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Economics Staff

Glen Hodgson
 
Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist

With 34 years of experience and a specialization in international economics and finance, Glen Hodgson is responsible for overseeing the Board's macro-economic outlook products, tourism, custom economic research, and is the Board's chief spokesperson on economic issues. He is leading several high-profile research initiatives at the Conference Board: the Global Commerce Centre (GCC), the Centre on Tax Analysis, Fiscal Incentives, and Competitiveness (TAFIC), and he guided the formation of L'Institut du Québec, in partnership with HEC. Glen joined the Board in 2004, after 10 years at Export Development Canada (EDC). He also worked at the federal Department of Finance, and served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. during the 1980s as Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean.

Mr. Hodgson has written extensively on international economics, Canadian tax reform and fiscal policy, and sports economics. He has published three books and over 250 articles and briefings, with a bi-weekly column in the Globe and Mail on-line. His latest book is Power Play: the Business Economics of Pro Sports co-authored with Mario Lefebvre and released in 2014. He was also editor and a contributing author to the book Crisis and Intervention: Lessons from the Financial Meltdown and Recession.

Business Development Atlantic Canada

Ann MacKenzie
 
Ann MacKenzie
Executive Director, Business Development

Ann MacKenzie is the Executive Director of Atlantic Canada at The Conference Board of Canada and oversees the Board's business growth strategy in the region. Ann leads all business development activities and is responsible for senior relationships with the Board's key clients in Atlantic Canada.

Ann has more than 25 years of experience in the field, including in strategic planning and financial stewardship, and has a record of developing and implementing policies, programs and processes that grow revenue and expand business.

Prior to joining the Board, Ann spent 14 years with Film Nova Scotia, a provincial crown corporation, where she developed extensive industry experience, and built strong relationships with leaders in the federal and provincial governments, as well as in the business community in Nova Scotia and internationally.

Having also worked for several years in the private sector, her expertise spans multiple business environments in the private and public sectors. Ann's fiscal acumen has earned her considerable respect in the financial community, and strong relationships with auditors, analysts and leading financiers.

How Canada Performs

Sheila Rao
 
Sheila Rao
Senior Research Associate

Sheila Rao is the Manager of the Conference Board’s annual flagship report, How Canada Performs, a multi-year research program designed to help identify relative strengths and weaknesses in Canada’s socio-economic performance. Sheila has also been involved in international projects, assisting the Ukrainian governments at both the federal and municipal level in developing strategic economic development plans.

Ms. Rao authored a paper on the BRIC economies and presented the report findings to the Senate committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Other projects she has worked on include: a study on the Western provinces’ productivity and competitiveness; a report on supply chains for the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC); and a study on public-private research collaborations. Sheila has also contributed to research for the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). Ms. Rao has had a number of speaking engagements; having presented findings from her various projects to The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and International Trade; the Library of Parliament; and advisory committees in each of the Western provinces.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Sheila completed her MBA at McGill University. Ms. Rao holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Queen’s University and earlier in her career she worked in the high-tech industry at Alcatel and General Dynamics Canada.

Institut du Quebec

Sonny Scarfone
 
Sonny Scarfone
Economiste, Institut du Québec
Sonny joined l'Institut du Québec in 2014, based in Montréal. His research focuses on socioeconomic challenges facing the province and aims at giving provincial policymakers the insights necessary to make well-informed decisions. A large part of his mandate also includes the regionalisation of previous Conference Board research to the Québec market. Sonny received an M.Sc. in applied economics at HEC Montréal in 2012, before working in Toronto's Financial District until 2014. He currently lectures micro- and macroeconomics to undergraduates at his alma mater on a part time basis.

Economic Outlook and Analysis

Pedro Antunes
 
Pedro Antunes
Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis, and Deputy Chief Economist

As the Boards Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis and Deputy Chief Economist, Pedro Antunes is responsible for managing a team of economists in producing the Conference Board's medium and long-term economic forecasts along with other economic indicators and reports. Pedro is a spokesperson for the Conference Board and does presentations on the forecast to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

Pedro joined the Conference Board as an economist in 1991 after working with the Canadian Forecasting Group at the Bank of Canada. He has moved progressively into more senior positions since joining the Board. Prior to his current role, he was Director of the Conference Board's National and Provincial forecast team; and was responsible for custom research work and economic analysis.

