President and CEO
Canadian Steel Producers Association
President and CEO
Catherine Cobden is the President & CEO of the Canadian Steel Producers Association representing Canada’s primary steel and pipe and tube industry. CSPA member companies produce 13 million tonnes of steel, pipe and tube products and support over 123,000 jobs in Canada. Since joining the CSPA in January of 2019, Catherine has supported the industry during the disruptive 232 tariff period, spearheaded the development of a leadership climate strategy for the association, secured critical changes to Canada’s trade remedy regime and expanded the voice of the association to represent 100% of Canada’s major steel producers as well as key Pipe and Tube producers.
Catherine has over 25 years of experience in Canada’s national capital of Ottawa. Prior to taking the helm of the CSPA, Catherine ran a consultancy where she provided strategic advice to many private and public sector clients in the areas of manufacturing, mining, construction, and the forest sector. Catherine also spent 13 years at the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) where, as Executive Vice President of FPAC, she played a key role in developing the sector’s long-term transformation strategy in response to changing market dynamics and the evolving expectations of civil society.
In 2021 & 2022, Catherine was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Lobbyists by The Hill Times. She also serves on the Premier’s Council on US Trade and Industry Competitiveness in Ontario. She is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Climate Choices, an organization dedicated to climate analysis and COREM, a world recognized innovation organization for Canada’s mining sector.
She is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Toronto.
Catherine lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.