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Michael Burt
 
Michael Burt
Executive Director, Industrial Economic Trends

Michael Burt leads the teams that conduct research on industrial performance, trade and investment, and education and skills at The Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Burt joined the CBoC in 2004, he has moved progressively into more senior positions since joining the Board. Before joining the Board he worked with an economic consulting firm in the United States.

In his role, Mr. Burt oversees the maintenance and production of a variety of products, as well as the consulting work that the group completes. Mr. Burt is a spokesperson for the Conference Board and does presentations on a variety of topics to clients and the public, and is often cited in the media.

Mr. Burt has 20 years of experience conducting economic 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
Associate Director, Global Commerce Centre

Kristelle Audet is Associate Director of the Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre. She directs the team's effort in providing members and clients with research, tools and events to enhance their understanding of global economic trends and the implications for Canada.

Before joining the Global Commerce Centre, Kristelle had taken on increasing responsibilities in the Industrial Economic Trends group at the Conference Board. She was overseeing and producing economic forecasts and analysis for several Canadian industries as well as doing custom research for public and private sector clients. Kristelle also wrote extensively on Canadian trade issues, covering a wide range of topics such as foreign direct investment, value-added trade, Canada's global competitiveness, and trade in food and financial services. In 2017, Kristelle was the lead author of the Conference Board's landmark report outlining key recommendations ahead of the NAFTA renegotiation.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Kristelle was a Market Analyst at the Pulp and Paper Products Council where she was responsible for covering the European market. She also taught Economics at HEC Montréal and worked as a research associate for the University's Centre for Productivity and Prosperity. Kristelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Economics from HEC Montréal as well as a Master's degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Julie Adès
 
Julie Adès
Senior Economist, Global Commerce Centre

Julie Adès is a Senior Economist and contributes to research on global trade and investment as part of the Conference Board of Canada's Global Commerce Centre.

Prior to joining the Global Commerce Centre, Julie spent several years within the Conference Board's national forecasting team working on the medium and long-term outlooks of the Canadian economy, focussing on the labour market, housing market, household spending, income and demographic variables. Since joining the Conference Board in 2008, she has helped to develop and maintain the Board's national economic forecasting model, conducted economic impact and tax benchmarking analyses, and worked on various custom research projects. As part of an international aid program, Julie also delivered a course on economic modelling with a focus on exports for government employees in Indonesia.

Before joining the Conference Board, Julie was an intern-economist at the Sustainable Development Department of Gaz Metro, where she focused on the study of economic tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Julie Adès holds a M.A. in economics from Laval University where she specialized in natural resources and environmental economics and a B.A. with great distinction in economics, management and international relations from McGill University.

Glen Hodgson
 
Glen Hodgson
Senior Fellow and Chair, Low Carbon Growth Economy

Glen Hodgson brings nearly 35 years of experience and a specialization in macro-economics, international trade and finance, and fiscal and tax policy to his position as the first Senior Fellow at The Conference Board of Canada, effective September 2016.

In his new role, Mr. Hodgson will support the Conference Board's mandate to advance Canadian competitiveness and prosperity. He will identify and develop new initiatives for research and engagement, undertake research, and provide public commentary as an author and speaker. Topics of interest include Canada and globalization, low-carbon economic growth, sustainable fiscal policy, tax system design and administration, and the creative economy.

Mr. Hodgson was the Conference Board of Canada's Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for the past twelve years, where he responsible for overseeing macro-economic forecasting and custom economic research, and was the Board's leading media spokesman. He played a leading role in several high-profile research initiatives at the Conference Board on productivity and competitiveness, international trade and investment, health economics, tax policy, and the Quebec economy. He has published two books and over 300 reports, briefings and articles, as well as delivering many speeches and presentations each year to clients.

Glen is a member of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, which undertakes research on using price signals to encourage positive activities (like economic growth and job creation) and discourage negative ones (like greenhouse gas emissions or road congestion).

He joined the Conference Board in September 2004, after 10 years at Export Development Canada (EDC). He also spent a decade with the federal Department of Finance, and served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. during the 1980s as Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean.

Jo-Leen Folz
 
Jo-Leen Folz
Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Economics

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.

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Jo-Leen Folz
Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Economics
613-526-3280 ext. 493
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