Goldy Hyder is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada.
Founded in 1976, the Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of the chief
executives and entrepreneurs of Canada’s leading companies. Members collectively employ 1.7
million Canadians across the country in every major industry.
From July 2014 to October 2018, Mr. Hyder was President and Chief Executive Officer of
Hill+Knowlton Strategies (Canada), providing strategic communications counsel to the firm’s
extensive and diverse client base. Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton in 2001, he served as Director
of Policy and Chief of Staff to The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and
former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party.
In addition to his achievements in business and public policy, Mr. Hyder has a long track record
of service on behalf of several charities and non-profit organizations. He is chair of the Asia
Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council, a board member of the
Business + Higher Education Roundtable, an executive committee member of the Century
Initiative and co-chair of Canada’s World Trade Organization Business Advisory Council. In
addition, he sits on the advisory boards of two leading organizations promoting advancement
of women leaders: Catalyst Canada and the 30% Club (Canada). Mr. Hyder is also a member of
the selection board for A Seat At The Table, an initiative to encourage greater representation of
people with disabilities on corporate boards. He is a past co-chair of the United Way of
Ottawa’s Campaign Cabinet.
Mr. Hyder is a regular commentator in the Canadian media on business, politics and leadership.
He is also the host of the “Speaking of Business” podcast, which features interviews with
Canadian innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders. In 2013, he received the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada. He holds a Master of Arts
in Public Policy from the University of Calgary.
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