Signs of Optimism? The Canadian Economy Entering 2017—Insights from the Chief Economist

The Conference Board of Canada, August 24, 2016
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Canada's economy has been on a roller-coaster throughout the first six months of 2016. Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.6% in the first quarter. Exports were up sharply, but low oil prices continue to take a toll on national wealth.

The impact of low oil prices is most apparent in investment expenditures. Business investment in the oil and gas sector fell by $17 billion last year, and with commodity prices expected to remain low, a recovery in 2016 is not in the cards.

At a time of uncertainty, join the Conference Board's Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, Glen Hodgson, for his expert interpretation of the latest economic numbers for Canada, its provinces, the United States, and the world.

Webinar Highlights

You won't want to miss this engaging 60-minute session in which Glen describes the major economic forces that will affect your organization in 2016-17. These include:

  • Where are oil prices headed?
  • Will economic growth in 2016 surpass that of the weak result in 2015?
  • What are implications of government stimulus on the economy in the short term?
  • Where are the federal and provincial governments heading in terms of their fiscal situations?

About Glen

Photo of Glen HodgsonGlen Hodgson brings 34 years of experience and a specialization in international economic and financial issues to the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of The Conference Board of Canada. Glen is responsible for overseeing the Board's macro-economic outlook products, tourism, custom economic research, and is the Board's chief spokesperson on economic issues. Before joining the Conference Board, Glen spent 10 years at Export Development Canada and 10 years with the federal Department of Finance.

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