What Motivates Our Office
We live in a disrupt or be disrupted world, and global competitive pressure demands that we address the challenges and opportunities of digitization and climate change with an unrelenting sense of urgency. To this end, our team is searching to identify and advance actionable and sustainable market-based solutions that deliver increasing social and economic benefits to Canadians in an inclusive manner. We believe that enormous social benefits flow when government positions itself as a catalyst that is enabling Canadians to build a more resilient economy.
How We Are Trying Help
Senator Deacon and his team are committed to finding solutions that challenge the status quo. Specifically, we are looking for ways in which Canada’s diverse and innovative communities can be empowered by building an inclusive culture of entrepreneurship. Among other issues, this demands that we:
- incentivize individuals and organizations to invest in Canadian businesses, as they form the future of our economy;
- create a culture that embraces competition to unlock Canadian innovation, productivity and prosperity;
- ensure that government harnesses the capacity of Canadian innovators when developing and implementing public policy;
- work together to steadily reduce our regulatory burden, but not its protections;
- strengthen relationships and bridge silos between entrepreneurial communities and government by utilizing the convening power of our office;
- work to position Canada as a leader in creating and implementing innovative and market-based solutions to climate change.
The Honourable Senator Colin Deacon
Senator Colin Deacon (he/him/il) was appointed to represent Nova Scotia in the Senate of Canada in June 2018. A lifelong entrepreneur, he passionately believes that we must build an inclusive economy if we want a more resilient economy. As a result, Senator Deacon believes that entrepreneurship is a tool to not just enable economic empowerment, but to create positive social change. Recently, he is most focused on harnessing the digital economy, improving Canada’s public and private sector competitiveness, and addressing climate change.
David Dlab, Parliamentary Affairs Advisor
David (he/him/il) is an accomplished finance professional with over eight years of experience in the private sector. Prior to joining Senator Deacon's office, he was in the Treasury of George Weston in Toronto, Finning International in Vancouver and ExxonMobil in Prague. His experience spans corporate development and strategy, M&A, liquidity management and credit analysis. He is passionate about finding market based solutions to the complex challenges facing Canadian society and the global economy. Speaks four languages and has lived in multiple cities both in Canada and around the globe.
David holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from UBC Sauder School of Business and a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Montreal.
Benedicta Arthur, Special Assistant
Benedicta (she/her/elle) is a dynamic professional with experience working in the international and nonprofit sphere. Prior to joining the Senate, she worked at the United Nations Office for Project Services in Geneva, Switzerland, TED Conferences in New York City and the American Red Cross in Michigan. She brings valuable experience in internal/external communications, office administration, research and stakeholder engagement.
Benedicta holds a BA in International Relations and Strategic Communication from Calvin University and a MA in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.
Gabrielle Torrealba, Research Support Assistant
Gabrielle (she/her/elle) a hard-working and professional student researcher in her 4th year of a BA in Law & Psychology at Carleton University. Having previously worked as a Senate Page for two years, Gabrielle brings a wealth of experience with Senate procedure, parliamentary affairs, and government protocol, in both official languages. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Gabrielle plans on attending law school and working in the field of human rights law.
Alfred Burgesson, Inclusive Canada Project Lead
Alfred (he/him/il) is a member of the Prime Minister's Youth Council and a Project Lead at the Centre for Employment Innovation. At the age of seven, Alfred and his family moved from Ghana to Canada to pursue a better quality of life. He is a community organizer and a social entrepreneur living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is passionate about youth issues, inclusion, equity and community well-being.