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Michael Bloom

Michael Bloom Michael Bloom
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy

Michael Bloom is the Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy at The Conference Board of Canada. Michael is responsible for managing seven research groups: Education, Skills and Immigration; Business Innovation; Industry and Business Strategy; Organizational Excellence; Governance, Compliance and Risk; Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations; and the Saskatchewan Institute. He oversees funded research projects and executive networks at the Conference Board, and has management responsibility for nineteen executive networks.

Corporately, Michael is executive lead for the Centre on Skills and Post-Secondary Education, a major five-year initiative which is developing a Skills and PSE Strategy for Canada, based on a program of 52 research projects, and creating pathways tools for learners to navigate through education and training to jobs and careers across Canada.

He also leads the Centre for Business Innovation, whose goal is to improve firm-level business innovation in Canada as a cornerstone of improved national competitiveness and prosperity; the National Immigration Centre, which is developing a National Immigration Action Plan for Canada; and the Centre for Food in Canada, for which he authored the Canadian Food Strategy, released in 2014, and directed development of the Annual Report Card on Food in Canada—Performance and Potential.

Recent major research projects under his direction and studies authored by him include: From Opportunity to Achievement: Canadian Food Strategy (2014); Governing Food: Policies, Laws and Regulations for Food in Canada (2011); Saskatchewan in the Spotlight: Acquisition of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.—Risks and Opportunities (2010); Navigating Through the Storm: Leaders and the World of Work in 2020 (2010); Building From the Ground Up: Enhancing Affordable Housing in Canada (2010); Healthy People, Healthy Performance, Healthy Profits: The Case for Business Action on the Socio-Economic Determinants of Health (2009); Turning Green Into Gold: Green Marketing for Profit (2009); Learning and Development Outlook 2009 (2009); “Hollowing Out”: Myth and Reality: Corporate Takeovers in an Age of Transformation (2008). 

Michael speaks on post-secondary education; innovation; industry and business strategy; credentialing; skills; immigration; food policy; human capital; work and workplaces; and international benchmarks.

Dr. Bloom is a graduate of the University of Oxford (DPhil) and Carleton University (BA, MA).