The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and CEO of the 192,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative business association.
Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Mr. Beatty was the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Mr. Beatty was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative in 1972. In 1979, he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board), at the time the youngest person ever to serve in a Canadian federal cabinet. He held six additional portfolios including National Revenue, Solicitor General, National Defence, Health and Welfare, Communications and Secretary of State for External Affairs.
Following the 1993 federal election, Mr. Beatty worked as a consultant in the field of communications and was an Honorary Visiting Professor with the University of Western Ontario. In 1995, Mr. Beatty was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a position he held until joining CME in August 1999.
Mr. Beatty is a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian International Council.