The Empire Club of Canada
The Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria – Ontario Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
DATE: Thursday, November 19th, 2020
TIME: 1:00 PM Eastern TimeThe Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria - Ontario Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, in conversation with The Honourable Lisa Raitt Vice-Chair, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets More
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Businesses across Ontario continue to be negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with local, Main Street small businesses being the hardest hit.
Join us on Tuesday November 19 to hear directly from Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, who will speak to the current challenges facing small businesses in Ontario, and what the Provincial Government is doing to help them reopen safer, rehire faster, and rebuild stronger.
The Honourable Prabmeet Sakaria
Ontario Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
Prabmeet Sarkaria has the honour of representing his community as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South and serving the people of Ontario as the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.
Before answering the call to public service, Prabmeet worked as a corporate and commercial Associate at Miller Thomson LLP. He earned his law degree from the University of Windsor as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he majored in Finance. Prior to his legal career, he worked at TD Securities.
Passionate about community, Prabmeet is an active volunteer. He served on the City of Brampton’s Property Standards Committee as well as the Board of Directors for Hockey for Humanity and KarmaGrow. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys playing and watching hockey, basketball, baseball, and football. If you ever have the opportunity to visit his office, it will be impossible to forget who won the 2019 NBA Championship.
Prab entered public service in order to be a strong advocate for hardworking families in Brampton South and all across the province he loves—and is committed to giving voice to the concerns of the everyday people he is humbled to serve.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Vice-Chair, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets
The Honourable Lisa Raitt joined CIBC Capital Markets in January 2020, having previously worked in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Raitt’s current focus is on senior client coverage and business development with clients in the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors, which align closely with her deep expertise.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Raitt was the President and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority. She was elected into the House of Commons in 2008, where she went on to hold three senior portfolios serving as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour, and Minister of Transport. Most recently, Ms. Raitt was the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada.
Ms. Raitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Guelph. She possesses an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario bar in 1998. In 2020 Ms. Raitt was named a Woodrow Wilson Center Global Fellow of the Canada Institute.