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Industry Economics

The Industry Economics team performs economic research, analysis, and forecasts on Canadian industries. The team’s work is disseminated in many ways, including reports, webinars, presentations, and blog posts. In addition, the team conducts custom research projects and economic forecasts for public and private sector clients.

Our Services

Canadian Industrial Outlook Reports

These are in-depth, biannual economic outlook reports with a five-year forecast for key economic and financial indicators for nearly 20 major Canadian sectors. They provide a detailed analysis of the latest developments and trends affecting industries at the national and provincial levels.

Canadian Industrial Profiles

These brief two-page profiles are designed for smaller industries not covered by our Industrial Outlook service. Published annually, the profiles include an industrial SWOT analysis and a five-year forecast of key economic indicators and industry trends.

Leading Indicator of Industry Profitability

The Leading Indicator of Industry Profitability is a proprietary monthly index designed to predict near-term trends in corporate profitability. The index is calculated for the entire economy, as well as for 49 industries.

Custom Research

Our team of economists brings together over 40 years of experience delivering quality economic research and analysis. Examples of custom work include forecasting exercises, economic impact studies, labour market outlooks, market analyses, literature reviews, case studies, and policy analyses.

Upcoming Webinars

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Business Services Outlook 2017-18: Upturn in Economy Benefits Services Industries

Many of Canada’s business services industries have been negatively affected by weakness in the energy sector and economy over the past two years. But improving business confidence, an accelerating pace of job creation and an uptick in oil prices will lead to better performance in most of these industries in 2017. Join Michael Burt for a webinar based on a new series of industrial profiles by The Conference Board of Canada. The Canadian Industrial Profile consists of five-year forecasts for each industry’s output, employment, prices, investment levels, trade, and financial performance metrics, among others.

Live Webinar | September 2017 | Michael Burt | The Conference Board of Canada

Climate-Friendly Goods and Services: Opportunity Knocks for Canadian Companies

The world is moving toward a lower-carbon economy. Canadian innovators, investors, and manufacturers have opportunities to help businesses around the world decrease their carbon footprint and lessen adverse environmental impacts.In recent years, investments in renewable energy alone topped $286 billion in 2015 and global trade in climate-friendly technologies totals more than $250 billion each year. Canada is lagging many other countries in exporting climate-friendly technologies, but we do have a competitive edge in key sectors. In this webinar based on Global Commerce Centre research, Jacqueline Palladini identifies and elaborates on the 17 global export strengths in climate-friendly products and related services. These include:Renewable energy: photovoltaic system controllers, towers and clutches for wind turbines, photosensitive semiconductors, biomass gasification tanks, and solar collectors.Energy efficiency: heating and cooling technologies, and gas turbines (excluding turbo jets)Waste management technologies: large waste containers, wastewater filters, liners, and membranes used by oil refineries, landfills, and gas stationsCanada is also among the world leaders in carbon capture and storage technologies, which represent another important market opportunity for Canadian businesses.This webinar is based on the Global Commerce Centre report, Clean Trade: Canada’s Global Opportunities in Climate-Friendly Technologies

Live Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Cost of a Cleaner Future: Examining the Economics of Pricing Carbon and Making Deep GHG Emission Reductions

This webinar will be presented by Alicia Macdonald and Douglas Ruth.Governments across Canada have committed to moving towards a low carbon future. Despite the recent decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Accord, Canada remains keen to significantly reduce its GHG emissions. Achieving deep emission reductions will require a multifaceted approach and the Canadian plan includes pricing carbon and eliminating coal-fired electricity. To get a sense of the economic impact of these types of policies, The Conference Board of Canada, building on research from the Canadian Academy of Engineering, analyzed the economic impact of taxing carbon and moving away from fossil fuels for electricity generation. In the analysis, the economic impacts of a carbon tax starting at $10 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent is discussed as well as the impact of shifting our electricity generation mix.While pricing carbon and shifting the electricity generation mix towards renewables are important components of the emission reductions strategy, a broader approach is necessary to achieve our targets. The Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP) examined several possible pathways for Canada to make deep emission reductions. The work done in the TEFP has shown us that it is indeed technically feasible to transition Canada to a low carbon society but doing so will require significant spending commitments. In our study, we aggregated the investment spending required under some of the TEFP scenarios and assessed the economic impact of that investment.Join Alicia Macdonald and Douglas Ruth for a detailed description of the methodology and a presentation of the results of this analysis.

Live Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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Industry Economics Team

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Michael Burt
Director, Industrial Economic Trends

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Kristelle Audet
Senior Economist

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Todd A. Crawford
Principal Economist

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Cory Renner

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Robert Meyer-Robinson

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Carlos Murillo

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Richard Forbes