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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.

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.

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
Economist, Energy Portfolio, Industrial Economics
Klaus Edenhoffer joined the Conference Board in September 2014 as an Economist at the Canadian Tourism Research Institute (CTRI). Klaus is responsible for monitoring and forecasting travel to and within Canada, which includes producing the bi-monthly Travel Exclusive Newsletter. Klaus completed a M.A. in Economics at Simon Fraser University. He also holds a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University with a focus on economic and industrial geography. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Klaus taught Statistics and Geography at the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Algonquin College.
Karen D’Souza
 
Karen D’Souza
Economist, Industrial Economic Trends

Karen D’Souza joined the Conference Board in 2017 as an Economist in the Industrial Trends group. Karen currently contributes to Canadian Industrial Outlook products. Before joining the Conference Board, Karen spent 8 months interning at Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth where she conducted economic analysis of Ontario's Automotive industry.

Karen has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics from McMaster University and a Master's degree in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University.

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