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Alicia Macdonald
 
Alicia Macdonald
Principal Economist, National Forecast

Alicia Macdonald works for the Conference Board's national forecasting team with a focus on custom economic analysis, financial markets and the government sector. Alicia joined the Conference Board in 2004 after working at the Bank of Canada's regional office in Vancouver. Alicia has worked on a number of research projects that have examined economic impact scenarios across a range of sectors at both the national and provincial level. In the past, Alicia was also responsible for Canadian labour markets, housing markets, consumer expenditures and the Consumer Confidence survey.

Alicia has an MA in economics from the University of Victoria and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance from Lakehead University.

Doris Chu
 
Doris Chu
Senior Economist, National Forecast

Doris Chu joined the Conference Board in 1994 as part of the provincial group where she was responsible for forecasting the economies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia. In 1999, Doris joined the national forecasting team and has since been responsible for forecasting international trade and costs and prices. In addition, she works on finance research projects specializing in labour markets.

Prior to joining the Board, Doris worked at the Bank of Canada for two years as a research assistant in the Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis.

Doris earned her M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto and her B.A. from Queen’s University.

Daniel Fields
 
Daniel Fields
Senior Economist, National Forecast

Daniel joined the National Economic Forecast team in 2013. His key responsibilities include monitoring the fiscal situation within the various levels of government and contributing to a wide variety of ongoing fiscal projects such as the Fiscal Snapshots Series. These reports look at the current condition of provincial economics and their government's fiscal challenges by providing a short- and medium term outlook in areas such as tax revenue and federal transfers as well as spending in key categories such as health care and education. This analysis feeds into the provincial forecast, where Daniel completes the output forecast for government spending. Daniel also completes the outlook for Prince Edward Island.

Daniel received his M.A. in economics from Queen's University, and also holds a B.Math. in economics and statistics from Carleton University.

Robyn Gibbard
 
Robyn Gibbard
Senior Economist I, National Forecast

Robyn Gibbard is an economist in the economic forecasting group at the Conference Board of Canada in Ottawa, Canada. Robyn's main area of focus is business non-residential investment. He runs the Conference Board of Canada's survey of business confidence and manages the Conference Board's econometric model of non-residential business investment. In this role, he researches the factors that attract business investment, and uses econometric methods to establish relationships between these factors and investment flows.

Robyn also performs a variety of other economic research. His published research includes papers on the effectiveness of carbon taxation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, future demand for health care, and fiscal analyses of provincial budgets. His master's thesis was on the relationship between sovereign debt and economic growth.

Previously, Robyn has worked as an assistant for two MPs at the Canadian Parliament, as a legal assistant in a criminal law practice in Ottawa, and as an intern at a human rights law practice in Venezuela. He holds an M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and a bachelor's degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management from the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs in Ottawa, Canada.

Cory Renner
 
Cory Renner
Economist, Industrial Economic Trends

Cory Renner joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2016 as an Economist within the Industrial Economic Trends group. He is responsible for the forecast, research and analysis of several industries as well as contributing to the Leading Indicator of Industrial Profitability. Before joining the Conference Board, Cory spent time as a financial analyst at Canadian Pacific Railway, where he did analysis on the costs of rail shipments across Canada and the U.S.

Cory holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Applied Mathematics from Western University, as we all as a Master's of Science degree in Economics with a focus in Econometrics and Statistics from the University of Bonn in Germany.

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