Plenary Speaker
The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch

Former Clerk of the Privy Council

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch; P.C., O.C., PH.D, LL.D earned his BA from Mount Allison University, his Masters in Economics from the University of Manchester and a doctorate in Economics from McMaster University. Dr. Lynch also holds honorary degrees from seven distinguished Canadian universities.
 
Dr. Lynch began his career in 1976 as an economist with the Bank of Canada. Through a storied career, Dr. Lynch served as Deputy Minister of Industry from 1995 to 2000 and then Deputy Minister of Finance from 2000 to 2004.  He then served as Executive Director, the International Monetary Fund, until, in early 2006, he was appointed the 20th Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service of Canada.
 
In July 2009, after a long and distinguished career, Dr. Lynch retired from the Government of Canada.
 
In early 2010, Dr. Lynch was appointed Vice Chair of the BMO Financial Group.
 
He currently serves on several boards, including those of the Gairdner Foundation, the Perimeter Institute, the University of Waterloo, U.K. Ditchley, Chair of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, the Learning Partnership, the Shannon School of Business, and the Accounting Standards Oversight Council.
 
The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch was made a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 2009, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from McMaster University and was recipient of the Queen’s Golden
Jubilee Medal.