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Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

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 1992 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.

Michael Burt

Michael Burt

Vice President
The Conference Board of Canada

Michael Burt is a Vice President at The Conference Board of Canada and leads several Knowledge Areas, including Education & Skills, Inclusion, Innovation & Technology, and Sustainability. He is also the executive lead for the work CBoC does with the Future Skills Centre. In his role, Michael oversees the convening and research activities of these different areas.

Michael has more than 20 years of experience conducting and leading research activities. Before joining The Conference Board, he worked with an economic consulting firm in the United States. In 2004, he joined CBoC as a Senior Economist and has moved progressively into more senior positions since.

Michael has a passion for building things, albeit in a figurative sense:

“I enjoy building things, I find it exciting and rewarding to build something from the ground up a great team for example, or an inciteful research project, or long-term viability for our organization. At CBoC, we’re constantly building, and one of my focus areas is to build strong relationships internally between our different Knowledge Areas, and with external partners. Our array of expertise is a core strength, and by continuously improving our collaboration efforts, we’ll increase our impact on Canadian lives and Canada’s leaders.”

Michael holds a BComm and an MBA from the University of Windsor, and a MA in Economics from the University of Toronto. Michael is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

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Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

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 1992 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.


National Forecast

Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart

Director, National Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada

Matthew Stewart oversees The Conference Board of Canada’s Outlook publication, a quarterly report on Canada’s economy, our Fiscal Snapshot reports, a review of the finances and budget of each province, and the Canadian long-term Economic Outlook.

Matthew’s custom research work ranges from determining the economic impact of a carbon tax and the cost of achieving Canada’s Paris commitment to a supply and demand model for physicians based on risk factors, disease incidence, prevalence and mortality.

Matthew has a M.A. (Economics) from McMaster University and a B.A. (Honours Economics) from The University of Western Ontario.

Doris Chu

Doris Chu

Senior Economist, National Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada

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.

Alicia Macdonald

Alicia Macdonald

Principal Economist, National Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada

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.

Daniel Fields

Daniel Fields

Senior Economist, National Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada

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.

Cory Renner

Cory Renner

Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

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.

Robyn Gibbard

Robyn Gibbard

Senior Economist I, National Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada

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.


Provincial Forecast

Sam Goucher

Sam Goucher

Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

Sam Goucher is an economist in the Provincial and Territorial Forecast Team. In addition to custom research project work, Sam is responsible for monitoring and forecasting production and investment levels in Canada's energy sector. He is also responsible for generating forecasts for the provinces of Alberta and New Brunswick.

Prior to joining the Conference Board of Canada in 2017, Sam worked as an economist in the Fiscal Policy Division of the Department of Finance for the Government of New Brunswick, where he produced quarterly and annual forecasts as well as various economic impact analyses. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Queen's University and an undergraduate degree with Honours in Economics from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

Aimee McArthur-Gupta

Aimee McArthur-Gupta

Economist, Provincial Forecasting
The Conference Board of Canada

Aimee is an Economist with the Provincial Forecast team. Aimee is responsible for monitoring the province of Ontario and forecasting investment at the national and provincial level. Aimee is also responsible for the semi-annual forecast for Canada's auto and auto part industries.

Prior to joining the Conference Board in 2017, Aimee completed a B.A. (Dual Honours) in Economics and Law at Carleton University and a M.A. in Economics at Queen's University. During her studies, Aimee specialized in Econometrics and Canadian Housing Economics.

Daniel Lam

Daniel Lam

Economist, Provincial Forecasting
The Conference Board of Canada

Daniel Lam is an Economist on the Provincial and Territorial Forecast team at the Conference Board of Canada. Daniel is responsible for monitoring the economies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and forecasting agriculture and CPI at the provincial and national levels. He is also responsible for the forecast of provincial household consumption.

Prior to joining the Conference Board in 2017, Daniel completed both a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and an M.A. in Economics from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. As a student, Daniel specialized in public policy and econometric analysis.


