Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia
Jock Finlayson is Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the Business Council of British Columbia, an organization representing 260 large and mid-size BC companies and affiliated industry associations that together account for approximately one-quarter of all jobs in the province. He directs the Business Council’s work on economic, fiscal, tax, environmental, regulatory and human capital issues of interest to the province’s business community. He manages the Council’s policy and research staff and oversees the organization’s publications, presentations and other outputs. Mr. Finlayson previously served as Vice President of Research at Canadian Council of Chief Executives (since renamed the Business Council of Canada), a leading national business association in Ottawa. Prior to that, he worked in the market research field and gained experience at two Canadian consulting firms.
Mr. Finlayson holds a master’s degree in business from Yale University, undergraduate and M.A. degrees from UBC, and a post-graduate diploma in economics from the University of London. He received an honorary doctorate of laws from Royal Roads University in 2014. He is the author/co-author of two books and more than 60 published articles, book chapters and monographs. A frequent commentator on economic, business, and public policy issues, Mr. Finlayson writes regularly for the Vancouver Sun, Troy Media, and Business in Vancouver. For several years he was a regular business panelist on CBC Radio’s “Early Edition” program.
From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Finlayson was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada, where he chaired the Corporate Governance Committee and the Fellowship Nomination Committee and also sat on the Board’s Human Resources Committee and Pension Committee. He previously served on the National Statistics Council, the principal advisory body to the Chief Statistician of Canada. He currently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, Genome BC, and Canada’s Digital Supercluster. He is also a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council. Since 2014, Mr. Finlayson has been part of the Nominating Committee for the B.C. Business Laureates Hall of Fame.
Mr. Finlayson is a Fellow of Royal Roads University. He is a past president of both the Association of Professional Economists of BC and the Ottawa Economics Association. He resides in West Vancouver with his wife Marlene.
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