In addition to the regular forecast publications, Pedro has been researching the impact of demographic change on the fiscal sustainability of health care, productivity, and long-term economic growth. Pedro also worked on several international projects, helping decision-makers in Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and Ukraine develop appropriate forecasting and policy analysis tools.

National Forecast

Matthew Stewart
 
Matthew Stewart
Associate Director, National Forecast

Matthew Stewart is Associate Director, National Forecast with the Conference Board specializing in the Canadian and world economy. Matthew is currently advising international clients on the economy and has been assisting the Ukrainian federal government and city level governments in developing strategic plans. In Canada, he has been responsible for designing and building a demand and supply model for physicians based on changing disease patterns. Matthew has appeared on TV and radio numerous times as an expert on the Canadian Economy and government finances. He has recently authored two chapters in a book titled Lessons from the Recession and Financial Crisis.

Matt has a M.A. (Economics) from McMaster University and a B.A. (Honours Economics) from The University of Western Ontario.

Doris Chu
 
Doris Chu
Senior Economist, National Forecast

Doris Chu joined the Conference Board in 1994 as part of the provincial group where she was responsible for forecasting the economies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia. In 1999, Doris joined the national forecasting team and has since been responsible for forecasting international trade and costs and prices. In addition, she works on finance research projects specializing in labour markets.

Prior to joining the Board, Doris worked at the Bank of Canada for two years as a research assistant in the Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis.

Doris earned her M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto and her B.A. from Queen’s University.

Alicia Macdonald
 
Alicia Macdonald
Senior Economist, National Forecast

Alicia Macdonald is responsible for the Conference Board’s inflation forecast, demographic projections and the outlook for British Columbia. Alicia joined the Conference Board in 2004 after working at the Bank of Canada’s regional office in Vancouver. Alicia has worked on a wide range of research projects including constructing a regional forecasting model, projecting long-term labour shortages and a number of economic impact analyses. In the past, Alicia was also responsible for Canadian labour markets, housing markets, consumer expenditures and the Consumer Confidence survey.

Alicia has an MA in economics from the University of Victoria and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance from Lakehead University.

Julie Adès
 
Julie Adès
Senior Economist, National Forecasting

Julie Adès is an economist within the national forecasting team and is responsible for the medium and long-term outlooks of the labour market, housing market, household spending and income and some areas of the demographic forecast. Since joining the Conference Board in 2008, she also contributed to different projects, such as the analysis of the potential of the forest industry in Canada's North, the economic contribution of the food industry to the Canadian economy, and the development of the Help-Wanted Index for which she now writes monthly publications.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Julie was an intern-economist at the Sustainable Development Department of Gaz Metro, where she focused on the study of economic tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Julie Adès holds a M.A. in economics from Laval University where she specialized in natural resources and environmental economics and a B.A. in economics, management and international relations with great distinction from McGill University.

Daniel Fields
 
Daniel Fields
Economist, National Forecast

Daniel joined the National Economic Forecast team in 2013. His key responsibilities include monitoring the fiscal situation within the various levels of government and contributing to a variety of ongoing fiscal projects such as the Fiscal Snapshots Series, which examine the fiscal situation of every province. He also prepares the Canadian Month at a Glance—a comprehensive monthly report of the latest available Canadian economic data released the same day as the Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada.

Daniel received his M.A. in economics from Queen’s University, and also holds a B.Math. in economics and statistics from Carleton University.

Marc Desormeaux
 
Marc Desormeaux
National Forecast Economist
Marc Desormeaux is an economist with the Conference Board's National Forecast team and provides analysis on a variety of the Board's custom economics projects. He also prepares the Canadian Month at a Glance, the Conference Board's monthly report on the state of the Canadian economy, monitoring the latest Canadian economic data. Before joining the Board, Marc was an economist at Nordicity, a consultancy specializing in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries in Canada and the U.K. There, he worked on a number of economic impact assessments and tax credit analyses, as well as conducted research on telecommunications auction strategies and contributed to the firm's annual report on the Canadian film and television industries. Marc holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto, where he was an academic fellow at Massey College, and a B.A. in economics from McMaster University.

Provincial Forecast

Marie-Christine Bernard
 
Marie-Christine Bernard
Associate Director, Provincial Forecast

Marie-Christine is presently in charge of the medium and long-term provincial forecast and publication as well as the bi-annual territorial forecast and publication. She also works on financed research projects and prepares alternative scenarios to the provincial forecast.

