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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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2018 Banking and Insurance Outlook: Rising Interest

The strength of the Canadian economy is providing a boost to the banking sector, which has already enjoyed several strong years. The insurance sector has also had a strong run in recent years. However, both sectors are expected to experience slower growth in coming years. The Conference Board of Canada has new outlooks for Canada’s banking services industry and Canada’s insurance industry. In this webinar, you’ll get five-year sales, price, employment, revenue, cost, and profitability outlooks for the banking and insurance industries.Overall, we expect the banking industry to post growth in output of between 2.5 to 3 per cent throughout the forecast, below the growth seen in recent years, but still outpacing the pace of the overall Canadian economy. The overall outlook for insurance is modest, sales will grow by an average of 1.3 per cent annually through 2021 and prices are expected to increase by an annual average of 1.7 per cent.Join Michael Burt and Richard Forbes for this webinar, which is a must-attend for anyone with stakes in the financial services industry across the country.

Live Webinar | November 2017 | Michael Burt, Richard Forbes | 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