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Michael Burt
 
Michael Burt
Executive Director

Michael Burt leads several knowledge areas including industrial analysis, education, energy, innovation and security. In his role, Michael oversees the convening and research activities undertaken by these knowledge centers. He provides presentations on a variety of topics to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

Michael joined The Conference Board of Canada in 2004 and has moved progressively into more senior positions since. Before joining us, he worked with an economic consulting firm in the United States. Michael has more than 20 years of experience conducting and leading research activities.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours Business & Economics) from the University of Windsor, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the University of Windsor; in addition, Michael is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Todd Crawford
 
Todd Crawford
Associate Director, Industrial Economic Trends, Forecasting and Analysis

Todd Crawford oversees the Industrial Economic Trends division, responsible for developing a research agenda and customized economic research for government and private-sector firms with an emphasis on timely and relevant policy guidance. Mr. Crawford has also worked extensively on labour markets, prices, and consumer patterns. He is an experienced communicator, providing forecast information to CBoC clients through formal presentations, webinars, and report writing. Mr. Crawford is also a regular spokesperson for the Conference Board, commenting frequently in the media on the national and provincial economies, energy issues, and consumer and labour market patterns.

Todd has a Bachelor in Economics from the University of New Brunswick and a Master in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

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 overseeing and producing economic forecasts and analysis for several Canadian industries including wood product manufacturing, paper product manufacturing, food manufacturing, and food services. In addition, Robert conducts custom research for public and private sector clients, touching on topics including labour shortages in agriculture, supply-chain analysis, and Canada-U.S. trade relations. 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.

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.

Klaus Edenhoffer
 
Klaus Edenhoffer
Senior Economist I, Energy Portfolio, Industrial Economics

Klaus is an Economist in the Industrial Economic Trends group. He is in charge of the analysis of various industries with a focus on the energy sector. Klaus also provides research on energy related topics to the national and provincial forecasting teams. In addition, he supports and provides leadership on custom research projects.

Klaus joined the Conference Board in 2014 as Economist in the Conference Board's Canadian Tourism Research Institute, where he was responsible for monitoring travel to and within Canada. Apart from producing the bi-monthly newsletter and a range of forecasting products, Klaus also conducted economic research and analysis for custom projects in the areas travel and tourism, labour economics and health economics.

Before working for the Conference Board, Klaus was an Instructor at Algonquin College, where he was teaching courses in geography and statistics in the School of Hospitality and Tourism. He completed an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in geography at Simon Fraser University. Klaus is from Germany, where he graduated with distinction from an M.A-equivalent program in geography, economics and statistics at Regensburg University.

Thomas Hindle
 
Thomas Hindle
Economist

Thomas Hindle joined the Conference Board in 2019 as an economist on the Industrial Economic Trends team. Thomas 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, Thomas spent time as an Economist at the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, assisting with the organizations research and publications. Thomas has also worked as an Exploration Geologist for IDM Mining (now part of Ascot Resources) as part of its Red Mountain Gold Exploration project.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science from St. Francis Xavier University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen's University.

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