria Branch Speaker Series  Victoria, British Columbia



Canada’s North and Beyond 2011  Edmonton, Alberta


Financing North American Business Innovation

The Canada – U.S. Partnership: Enhancing the Innovation Ecosystem  Ottawa, Ontario


Pensions Now and in the Future—The Economy, Investment, and Society

Pension Summit 2012: De-Risking for Long-Term Success  Toronto, Ontario


Sample Talks (1)

Financing North American Business Innovation

Relative to the U.S., Canada lacks robust venture and angel capital market. Are there lessons from the United States that Canada can take to further develop its own domestic venture capital market? How can Canadian start-ups get on the map with venture capital in the U.S.? These questions, and more, will be addressed during the course of this workshop.


  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


*Will consider certain engagements for no fee