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Economics Staff

Glen Hodgson
 
Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist

Glen Hodgson brings 32 years of experience and a specialization in international economic and financial issues to the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of The Conference Board of Canada.

Mr. 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 has published two books and over 225 articles and briefings. He has written extensively on Canadian tax reform and has co-authored a series on the economics of pro sports in Canada. Glen is leading a new Conference Board research initiative, the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC), just as he led the creation of the Board’s Global Commerce Centre. Glen is a regular contributor to the Conference Board's economics blogs and The Globe and Mail's Economy Lab.

Mr. Hodgson joined the Board in September 2004, after 10 years at Export Development Canada (EDC). He also spent a decade with the federal Department of Finance. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Hodgson served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., as Advisor/Assistant to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean.

Mr. Hodgson has a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from the University of Manitoba, a M.A. in Economics from McGill University, and pursued Ph.D. studies at McGill. He is the current president of the Ottawa Economics Association and coached youth sports for many years.

National Forecast

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

As Director, National and Provincial Forecast, Pedro Antunes is responsible for managing a team of economists in producing the Conference Board's national and provincial 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 for two years 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 Associate Director of the Conference Board's Economic Services Group; and was responsible for custom research work and economic analysis. In addition, Pedro worked on several long-term projects with developing economies, including Tunisia, Morocco and Ukraine in order to provide decision-makers in these countries with appropriate forecasting and impact analysis tools.

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.

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.

Matthew Stewart
 
Matthew Stewart
Associate Director, National Forecast

Matthew Stewart is a principal economist 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.

Julie Adès
 
Julie Adès
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.

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.

Todd Crawford
 
Todd Crawford
Senior Economist

Todd Crawford is responsible for the Forecasting and Analysis Division's national energy research. Since joining CBoC in 2006, Todd has worked in a number of areas, where his chief responsibilities include forecasting all matters related to Canada's energy sector, included in the quarterly Canadian Outlook. Related duties include forecasting medium and long-term outlooks for the province of Alberta, as well as the semi-annual forecast of Canada's oil and gas extraction industry. Todd is a regular participant at conferences related to Canadian and North American energy policy. He is also the author of the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence publication.

In the past, Todd has also been responsible for Canadian labour markets, prices, and studying consumer patterns, while also working on a wide variety of custom research work and economic analysis. Todd is an experienced communicator, providing forecast information to CBoC clients through formal presentations, webinars, and report writing. Todd is also a regular spokesperson for the Conference Board, commenting frequently on Alberta's economy, energy issues, and consumer and labour market patterns.

Todd has a MA in Applied Economics from the University of North Carolina and a BA Honours Economics from the University of New Brunswick.

Jacqueline Palladini
 
Jacqueline Palladini
Senior Economist

Jacqueline Palladini is a Senior Economist in the provincial forecasting group, responsible for forecasting Ontario and the Northwest Territories' economies, the mining industry, and motor vehicle manufacturing. She has experience developing the territorial forecast, analysing infrastructure and labour productivity, and conducting custom research, including economic impact analyses. Ms. Palladini spent three 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.

Justin Cooke
 
Justin Cooke
Economist, Provincial Forecasting

Among other duties, Justin is the provincial forecast team's economist responsible for manufacturing and fishing. His expertise in these areas corresponds well with his responsibility for monitoring Newfoundland and Labrador. Justin is also responsible for the Territorial Forecast Model and Territorial Outlook reports, as well as the quarterly Business Confidence report.

When he joined the Board in June 2011, Justin was responsible for monitoring Manitoba and Saskatchewan and forecasting provincial agricultural output and farm income at the Conference Board. Justin holds an M.A. in economics from Queen's University, and a B.Comm in management economics from the University of Guelph. During his studies, Justin worked on such issues as income inequality, returns to employee training programs, and helped construct a database of 19th Century Canadian Censuses.

Centre for Municipal Studies

Mario Lefebvre
 
Mario Lefebvre
Président, Directeur général

Mario is formerly of the Conference Board and the new President & CEO at L'Institut de développement urbain du Québec

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.

Greg Sutherland
 
Greg Sutherland
Principal Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

Greg joined The Conference Board of Canada in September 2002, and is currently a Senior Economist in the Centre for Municipal Studies.

Greg’s role is to forecast the economies of six census metropolitan areas. He is also involved in several economic and fiscal projects. Greg’s expertise is in developing provincial, industrial, and regional forecasts while working for such organizations as Enbridge Consumers Gas and General Motors Defense. Since coming to the Board in 2000, he has been featured in frequently in the media.

Greg obtained his M.A. in economics from McMaster University during which time he did an internship in economic at Industry Canada.

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.

Canadian Industrial Outlook

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.

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.

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Economists in the News

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