Executive Director, CCCA
Niloo Boroun was appointed as the Executive Director at Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) in February 2020. CCCA unites 14 of Canada’s largest municipal regions to build a sustainable and globally competitive national economy built upon the collective strength of each member's ecosystem.
Ms. Boroun is also the Principal and Founder of the Toronto based LCG consulting. In this role, Ms. Boroun has undertaken project work for a wide range of clients across Canada and international markets such as Asia, North and South America and designs, implements and mobilizes international delegation strategies- focused in the tech sector. Among her years of work in both the public and private sector, she notably has held roles in the Office of the Premier (Ontario) as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier, with a focus on economic development, innovation, international trade, working on files such as CP-TPP & renegotiation of NAFTA (now USMCA); along with immigration more specially on the settlement of recent Syrian refugees in Ontario. She has also served as policy advisor to Minister of Research, Innovation & Science, amongst other notable portfolios.
Prior to joining Premier’s office, she was the Acting Director of Investment Services & Global Markets at Toronto Global (formally Invest Toronto), Toronto’s foreign direct investment marketing and sales corporation. As the company responsible for attracting inbound foreign direct investment into the City of Toronto, the investment services team works closely with business and stakeholders to access the markets, talent and business resources of Canada's largest city.
President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg
Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) is the lead economic development agency for Winnipeg, encompassing EDW, YES! Winnipeg and Tourism Winnipeg. Dayna directs all aspects of the corporation’s activities. She provides leadership and strategic direction, collaborates with key stakeholders and is a driving force behind making Winnipeg a compelling choice for business and tourism. She also participates on the board of directors for Winpak Ltd. (a Winnipeg-based plastic-packaging pioneer), and previously served on the board of Manitoba Hydro (a provincial Crown corporation).
As the former chief strategy officer and general counsel of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), Dayna was charged with leading a group of senior-level employees, financial advisors and lawyers in preparing the federally controlled entity for privatization. Dayna’s supplemental responsibilities during her 10- year tenure at the CWB also involved facilitating government and stakeholder relations during a period of intense public scrutiny and debate. As well, Dayna spearheaded all marketing and communications efforts at the CWB and served as its corporate secretary.
In addition to Dayna’s extensive professional experience, which includes five years as an associate at Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP in the early 2000s, she is a passionate Winnipegger with a drive to volunteer. Currently the Chair of the Winnipeg Football Club’s board of directors and the first-ever woman to serve on the Canadian Football League’s board of governors, she previously led the team that brought the Gold Medal Plates competition to Winnipeg.
Dayna earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. Earlier, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours) from the same institution, majoring in political science. In 2015, Dayna participated in the Directors Education Program within the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, obtaining the ICD.D designation.
President & CEO, Montréal International
Stéphane Paquet is the President and CEO of Montréal International. Since January 2020, he has been overseeing the agency tasked with attracting foreign direct investment, international organizations as well as international talent and students to Greater Montréal. When he joined Montréal International in 2016, Mr. Paquet took on the role of Vice President of Investment Greater Montréal and was supervising the team of professionals who support foreign companies’ projects in the region. In September 2017, his duties expanded with the additional mandate to attract and retain international organizations, leading to the creation of a new position – Vice President, Foreign Investments & International Organizations. Under his leadership, the value of foreign investment has more than doubled, from $1 billion to $2.47 billion. Before joining Montréal International, Stéphane Paquet was appointed Québec Delegate General in London for two years.
From 1991 to 2001, he worked as a reporter, copy editor and assignment editor for broadcasting company Radio-Canada. He then switched to print, working at first for the daily Le Soleil in Québec City and then La Presse in Montréal. While at La Presse, he was in charge of the newspaper’s Business section for two years and also coordinated the internship program for young journalists.
He was appointed Deputy Editor and Editor in Chief of Les Affaires Group in September 2010. As such, he was in charge of Les Affaires newspaper, A+ personal finance magazine and LesAffaires.com website in addition to actively participating in strategic discussions concerning the entire Group.
A recipient of a fellowship in the Young Leaders Program of the U.S. State Department, Stéphane Paquet has a Graduate Diploma in World Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Masters degree in Communications from Université du Québec à Montréal. Mr. Paquet was also a lecturer at Université de Montréal and the University of Regina. Mr. Paquet and his partner are fathers of two children.