During this webinar, Pedro Antunes and Marie Christine Bernard will answer some of the key questions facing the Ontario economy:
- The trade sector: How much is the uncertainty about the North American Free Trade Agreement and U.S. tariffs affecting business decision-making?
- Consumer spending: How is the housing market slowdown shaping the overall outlook for domestic spending?
- Labour markets: How will further adjustments in the minimum wage affect worker incomes, employment levels and consumer prices?
- Fiscal outlook: What choices does the new government have in terms of budgeting?
As the Conference Board’s Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis and Deputy Chief Economist, Pedro Antunes is responsible for managing a team of economists in producing the Conference Board's medium and long-term economic forecasts along with other economic indicators and reports. Pedro is a spokesperson for the Conference Board and does presentations on the forecast to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.
Pedro joined the Conference Board 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, he was Director of the Conference Board's National and Provincial forecast team; and was responsible for custom research work and economic analysis.
About Marie Christine
Marie-Christine Bernard is Director, Provincial Forecast at The Conference Board of Canada. Marie-Christine is responsible for the medium and long-term Provincial Outlook forecast and publication. She also works on financed research projects and prepares alternative scenarios to the provincial forecast.
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