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Meet Our Team

Pedro Antunes
Pedro Antunes
Chief Economist

Pedro Antunes is the Chief Economist at The Conference Board of Canada. Pedro is responsible for managing a team of economists in producing medium and long-term economic forecasts along with other economic indicators and reports. He is a spokesperson for The Conference Board of Canada and delivers presentations on the forecast to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

Pedro joined The Conference Board of Canada as an economist in 1991 after working with the Canadian Forecasting Group at the Bank of Canada. He has moved progressively into more senior positions since joining the Board. Prior to his current role, Pedro was Deputy Chief Economist of the Conference Board's National and Provincial forecast team; and was responsible for custom research work and economic analysis.

In addition to the regular forecast publications, Pedro has been researching the impact of demographic change on the fiscal sustainability of health care, productivity, and long-term economic growth. He also worked on several international projects, helping decision-makers in Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and Ukraine develop appropriate forecasting and policy analysis tools.

Matthew Stewart
Matthew Stewart
Director, National Forecast, Forecasting and Analysis

As Director of Economics, Matthew Stewart oversees the production of the Conference Board's Canadian Outlook publication, a quarterly report on Canada's economy, the Conference Board's Fiscal Snapshot reports, a series of reports that review of the finances and budget of each province and the Canadian Long-term Economic Outlook, a bi-annual report that details the long-term outlook for the Canadian economy. Matthew is also responsible for overseeing custom research projects on a variety of topics. Recent projects include a demand and supply model for physicians based on disease risk factors, disease incidence, prevalence, and mortality for over 250 diseases. Another recent project estimated the economic impact of a carbon tax and the cost of achieving Canada's Paris commitment. Matthew has also overseen several large international projects. Recently, he led several missions to Indonesia where he trained government officials and industry on factors that could affect and improve trade with Canada.

Matt has a M.A. (Economics) from McMaster University and a B.A. (Honours Economics) from The University of Western Ontario.

Sara Rose Taylor
Sara Rose Taylor
Research Associate II, Immigration

Sara Rose Taylor is a Research Associate in the Conference Board's National Immigration Centre. Her research interests include entrepreneur immigration, care migration, global migration governance, migrant networks, and gender equality.

Prior to joining the Board, Sara worked for Wilfrid Laurier University and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Sara holds a PhD in Global Governance from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MA in Economics from Queen's University, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Carleton University.

Daniel Fields
Daniel Fields
Economist, National Forecast

Daniel joined the National Economic Forecast team in 2013. His key responsibilities include monitoring the fiscal situation within the various levels of government and contributing to a wide variety of ongoing fiscal projects such as the Fiscal Snapshots Series. These reports look at the current condition of provincial economics and their government's fiscal challenges by providing a short- and medium term outlook in areas such as tax revenue and federal transfers as well as spending in key categories such as health care and education. This analysis feeds into the provincial forecast, where Daniel completes the output forecast for government spending. Daniel also completes the outlook for Prince Edward Island.

Daniel received his M.A. in economics from Queen's University, and also holds a B.Math. in economics and statistics from Carleton University.

Jo-Leen Folz
Jo-Leen Folz
Meetings and Marketing Coordinator

Jo-Leen is the Administrative and Meetings Coordinator for the Global Commerce Centre as well as the National Immigration Centre. Jo-Leen coordinates the Centre's yearly meetings, acts as a member liaison and provides administrative support for all Centre activities and research. In addition to her roles within the two Centre's, Jo-Leen also provides administrative support to the Canadian Tourism Research Institute, Economics Department and is the back-up to Executive Assistant to the Vice-President & Chief Economist.

Jo-Leen is a college graduate with over 15 years of work experience in office administration and project coordination.

Upcoming Event

Canadian Immigration Summit 2019

May 8–9, 2019 | Ottawa

Recent Events

Winning the Immigration Conversation
March 5–6, 2019 | Vancouver

Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit 2018
Nov. 27–28, 2018 | Ottawa

Learning from the Manitoba Experience
Nov. 1–2, 2018 | Winnipeg

Canadian Immigration Summit 2018
May 30–31 | Ottawa

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Kareem El-Assal
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration

Jo-Leen Folz
Meetings and Marketing Coordinator