Prior to joining the Board in 1996, Marie-Christine was part of an energy and natural resources research group (GREEN) at l’Université Laval. She also did research for Gaz Métropolitain, a natural gas distributor in Montreal, on natural gas pricing for non-residential buildings in the province of Quebec.

Marie-Christine Bernard obtained her B.A. and M.A. in economics from l’Université Laval specializing in energy and natural ressources economics.

Prince Owusu
 
Prince Owusu
Senior Economist, Provincial Forecast

As a Senior Economist, Prince has broad experience in modeling, forecasting and current analysis of the provincial economies. Since joining the Conference Board in 2001, Prince has been in charge of the Board’s demography and labour market forecast and analysis. He also monitors the economies of the Maritime Provinces.

Prince holds a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, 2000. He also received training from the prestigious African Economic Research Consortium, a leading think-tank based in Nairobi, Kenya, during his graduate work at the University of Ghana.

Natalia Ward
 
Natalia Ward
Economist

Natalia Ward is responsible for forecasting non-residental investment spending on the provincial level, agricultural output and export categories and farm income on both national and provincial level, and consumer spending issues in the national quarterly publication. In addition, Natalia produces the Prairies semi-annual webinars and monitors the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

In the past, Natalia was in charge of the auto sector forecasts, presentations and other custom work.

Natalia joined the Conference Board as an economist in the provincial group in 2005 after a short term at Ontario Ministry of Finance. In 2007, Natalia moved to more customer-oriented work and returned to the national and provincial forecast team in 2012.

Natalia holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor in Finance from Tomsk State University (Russia).

Fares Bounajm
 
Fares Bounajm
Economist

Fares Bounajm has been an economist with The Conference Board of Canada since August 2010. As part of the Provincial Forecast team, he contributes to the Board’s National and Provincial Outlooks, focusing on business investment, the Ontario economy and the performance of the mining and motor vehicles and parts manufacturing industries.

Fares has also worked for the Board’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute (CTRI) and Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC), where he contributed to research in tourism, health care, and a large number of custom research projects. He has significant experience in economic modeling and data analysis. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Fares worked as a researcher in the transportation sector. Fares holds an M.A. in Economics from McGill University, specializing in econometric modeling. Email: bounajm@conferenceboard.ca

Lois Mainville
 
Lois Mainville
Provincial Economist, Forecasting and Analysis Division

Lois Mainville is an Economist in the Provincial Forecast team. She is responsible for monitoring the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan as well as forecasting agricultural output and farm income. Lois also works on custom economic projects.

Prior to joining the Conference Board in November 2014, Lois worked as an analyst in a pharmaceutical consulting firm, where among her duties, forecasted the budget impact of new pharmaceutical products. She holds an undergraduate degree with Honours in Economics from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Economics from Université Laval. In her graduate studies, Lois specialized in program evaluation where she evaluated the impacts of Québec's low-fee daycare network on women's labour and various child and family outcomes.

International/ US Forecast

Kip Beckman
 
Kip Beckman
Principal Economist, World Outlook

Kip oversees The Conference Board of Canada's forecasts of the U.S. and world economy. This involves producing eight quarterly reports as well as the U.S. Economic Month at a Glance. Kip also does a number of speaking engagements throughout the year dealing with the state of the global economy. He is a regular contributor to the Board's Economics blog.

Before working on the global outlook, Kip helped update the Canadian economic outlook, focusing primarily on financial markets.

Kip obtained his M.A. in economics from the University of Guelph in 1979 and his B.A. in economics from Trent University in 1975.

Centre for Municipal Studies

Alan Arcand
 
Alan Arcand
Associate Director, Centre for Municipal Studies

Alan oversees the Centre’s forecasts of 27 Canadian census metropolitan areas. As well, he conducts customized studies measuring the fiscal capacity of cities, economic impact analyses, and the development of customized macroeconomic models.

When Alan first joined the Board in 2000, he was responsible for forecasting the provincial economies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Alan Arcand obtained his M.A. in economics from Queen’s University and his B.A. in international relations from the University of Windsor.

Jane McIntyre
 
Jane McIntyre
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

Jane is responsible for the economic forecasts of six Canadian CMAs: St. John’s, Halifax, Saint John, Toronto, Oshawa and Hamilton. She also conducts custom research such as the Housing Sector Outlook and a Condo Market Outlook, by provinces and CMAs for specific clients. In the past Jane has provided General Motors of Canada with a detail car and truck outlook, for Canada and the provinces.

