Canada’s Economy & COVID-19


March 1, 2021

This episode of The Global Exchange features two presentation from our Annual State of Trade Conference held virtually on February 9th, 2021. Stephen Tapp presents on the latest economic trends of the past year, and Deputy Minister John Hannaford outlined what role the government of Canada is taking to facilitate trade in the COVID era.

This podcast is made possible with the support of the Business Council of Canada, Earnscliffe Strategy Group, and Export Development Canada.

Participant Biographies:

  • Stephen Tapp: As the Deputy Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Research and Analysis Department at Export Development Canada, Stephen Tapp helps oversee EDC’s forecast and survey of Canadian exporters, briefs senior management on global trade developments, and helps guide corporate strategy. Before joining EDC, Stephen was a Research Director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. His research was awarded the Doug Purvis prize for Canadian economic policy and has been published in academic journals, such as the Canadian Journal of Economics and Canadian Public Policy.
  • John Hannaford: On December 7, 2018, the Prime Minister appointed Mr. Hannaford as Deputy Minister of International Trade at Global Affairs Canada. Prior to taking this position, Mr. Hannaford was the foreign and defence policy adviser to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister in the Privy Council Office. Mr. Before serving in the Privy Council Office, Mr. Hannaford extensively served in the foreign service. In addition to his work as a public servant, Mr. Hannaford has been an adjunct professor in both the Faculty of Law and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.

Host biography:

  • Colin Robertson is a former diplomat, and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

What Mr. Tapp and Deputy Minister Hannaford are reading:

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