How women dominate the country’s most powerful advisory council — the one that pulls Canada’s economic strings

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With its stone chimneys and wooden verandas in the Queen Anne Revival style, the house that Thomas Willson, the Ontario inventor and industrialist, built on 
a cliff overlooking Meech Lake north of Ottawa a century ago is a grand, rustic 
summer estate. In the middle of May, the house, now federally owned, welcomed 
a gathering worthy of its grandeur. Cabinet ministers included Bill Morneau, 
finance; Amarjeet Sohi, infrastructure; MaryAnn Mihychuk, employment; 
Navdeep Bains, innovation; and Chrystia Freeland, international trade.

The ministers came to meet Morneau’s economic advisers, a group that includes two PhDs in chemistry, two venture-capital gurus based in Silicon Valley, the chief economist of the World Economic Forum, and a consultant from a First Nation on the north tip of Vancouver Island known for success in aboriginal economic development. Oh, and it just so happens that everyone on that list is a woman.

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