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Craig Alexander
 
Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist

Craig Alexander brings over 20 years of experience in the private sector as an economic and financial forecaster to the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist. Mr. Alexander oversees the Board’s Economics Department. This group produces macroeconomic forecasts for the Canadian economy, provinces, territories, and industries. It runs centres on global commerce, tourism and municipal studies. There are also networks and centres related to immigration, skills and education policy areas that have a significant impact on Canadian labour market outcomes. Previously, Craig was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for TD Bank Group—the second largest bank in Canada and the eighth largest in the United States. Prior to joining the private sector, he spent four years as an economist at Statistics Canada.

Craig is a strong and motivational public speaker who crosses the country each year giving presentations on the state of the economy and policy issues. He is a strong supporter of literacy and a champion of the charitable sector, for which he received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

He is a former two-term president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics and holds a graduate degree in economics from the University of Toronto.

Craig joined The Conference Board of Canada in September 2016

Glen Hodgson
 
Glen Hodgson
Senior Fellow and Chair, Low Carbon Growth Economy

Glen Hodgson brings nearly 35 years of experience and a specialization in macro-economics, international trade and finance, and fiscal and tax policy to his position as the first Senior Fellow at The Conference Board of Canada, effective September 2016.

In his new role, Mr. Hodgson will support the Conference Board's mandate to advance Canadian competitiveness and prosperity. He will identify and develop new initiatives for research and engagement, undertake research, and provide public commentary as an author and speaker. Topics of interest include Canada and globalization, low-carbon economic growth, sustainable fiscal policy, tax system design and administration, and the creative economy.

Mr. Hodgson was the Conference Board of Canada's Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for the past twelve years, where he responsible for overseeing macro-economic forecasting and custom economic research, and was the Board's leading media spokesman. He played a leading role in several high-profile research initiatives at the Conference Board on productivity and competitiveness, international trade and investment, health economics, tax policy, and the Quebec economy. He has published two books and over 300 reports, briefings and articles, as well as delivering many speeches and presentations each year to clients.

Glen is a member of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, which undertakes research on using price signals to encourage positive activities (like economic growth and job creation) and discourage negative ones (like greenhouse gas emissions or road congestion).

He joined the Conference Board in September 2004, after 10 years at Export Development Canada (EDC). He also spent a decade with 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.

Danielle Goldfarb
 
Danielle Goldfarb
Director, Global Commerce Centre

Danielle Goldfarb is Director of the Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre. Danielle heads up research that delves into underexplored and emerging areas critical for evidence-based policy-making. Ongoing topics of interest include responding to rapid global economic change, selling Canada's high value services in global markets, and improving the links between Canada's multicultural population and global trade.

Danielle speaks regularly to government, media, academic, and business audiences. Danielle's commentaries have been published by several Canadian think tanks and by most major Canadian media, including the Globe and Mail and Maclean's magazine. Her most recent (co-authored) publications include Stronger Ties: CETA Tariff Elimination and the Impact on Canadian Exports; Not for Beginners: Should Canada's SMEs go to fast-growth markets?; For Innovators Only: Canadian Companies' EU Export Experience and Understanding the Four Faces of Europe (forthcoming).

Danielle 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.

Julie Adès
 
Julie Adès
Senior Economist, Global Commerce Centre

Julie Adès is a Senior Economist and contributes to research on global trade and investment as part of the Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre.

Prior to joining the Global Commerce Centre, Julie spent several years within the Conference Board's national forecasting team working on the medium and long-term outlooks of the Canadian economy, focussing on the labour market, housing market, household spending, income and demographic variables. Since joining the Conference Board in 2008, she has helped to develop and maintain the Board's national economic forecasting model, conducted economic impact and tax benchmarking analyses, and worked on various custom research projects. As part of an international aid program, Julie also delivered a course on economic modelling with a focus on exports for government employees in Indonesia.

Before 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. with great distinction in economics, management and international relations 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 Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre. Her works include the changing nature of trade with Asia and groundbreaking research on importance of services in Canada's trade picture. She has been featured in major media outlets across the country and regularly presents the latest global commerce trends to policy and business leaders. She also has experience developing and maintaining economic forecasting models, conducting economic impact analyses, benchmarking business competitiveness, and conducting other custom analysis.

Prior to joining the Global Commerce Centre, Jacqueline spent several years forecasting provincial and territorial economies as well as the mining and motor vehicles and parts manufacturing industries. Ms. Palladini also spent five years working as a demographics expert on a technical assistance project in Ukraine. She built demographics models and trained municipal staff on how to forecast their regions' populations. She also helped Ukrainian professors design a technical course on the topic.

Jacqueline Palladini holds a MA in economics with a specialization in social statistics from McGill University and a BSc with distinction from the University of Victoria.

Jo-Leen Folz
 
Jo-Leen Folz
Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Forecasting and Analysis
Jo-Leen Folz is the Administrative and Meetings Coordinator for the Global Commerce Centre. Jo-Leen coordinates the Centre's twice-yearly meetings, acts as a member liaison and provides administrative support for all Centre activities and research. In addition to her role in the Global Commerce Centre, Jo-Leen provides administrative support to the Canadian Tourism Research Institute and is the back-up to Executive Assistant to the Vice-President & Chief Economist. Jo-Leen has over 10 years of work experience in office administration and project coordination.

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