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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.

Kristelle Audet
 
Kristelle Audet
Senior Economist, Canadian Industrial Outlook

Kristelle Audet is Senior Economist in the Industrial Economic Trends group. She is responsible for overseeing and producing the economic forecast, research and analysis for several Canadian industries. Ms. Audet is also the author of regular custom economic analysis and forecast for public and private sector clients. Since joining the organization in 2011, she produced several research projects related to international trade and firm competitiveness for the Conference Board's Global Trade Centre, the Centre for Food as well as for external clients. Topics she covered include foreign direct investment, value added trade, Canada's global competitiveness, as well as trade in food and financial services.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Ms. Audet was a market analyst at the Pulp and Paper Products Council where she was covering the European market. She also taught Economics to undergraduate students and did research for HEC Montreal's Centre for Productivity and Prosperity. Kristelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in economics from HEC Montréal as well as Master's degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Todd Crawford
 
Todd Crawford
Principal Economist, Industrial Economic Trends, Forecasting and Analysis

Since joining The Conference Board of Canada in 2006, Todd has worked in a number of areas and has moved into increasingly senior roles within the organization. He is currently a member of the Conference Board's Industrial Economic Trends research group where he conducts industry-specific research on a wide variety of issues including: labour market supply and demand, profitability, public policy, and a variety of economic impact and footprint studies. He is also a regular spokesperson for the Conference Board, providing input to both national and international media on a wide variety of topics related to his on-going research and the Canadian economy in general. He is also the author of the Conference Board's monthly, Index of Consumer Confidence and is a regular contributor to the annual review of the Federal Budget.

In the past, Todd has also been responsible for forecasting all matters related to Canada's energy sector, including contributions to the quarterly Canadian Outlook and Alberta's provincial Outlook. He was also previously responsibile for the semi-annual forecast of Canada's oil and gas extraction industry, and remains a regular participant at conferences to Canadian and North American energy policy.

Todd has a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick and an M.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

Cory Renner
 
Cory Renner
Economist, Industrial Economic Trends

Cory Renner joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2016 as an Economist within the Industrial Economic Trends group. He is responsible for the forecast, research and analysis of several industries as well as contributing to the Leading Indicator of Industrial Profitability. Before joining the Conference Board, Cory spent time as a financial analyst at Canadian Pacific Railway, where he did analysis on the costs of rail shipments across Canada and the U.S.

Cory holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Applied Mathematics from Western University, as we all as a Master's of Science degree in Economics with a focus in Econometrics and Statistics from the University of Bonn in Germany.

Robert Meyer-Robinson
 
Robert Meyer-Robinson
Economist, Industrial Economic Trends
Robert Meyer-Robinson joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2015 as an Economist within the Industrial Economic Trends group. In this role, Robert is responsible for conducting regular research on several industries across the Canadian economy, and contributes to industrial outlook products. He also prepares the Leading Indicator of Industry Profitability Report—a comprehensive monthly report that is intended to identify turning points and trends in corporate profitability across a range of sectors. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in economics and German from Queen’s University, and a Master’s degree in economics from Carleton University.
Carlos Murillo
 
Carlos Murillo
Economist, Industrial Economic Trends

As an Economist with the Industrial Economics Trends group in the Forecast & Analysis division, Carlos is in charge of analysing various industries, with a focus on the oil and gas sector. Mr. Murillo is also a contributor to the energy sector component of the Canadian national forecast and assists his colleagues across different groups and business units with matters related to energy. Additionally, Carlos assists with custom research projects, as well as business development and cross-unit collaboration initiatives in Western Canada.

Carlos has over six years of experience working on energy economics, natural resources, fiscal policy, and international trade issues, amongst others. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Energy Development and a BA with a double major in Economics and International Relations (with a concentration in Applied Energy Economics), both from the University of Calgary.

Richard Forbes
 
Richard Forbes
Economist, Industrial Outlook, Trade and Investment

Richard Forbes joined the Conference Board in 2016 as an economist on the Industrial Economic Trends team. Richard is responsible for performing research, contributing analysis on a wide range of industries across the Canadian economy and writing some of the group's publications. Before joining the Conference Board, Richard spent time as a quantitative analyst at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, assisting with vetting procedures within the organization's Model Validation Group.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in economics from Western University as well as a Master's degree in economics from McMaster University where he specialized in International Trade and Labour economics.

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