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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
Senior Fellow, Global Commerce Centre

Danielle Goldfarb is Senior Fellow of the Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre. She provides senior research and advisory capacity to the Centre. The team's current focus is on inclusive globalization, the impact of technology on trade, tapping into green global value chains, and modernizing NAFTA.

Maclean's magazine called Danielle one of Canada's top trade experts. Recent publications have focused on Canada's strategy under Trump, the impact of disruptive technologies on Canada's trade, the global appetite for high-value services, the Canada-EU free trade agreement (CETA), and Canada's smaller businesses in fast-growth markets. Her recent chapter "Why Canada's Global Commerce Policy Needs to Lean In" in an edited volume on Canada's foreign policy was used as a foundation for the Canadian government's trade strategy. Danielle's regular commentaries have been published by several think tanks and by most major Canadian media, including the Globe and Mail and Maclean's magazine.

Danielle has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.Comm. in Honours Economics from McGill University. You can follow Danielle on Twitter at @DIGoldfarb

Kristelle Audet
 
Kristelle Audet
Associate Director, Global Commerce Centre

Kristelle Audet is Associate Director of the Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre. She directs the team's effort in providing members and clients with research, tools and events to enhance their understanding of global economic trends and the implications for Canada.

Before joining the Global Commerce Centre, Kristelle had taken on increasing responsibilities in the Industrial Economic Trends group at the Conference Board. She was overseeing and producing economic forecasts and analysis for several Canadian industries as well as doing custom research for public and private sector clients. Kristelle also wrote extensively on Canadian trade issues, covering a wide range of topics such as foreign direct investment, value-added trade, Canada's global competitiveness, and trade in food and financial services. In 2017, Kristelle was the lead author of the Conference Board's landmark report outlining key recommendations ahead of the NAFTA renegotiation.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Kristelle was a Market Analyst at the Pulp and Paper Products Council where she was responsible for covering the European market. She also taught Economics at HEC Montréal and worked as a research associate for the University's Centre for Productivity and Prosperity. Kristelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Economics from HEC Montréal as well as a Master's degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Jacqueline Palladini
 
Jacqueline Palladini
Principal Economist, Global Commerce Centre

Jacqueline Palladini leads the research program of the Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre as its Principal Economist. She has conducted groundbreaking research on importance of services in Canada's trade picture, and has written on clean trade, NAFTA, trade with Asia, and other important issues facing global commerce today. She has been featured in major media outlets across the country and regularly presents the latest global commerce research 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. Prior to joining the Conference Board in 2007, Jacqueline worked at British Columbia's Ministry of Health.

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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