Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist

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Our customers need to look ahead and plan for what is coming, and the economic forecasts are crucial inputs. But the work we do goes beyond the forecasts, it really boils down to guiding the policy debate on important issues to Canada and Canadians with evidence.

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.

Pedro’s Research

Booming Economy Not Without Its Risks: Canadian Outlook

Impact paper  |  8-min read
July 6, 2021

Public debt in the time of COVID-19

Podcast  |  9-min listen
February 22, 2021

Challenges Ahead: Canada’s Post-Pandemic Fiscal Prospects

Issue briefing  |  15-min read
February 18, 2021

Summary: Canada's Post-Pandemic Fiscal Prospects

Video  |  4-min listen
January 27, 2021

Résumé : les perspectives budgétaires post-pandémie du Canada

Vidéo  |  4 min d’écoute
27 janvier 2021

Record-high debt a long-term concern for governments in Canada

Op-ed  |  4-min read
December 16, 2020