Following months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario is gradually reopening and starting down the road of economic recovery. Join Canadian Club Toronto on September 17th when we host The Honourable Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade, to discuss the importance of supporting and promoting Ontario’s world-class manufacturing sector and getting people back to work. Minister Fedeli will be joined in conversation by Adrienne Batra (Toronto Sun).
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The Honourable Victor Fedeli
Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Victor Fedeli is a lifelong entrepreneur, successful business person, author, and philanthropist, serving in the Ontario government as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Chair of Cabinet.
His business experience led his firm Fedeli Corporation to be ranked 34th in the Top 50 Best Places to Work in Canada in 1989. It also served him well, when he was elected to two terms as Mayor of North Bay from 2003 to 2010. As Mayor, Vic focused on fiscal prudence and economic development, restoring hope and solvency to North Bay.
In 2011 Vic was elected to the Ontario Legislature, and is now serving his third term as MPP for Nipissing. In 2018 the PC Caucus unanimously elected him to serve as Interim Leader of the Official Opposition.
Vic served ten terms on the Board of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, served as Director with Global Vision, and has served on many agencies, boards, and commissions, often as Chair.
He is married to local humour writer Patty, and is always seen in one of his trademark yellow ties.
Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
Adrienne Batra was born and raised in Saskatchewan.
She has an undergraduate degree in political science and a Masters in Public Administration.
Ms. Batra worked at the Saskatchewan Legislature as a researcher with the opposition caucus office.
She then moved on to be the Manitoba Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada's largest taxpayer advocacy group.
In 2010, Ms. Batra was the Director of Communications for the Rob Ford for Mayor campaign, and moved on to serve in the Office of the Mayor as Ford's Press Secretary.
Upon leaving City Hall, she became the Comment Editor and columnist for the Toronto Sun and political commentator on Newstalk 1010.
Ms. Batra hosted her own TV show on Sun News Network, focussed on political, social and economic issues.
In June of 2015, Ms. Batra was appointed as the Editor in Chief of the Toronto Sun and 24Hours Toronto.
She has appeared on Fox Business News, CNN and BBC and is a frequent contributor on Global News and CTV News Channel, CBC, CP24 and AM640.
Ms. Batra also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant, and was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award. In 2013 she was awarded with a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and serves on the Board of Governors for the National Newspaper Awards and the Canadian Journalism Foundation and served on the Board of the Canadian Club Toronto.