Western Business Outlook: Red Deer
Welikoklad Centre •
Heading into 2017 the Alberta economy continues to buffeted by uncertain commodity prices, choppy energy markets and growing public debt. As the oil and gas sector struggles with the new reality of lower commodity prices, the economies of the two largest cities continue to be negatively affected. Alberta’s smaller urban centres, have an opportunity to step up and into a more prominent role.
Dropping from first to near the bottom in terms of GDP growth in 2016, Alberta is facing another year of recovery through 2017 as the price of oil and gas continues to be a drag and the expected strengthening is still on the horizon.
But the variables are many and diverse; what will be the impact of near historic low interest rates? Where will the loonie bottom out and what impact will it have on exports or tourism? What will be the impact of a record high provincial deficit have on the economy? Where are agricultural commodity prices going?
The Conference Board of Canada, Red Deer College Donald School of Business, MNP LLP, and ATB Financial are pleased to present the first Western Business Outlook in Red Deer. The conference will provide a forum to discuss the questions posed and present the Conference Board’s forecast into 2017 and beyond.
Led by our Chief Economist and Deputy Chief Economist, the Western Business Outlook will provide central Alberta’s business leaders and policy makers a deep dive into the numbers underpinning the economy, from a global, national, provincial and regional perspective.
Coupled with a lively panel discussion with some of Central Alberta’s leading business people, and a keynote address, the Western Business Outlook promises to be the premier economic forecasting event in Red Deer this year.
The Conference Board of Canada is proud to welcome back our partners MNP LLP, a leader in professional services and one of Western Canada’s homegrown success stories, ATB Financial and their expertise to the discussion.
We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.
The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.