Brenda Lafleur is currently the program director of the Conference Board's annual flagship product, How Canada Performs, which is a multi-year research program designed to help leaders identify relative strengths and weaknesses in Canada's socio-economic performance.
Dr. Lafleur was also the program director of the previous flagship publication, Performance and Potential, in which she developed and authored the chapter of benchmarking Canada's socio-economic performance, as well as other economic and policy chapters. Dr. Lafleur has been involved in several international projects, including a current capacity building project in Ukraine on municipal economic development. Selected research in the public policy area includes a major study on the individual and social costs of dropping out of high school, studies on the costs of low literacy to individuals and businesses, and recent reports on Canadian and global income inequality.
Dr. Lafleur began at the Conference Board doing economic modelling and forecasting. Before joining the Board, she worked at the federal Department of Finance and taught at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She holds a doctorate in Cultural Analysis, from the University of Amsterdam and a Master's Degree in economics from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.