Jane has also provided both internal and external clients with “Eviews” training. Eviews is the software package used for econometric modelling at the Conference Board. Clients have included the Government of New Brunswick and the Ukraine Ministry of Finance.

Jane holds an M.A. from McMaster University and B. Comm (Hons. Economics) from Saint Mary’s University.

Robin Wiebe
 
Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

Robin is a contributor to the regular municipal forecasts. He also co-authors housing reports for external clients. Previously, Robin was a market analyst with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for 18 years, serving in Thunder Bay, Windsor, Ontario and Ottawa. His expertise on the housing market was well-respected by both internal and external clients and earned him the position of CMHC spokesperson for the media.

Robin holds a B.A. in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a M.A. Economics from the University of Guelph.

Elise Martin
 
Elise Martin
Economist II, Metropolitan & Provincial Outlooks
Elise Martin is an economist with the Provincial Outlook Group and the Centre for Municipal Studies. Her responsibilities include monitoring and forecasting the economy of the province of Québec, as well as the economies of five Québec census metropolitan areas. In addition, she works on custom research projects, which include economic footprint analysis, custom economic model development, economic impact analysis of fiscal policies and other policy decisions and benchmarking projects. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Elise worked at the Mergers Branch of the Competition Bureau. Her duties included using elements such as the level of economic concentration in an industry and the merging parties’ market shares to determine if a proposed merger was likely to affect competition. Elise received an M.A. in economics from McGill University where she specialized in econometrics, and holds a B.A. in journalism from Université du Québec à Montréal.
Constantinos Bougas
 
Constantinos Bougas
Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies
Constantinos Bougas is an economist at the Centre for Municipal Studies. His responsibilities include monitoring and forecasting the economies of seven census metropolitan areas in Alberta and Ontario. He also works on custom research projects. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Constantinos worked as a researcher at the Airport Research Chair of Laval University. His duties included obtaining short and medium term forecasts of air passenger traffic flows in Canada. Constantinos received an M.A. in economics from Laval University where he specialized in econometrics, and also holds a B.Sc. in mathematics (specialization in actuarial science) from the University of Montreal.

Industrial Economic Trends

Michael Burt
 
Michael Burt
Director, Industrial Economic Trends

In his role as Director, Industrial Economic Trends group, Michael is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and production of regular forecasts for more than 30 different sectors of the Canadian economy. He is also the project manager for the consulting work that the group completes. Michael conducts research on a variety of topics related to industrial performance and has completed many studies examining the impact of socio-economic variables on the performance of the private sector. Michael is also a spokesperson for the Conference Board and does presentations on the industrial forecasts to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

Michael joined The Conference Board of Canada in 2004 as the industrial forecasting product was being developed. As a result, he was deeply involved in the creation of the industry models and laying the groundwork for how the analysis would be conducted. Prior to that, Michael worked in the industry forecasting group at Moody's Analytics, an economic consulting firm in the United States. He has more than fifteen years of experience conducting industry forecasting and analysis. Mr. Burt has a Master's degree in economics from the University of Toronto, and has also completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program.

Maxim Armstrong
 
Maxim Armstrong
Senior Economist, Industrial Economic Trends, Forecasting and Analysis

Maxim Armstrong is an economist within the Canadian Industrial Outlook Service group. He is responsible for the research and the forecast of several industries. When he first joined the Conference Board, Maxim was part of the Centre for Municipal Studies for which he was in charge of the forecast of several metropolitan areas. He also contributed to several projects, such as the fiscal situation of cities, economic benchmarking analyses and various regional studies.

Prior to working for the Conference Board, Maxim’s experience was with the International Forecasting Division of the Québec Department of Finance, where he was responsible for the U.S. economic forecast and other studies focusing on Québec-U.S. economic relations.

Maxim Armstrong obtained his M.A. in economics and his B.A. from the Laval University.

Todd Crawford
 
Todd Crawford
Senior Economist

Since joining The Conference Board of Canada in 2006, Todd has worked in a number of areas and has moved into increasingly senior roles within the organization. He is currently a member of the Conference Board's Industrial Economic Trends research group where he conducts industry-specific research on a wide variety of issues including: labour market supply and demand, profitability, public policy, and a variety of economic impact and footprint studies. He is also a regular spokesperson for the Conference Board, providing input to both national and international media on a wide variety of topics related to his on-going research and the Canadian economy in general. He is also the author of the Conference Board's monthly, Index of Consumer Confidence and is a regular contributor to the annual review of the Federal Budget.

