Catherine Swift - Chair, President & CEO, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
How the Federal and Provincial budgets impact small business in Ontario
Catherine Swift has been with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business since September 1987, initially as Chief Economist. She became Chairwoman in June 1999 after being named Chief Executive Officer in July, 1997 and President in May of 1995. Ms. Swift is a CFIB Board Governor and Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Board. Her various responsibilities include coordinating policy issues at federal, provincial and municipal levels of government and representing CFIB with politicians, government, business and other groups.
She studied at the University of Toronto and Carleton University in Ottawa, obtaining a BA (Honors) in Economics in 1977 and an MA in Economics in 1980.
She has published numerous articles in journals, magazines and other media on such small business issues as free trade, finance, entrepreneurship and women small business owners.