President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Mr. Beatty was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Mr. Beatty grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971.
Mr. Beatty was first elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative in 1972. During his 21 years in Parliament, he served as Minister in seven different portfolios, including Treasury Board, National Revenue, Solicitor General, Defence, National Health and Welfare, Communications and External Affairs.
In 1994, Mr. Beatty joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. From 1995 to 1999, he was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He is a former Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and has been awarded honorary degrees by UOIT and Western University.Back to speakers