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Post-Budget Breakfast 2024

April 17 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 am

Join the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal as we bring together business and community leaders for our annual Post-Budget Breakfast happening the morning after the federal budget is tabled. Don’t miss an engaging analysis of the budget and be informed on the country’s economic health and what it could mean for you, your business, and our city.


7:15 AM – Registration and Networking
7:40 AM – Breakfast
7:55 AM – Opening Remarks
8:00 AM – Federal Budget Overview
8:35 AM – Business Impact of the Federal Budget by Gavin Miranda, Regional Tax Leader, MNP
8:50 AM – Panel Discussion
9:15 AM – Closing Remarks

Hear insights from:

The Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

The Honourable Jenna Sudds was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Kanata-Carleton in 2021. She has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth.

Minister Sudds has worked as an economist, a municipal councillor, and a community advocate.

From 2018 to 2021, Minister Sudds served on the Ottawa City Council. During this time, she chaired the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee and held the role of Deputy Mayor starting in 2020. She also sat on the boards of Hydro Ottawa and Invest Ottawa. As city councillor, she worked to protect green spaces, improve local infrastructure and transit, and support the community’s economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before entering politics, Minister Sudds was the Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council, a national technology forum, and the President and Executive Director of the Kanata North Business Association. She also worked as a senior economist for the Government of Canada for over 10 years, focusing her expertise on the taxation of multi-national corporations and tax avoidance.

Minister Sudds has been an active member of her community for many years, volunteering with the Kanata Food Cupboard and Ottawa Network for Education. She has received a Special Recognition Award from the Kanata Food Cupboard for her leadership and service to those in need in the community. She received a 40 under 40 Award from the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce in 2015, and was named one of Development Counsellors International’s Top 40 under 40 working in economic development in 2017.

Minister Sudds holds a Bachelor in Economics from Brock University and a Master of Arts in Economics from Carleton University. She is a long-time resident of Ottawa, where she lives with her husband and their three daughters.

Heather ScoffieldSenior Vice President of Strategy,Business Council of Canada

Heather Scoffield is senior vice-president of strategy at the Business Council of Canada, focused on collaborating with business leaders and policymakers to find practical solutions to the economic challenges of our time: climate, competitiveness and the constantly changing workforce.

Previously, Heather was the Ottawa bureau chief and economics columnist at the Toronto Star where her writing focused on political economy and its effect on people. She was also the Ottawa bureau chief for The Canadian Press, leading an award-winning team of 15 journalists focused on politics, public policy and the nation’s capital.

Over the course of her 30-year career in journalism, she covered monetary and fiscal policy, economics, trade policy, social policy, aboriginal affairs, environment and energy, and several different political parties. Before joining CP in 2009, she spent 12 years at the Globe and Mail. She and her team won several National Newspaper Awards for their work, among other recognitions. Heather has a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a BA in international relations from York University. She lives in Gatineau, QC.

Gavin Miranda, Regional Tax Leader, MNP

Gavin is MNP’s Regional Tax Leader in the Eastern Ontario Region. Gavin has more than two decades of experience helping clients with their tax planning and compliance needs, developing innovative solutions to their tax challenges and helping them optimize their tax position.

Gavin works closely with clients in a variety of industries, including technology, real estate and construction, health care and manufacturing. He has extensive experience in estate planning, wills, mergers and acquisitions – including employee buyouts – and employee stock option plans. He is also experienced in helping his clients expand into international markets, while ensuring their tax structure is optimized from start-up to mature operations. Focusing on understanding his client’s needs ensures Gavin delivers the highest quality of services that exceed his clients’ expectations.

Gavin is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2001. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts (BA Honours) in 1998 and a Master of Accounting (MAcc) in taxation in 1999.

Huw Williams, President, Impact Public Affairs

Huw Williams is the President of Impact Public Affairs and specializes in government and media relations. With extensive experience in the print and broadcast media, he has appeared frequently as a corporate spokesperson on CBC and CTV national news. Mr. Williams’ government experience is diverse, having served as Acting Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; as a Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of Constitutional Affairs; and as a Legislative Assistant to the Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly. He also served as an intern to a United States Congressman from the Sixth District of Indiana. Mr. Williams authored “A Government Relations Guide For Directors of Non-Profit Organizations” published by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). He also served on the board of directors for the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC). In 2010, Williams was named worldwide Public Affairs Professional of the Year finalist by PRNews Magazine. Williams’ other accolades include the CSAE Griner Award for outstanding “Business Excellence”, one of The Hill Times’ Top 100 lobbyists in Canada, and the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal’s “Forty under 40 Award” for professional success and community involvement. Mr. Williams holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Calgary. He has also completed studies at the Université de Tours in France and is bilingual.

More speakers to be announced soon!


The Post Budget Breakfast is held annually following the tabling of the Federal Budget. This breakfast presents an opportunity for attendees to hear commentary on the latest budget from a variety of pundits both in the political and private sector. 

Event Sponsors

Impact Public Affairs Corporation
Algonquin College
OakWood Designers & Builders
Casino Lac Leamy


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