In the past, Todd has also been responsible for forecasting all matters related to Canada's energy sector, including contributions to the quarterly Canadian Outlook and Alberta's provincial Outlook. He was also previously responsibile for the semi-annual forecast of Canada's oil and gas extraction industry, and remains a regular participant at conferences to Canadian and North American energy policy.

Todd has a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick and an M.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

Kristelle Audet
 
Kristelle Audet
Senior Economist, Canadian Industrial Outlook

Kristelle Audet joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2011 as an economist in the Industrial Economic Trends group. She is responsible for the analysis and forecast of various industries. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Kristelle worked as a market analyst at the Pulp and Paper Products Council and also taught Economics to undergraduate students at HEC Montréal.

Kristelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montréal and graduated with an M.Sc in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in 2009. During her postgraduate studies, she studied the links between the U.S. current account deficit and the housing boom.

Lin Ai
 
Lin Ai
Economist, Canadian Industrial Outlook, Forecasting and Analysis

Lin Ai is an economist within the Canadian Industrial Outlook Service group. She is responsible for the research and the forecast of several industries. Lin is also the in-house agriculture and food manufacturing expert and contributes to Canadian, provincial, and industrial outlook products. When she first joined the Conference Board, Lin was part of the Provincial Forecasting group for which she was in charge of the forecast of the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She also contributed to several projects, such as Food Mail Program and the Potash Corp Takeover Impact Analysis.

Prior to working for the Conference Board, Lin’s experience was with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, where she was responsible for the auto industry forecast.

Lin Ai obtained her M.A. in economics from the Waterloo University with a specialization in Macroeconomics. Her B.A.(high honor) was received from the University of Saskatchewan.

Robert Meyer-Robinson
 
Robert Meyer-Robinson
Economist, Industrial Economic Trends
Robert Meyer-Robinson joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2015 as an Economist within the Industrial Economic Trends group. In this role, Robert is responsible for conducting regular research on several industries across the Canadian economy, and contributes to industrial outlook products. He also prepares the Leading Indicator of Industry Profitability Report—a comprehensive monthly report that is intended to identify turning points and trends in corporate profitability across a range of sectors. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in economics and German from Queen’s University, and a Master’s degree in economics from Carleton University.

Global Commerce Centre

Danielle Goldfarb
 
Danielle Goldfarb
Associate Director, Global Commerce Centre

Danielle Goldfarb is Associate Director of the Conference Board of Canada’s Global Commerce Centre. She writes on Canada’s international trade, investment, and development policies. Danielle’s recent research and commentaries focus on success strategies for Canadian companies in global markets, the Canada-EU trade deal, immigrant exporters, and the hottest opportunities and markets for Canadian companies. Recent publications (both co-authored with Sui Sui) are Not for Beginners: Should Canada’s SMEs go to fast-growth markets? and For Innovators Only: Canadian Companies’ EU Export Experience (forthcoming).

Danielle’s articles and commentaries have been published by several Canadian think tanks and by most major Canadian media. Maclean’s called her one of Canada’s top trade experts. She blogs for the Canadian International Council Roundtable, and was recently a judge for both the Organization of Women in International Trade awards and the Manulife-Rotman Entry into Asia competition. She has been part of Statistics Canada’s advisory committee on trade, the Georgetown University’s leadership seminar, the Department of Foreign Affairs Academic Advisory Group on trade, and the US International Visitor Program on trade. Danielle has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.Comm. in Honours Economics from McGill University.

Jacqueline Palladini
 
Jacqueline Palladini
Senior Economist, Global Commerce Centre

Jacqueline Palladini is a Senior Economist and contributes to research on global trade and investment as part of the Global Commerce Centre. She specializes in analyzing global trends and their impacts on Canadian businesses, industries, and regional economies. She has experience developing forecasting models, analysing the link between infrastructure and labour productivity, and conducting custom research, including economic impact analyses. Prior to joining the Global Commerce Centre, Jacqueline spent several years forecasting the economies of Ontario, B.C. and the territories, and the performance of the mining and motor vehicles & parts manufacturing industries. Ms. Palladini also spent four years working as a demographics expert on a technical assistance project in Ukraine. She trained municipal staff on how to forecast their regions' populations, and helped Ukrainian professors design a technical course on the topic.

Prior to joining the Conference Board in 2007, Ms. Palladini was a Program Analyst at British Columbia's Ministry of Health where she was responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of various health care programs and policies.