Centre for Municipal Studies

Alan Arcand

Alan Arcand

Associate Director, Metropolitan Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada

Alan Arcand’s responsibilities include overseeing the Centre’s forecasts of 29 Canadian census metropolitan areas. He also manages many of the group’s contract research projects, including economic impact studies, custom medium- and long-term economic forecasts, and many other city-related subjects. When he first joined The Conference Board of Canada in January 2000, Alan was the analyst responsible for the Canadian agricultural sector and the provincial economies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Alan holds an M.A. in Economics from Queen’s University and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Windsor.

Jane McIntyre

Jane McIntyre

Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies
The Conference Board of Canada

Jane is responsible for the economic forecasts of six Canadian CMAs: St. John’s, Halifax, Saint John, Toronto, Oshawa and Hamilton. She also conducts custom research such as the Housing Sector Outlook and a Condo Market Outlook, by provinces and CMAs for specific clients. In the past Jane has provided General Motors of Canada with a detail car and truck outlook, for Canada and the provinces.

Jane has also provided both internal and external clients with “Eviews” training. Eviews is the software package used for econometric modelling at the Conference Board. Clients have included the Government of New Brunswick and the Ukraine Ministry of Finance.

Jane holds an M.A. from McMaster University and B. Comm (Hons. Economics) from Saint Mary’s University.

Robin Wiebe

Robin Wiebe

Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies
The Conference Board of Canada

Robin is a contributor to the regular municipal forecasts. He also co-authors housing reports for external clients. Previously, Robin was a market analyst with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for 19 years, serving in Thunder Bay, Windsor, Ontario and Ottawa. His expertise on the housing market was well-respected by both internal and external clients and earned him the position of CMHC spokesperson for the media.

Robin holds a B.A. in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a M.A. Economics from the University of Guelph.

Constantinos Bougas

Constantinos Bougas

Senior Economist I, Centre for Municipal Studies
The Conference Board of Canada

Constantinos Bougas is an economist at the Centre for Municipal Studies. His responsibilities include monitoring and forecasting the economies of five census metropolitan areas in Manitoba and Ontario. He also works on custom research projects.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Constantinos worked as a researcher at the Airport Research Chair of Laval University. His duties included obtaining short and medium term forecasts of air passenger traffic flows in Canada.

Constantinos received an M.A. in economics from Laval University where he specialized in econometrics, and also holds a B.Sc. in mathematics (specialization in actuarial science) from the University of Montreal.

Christopher Heschl

Christopher Heschl

Senior Economist I, Centre for Municipal Studies
The Conference Board of Canada

Christopher Heschl is an economist with the Centre for Municipal Studies. He is responsible for monitoring and forecasting the economies of five census metropolitan areas: Vancouver, Victoria, and Abbotsford-Mission in British Columbia as well as London and Kingston in Ontario. Christopher also works on custom economic research projects. Prior to working at the Conference Board, he was intern with Klahanie Research, where he worked on a historical research project for the Fort Langley National Heritage Site.

Christopher holds an M.A. in Economics from Queen's University and a B.A. in Economics and History from the University of British Columbia.

Henry Diaz

Henry Diaz

Senior Economist I, Centre for Municipal Studies
The Conference Board of Canada

Henry Diaz is an economist with the Centre for Municipal Studies. He is responsible for monitoring and forecasting the economies of five census metropolitan areas: Montreal, Québec City, Sherbrooke, Saguenay, and Trois-Rivières. Henry also works on custom economic research projects for municipalities all across Canada. Prior to working at the Conference Board, he interned with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec, where he completed reports on the economics of sustainability; and with Beiersdorf A.G. in Germany, where he supported a financial standardization project.

Henry holds an M.A. in Economics from Queen's University and a B.B.A in Economics and International Business from HEC Montréal.


