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Western Business Outlook 2018: Red Deer

Tuesday March 6 2018 Venue TBD Red Deer, Alberta

Alberta returned to its long-familiar spot at the head of the economic growth pack in Canada in 2017. Still, real GDP in Alberta is not expected to reach its pre-recession peak until 2019, meaning that the long road to recovery has just begun.

Red Deer’s economy suffered a setback in 2015 and 2016, hampered by the decline in oil and cattle prices. Fortunately, the economy found itself on more solid footing in 2017, and the upward trend is expected to continue in 2018 and 2019, with real GDP growth expected to exceed 2 per cent in both years. The rebound in the economy will be felt in the job market, with the unemployment rate forecast to fall from 9.3 per cent in 2016 to 7.3 per cent in 2018.

Get the most detailed and up-to-date analysis of the economic outlook for Red Deer and Alberta, all set within a national and international context, at the 2018 Western Business Outlook: Red Deer. This is the second year that the Conference Board will host a Western Business Outlook event in Red Deer. In-depth and detailed economic analysis is accompanied by a keynote address and a lively panel discussion with some of the region’s leading business people and policy-makers.

Pedro Antunes, the Conference Board’s Deputy Chief Economist, will present the macro-economic outlook from one of Canada’s most respected economic forecasting organizations. Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist of ATB Financial, will deliver the keynote address.


The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

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