Pedro Antunes is the Chief Economist and primary spokesperson at The Conference Board of Canada. He
provides insights and general direction for the Board’s economic products, including reports and economic
indicators that relate to Canada and its regions and sectors. Pedro provides media interviews in English and
French as well as expert testimony before parliamentary and senate committees. He is widely sought for
speaking engagements and presentations to industry leaders and decision-makers on a broad range of issues
and topics that impact Canadians.
Pedro started his professional career in 1987 with the Canadian forecast team at the Bank of Canada,
joining the Board in 1991 as part of the provincial forecast team. Over time, he had responsibility for the
economic analysis of different provinces and sectors. He also worked on several international projects to
help decision-makers in Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, and Ukraine develop appropriate forecasting and policy
analysis tools. Among other topics, Pedro has researched the impact of Canada’s demographic change on labour
markets, the fiscal sustainability of health care, productivity, and long-term economic growth.
Pedro is fluent in both official languages. He earned a BA Honours Economics from Bishop’s
University and an MA in Economics from Queens University.