Jacqueline Palladini holds a M.A. in economics with a specialization in social statistics from McGill University and a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Victoria.

Canadian Tourism Research Institute

Gregory Hermus
 
Gregory Hermus
Associate Director, Canadian Tourism Research Institute

In his role as Associate Director of the Canadian Tourism Research Institute (CTRI), Greg is responsible for The Conference Board of Canada’s travel forecasts and economic impact analysis. He also leads CTRI’s work in monitoring the state of the Canadian tourism sector for various government tourism departments as well as many private businesses. Greg is also a spokesperson for the Conference Board and does presentations on the tourism sector to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

Greg joined The Conference Board of Canada in 1989 to develop various leave-behind economic impact models for the tourism sector. Although these Tourism Economic Assessment Models (TEAM) are complex, their broad usage is facilitated by the inclusion of point-and-click interfaces and user-friendly reporting packages. Greg is well known in the tourism community for his ability to develop tourism related economic models and remains active by participating in many industry working groups.

Jennifer Hendry
 
Jennifer Hendry
Senior Research Associate, Canadian Tourism Research Institute

In her role as Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Tourism Research Institute, Jennifer is responsible for the production of regular reports on Canadian outbound leisure travel. She conducts regular surveys of Canadians and their outbound travel intentions and motivations, and is also responsible for producing an annual five-year outbound travel forecast to more than 50 destinations. In addition, Jennifer provides the travel health insurance industry with reports and forecasts on policy sales and premiums related to the number of Canadians with private travel health insurance coverage.

Jennifer has degrees in Tourism Management, Research Analysis, and Communications. She has spent her career conducting policy analysis, analyzing travel research, and assessing the sector's contribution to individual destinations and national economies, including its relation to labour force dynamics.

Klaus Edenhoffer
 
Klaus Edenhoffer
Economist, Canadian Tourism Research Institute
Klaus Edenhoffer joined the Conference Board in September 2014 as an Economist at the Canadian Tourism Research Institute (CTRI). Klaus is responsible for monitoring and forecasting travel to and within Canada, which includes producing the bi-monthly Travel Exclusive Newsletter. Klaus completed a M.A. in Economics at Simon Fraser University. He also holds a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University with a focus on economic and industrial geography. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Klaus taught Statistics and Geography at the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Algonquin College.

International Programs

Dan Lemaire
 
Dan Lemaire
Senior Project Manager, International Programs
Dan Lemaire is Senior Project Manager in the International Programs Group responsible for managing the Conference Board's international development project in Latin America called the Canada-Americas Trade Related Technical Assistance Program. Mr. Lemaire has 25 years of experience in international development, management of international business councils and research in global issues, including foreign direct investment and trade. He has managed and implemented DFATD funded projects in developing economies, and economies in transition in the Asia Pacific region, Eastern Europe and Latin America focusing on governance, public policy reform and trade capacity building. He has also worked on projects to strengthen the Canada-European Union relationship and authored research reports on topics such as Canadian business opportunities in emerging markets, global and Canadian investment trends, and the European Union's relevance to Canada.
Brenda Lafleur
 
Brenda Lafleur
Program Director, Forecasting and Analysis

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.

Kathleen Speake
 
Kathleen Speake
Gender Equality Expert, Indonesia Project
Kathleen Speake in an international development professional working within the International Projects group. She is responsible for the gender equality strategy of the Indonesia-Canada Trade and Private Sector Assistance Project and the Canada Americas Trade-Related Technical Assistance Project. Kathleen joined the Conference Board as part of the Forecasting and Economic Analysis Division in 2014. Prior to working for the Conference Board, Kathleen designed and implemented projects for the Canadian International Development Agency (now Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development) in the fields of private sector development and human rights. She has also taken on international assignments in China and East Asia with the International Labour Organization, William M. Mercer, and ECPAT International (global network against child sexual exploitation). Kathleen obtained her M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University. Her B.A.(honor) Political Science was received from the University Western Ontario.

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News iconMerchants near NHL arenas pay penalty for lockout: Glen Hodgson, senior vice-president and chief economist with the Conference Board of Canada, said there will not be much of an impact for the entire economy in Canada because of the lockout. “Why? Because the money that would have been spent by consumers on NHL games, either directly via ticket purchases or indirectly through the purchase of related services, will largely be re-directed to other forms of consumption in the economy,” he said. Calgary Herald, December 5, 2012