Louis joined The Conference Board of Canada in 1997. He specializes in product development and economic analysis. Louis is currently Vice-President, Public Policy responsible for research and networks in the areas of national security and public safety, health (including the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care), energy, environment and transportation policy and the Centre for the North.
Formerly, Louis was Executive Director, Economic Initiatives, responsible for all aspects of the Board’s many research programs including the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, Canadian Tourism Research Institute, Global Commerce Centre and the research liaison for the new Institut du Quebec.
Since joining the Conference Board, Louis has launched several initiatives. He was first responsible for the Metropolitan Outlook Service, including a quarterly economic forecast for large Canadian urban centres. In 2003, he launched the Canadian Industrial Outlook Service, providing economic and financial trends in large industries. Louis was also director of the Global Commerce Centre (formerly the International Trade and Investment Centre), which offers Canadian business leaders and policy-makers research related to the implications of the ongoing restructuring of global production. More recently, he led the Board’s health economic group providing forward-looking, quantitative analysis of the sustainability of the Canadian health care system.
In addition, Louis is a speaker and a media spokesperson on topics related to health economics, international trade and investment, and the Canadian economy.