Industrial Economic Trends

Todd Crawford

Todd Crawford

Associate Director, Industrial Economic Trends, Forecasting and Analysis
The Conference Board of Canada

Todd Crawford oversees the Industrial Economic Trends division, responsible for developing a research agenda and customized economic research for government and private-sector firms with an emphasis on timely and relevant policy guidance. Mr. Crawford has also worked extensively on labour markets, prices, and consumer patterns. He is an experienced communicator, providing forecast information to CBoC clients through formal presentations, webinars, and report writing. Mr. Crawford is also a regular spokesperson for the Conference Board, commenting frequently in the media on the national and provincial economies, energy issues, and consumer and labour market patterns.

Todd has a Bachelor in Economics from the University of New Brunswick and a Master in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

Kristelle Audet

Kristelle Audet

Principal Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

Kristelle Audet is Principal Economist in the Industrial Economic Trends group. She oversees the production of economic forecasts and analysis for Canadian industries and performs custom research for public and private sector clients. Kristelle also wrote extensively on Canadian trade issues, covering a wide range of topics such as foreign direct investment, value-added trade, Canada's global competitiveness, and trade in food and financial services. In 2017, Kristelle was the lead author of the Conference Board's landmark report outlining key recommendations ahead of the NAFTA renegotiation.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Kristelle was a Market Analyst at the Pulp and Paper Products Council where she was responsible for covering the European market. She also taught Economics at HEC Montréal and worked as a research associate for the University's Centre for Productivity and Prosperity. Kristelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Economics from HEC Montréal as well as a Master's degree in Economics and International Financial Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Robert Meyer-Robinson

Robert Meyer-Robinson

Economist, Industrial Economic Trends
The Conference Board of Canada

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
The Conference Board of Canada

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

Economic Advisor
Transport Canada

Klaus is an Economist in the Industrial Economic Trends group. He is in charge of the analysis of various industries with a focus on the energy sector. Klaus also provides research on energy related topics to the national and provincial forecasting teams. In addition, he supports and provides leadership on custom research projects.

Klaus joined the Conference Board in 2014 as Economist in the Conference Board's Canadian Tourism Research Institute, where he was responsible for monitoring travel to and within Canada. Apart from producing the bi-monthly newsletter and a range of forecasting products, Klaus also conducted economic research and analysis for custom projects in the areas travel and tourism, labour economics and health economics.

Before working for the Conference Board, Klaus was an Instructor at Algonquin College, where he was teaching courses in geography and statistics in the School of Hospitality and Tourism. He completed an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in geography at Simon Fraser University. Klaus is from Germany, where he graduated with distinction from an M.A-equivalent program in geography, economics and statistics at Regensburg University.

Thomas Hindle

Thomas Hindle

Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

Thomas Hindle joined the Conference Board in 2019 as an economist on the Industrial Economic Trends team. Thomas 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, Thomas spent time as an Economist at the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, assisting with the organizations research and publications. Thomas has also worked as an Exploration Geologist for IDM Mining (now part of Ascot Resources) as part of its Red Mountain Gold Exploration project.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science from St. Francis Xavier University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen's University.


Global Commerce Centre

Julie Adès

Julie Adès

Senior Economist, Global Commerce Centre
The Conference Board of Canada

Julie Adès is a Senior Economist within the Conference Board of Canada’s Global Commerce Centre (GCC). As part of the GCC, she leads and participates in research on trade, investment, and trade policies. In recent years, Julie led and contributed to research on CUSMA, China, clean trade, foreign direct investment and trade diversification. As part of an international aid program, Julie co-delivered a course in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2016 on economic modelling with a focus on exports.

Prior to joining the Global Commerce Centre, Julie spent several years within the Conference Board’s national forecasting team working on the forecast of the Canadian economy, focusing on the labour market, housing market and demographic variables. Since joining the Conference Board in 2008, she has helped to develop and maintain the Board’s national economic forecasting model and conducted various custom research projects.

Julie Adès holds a MA in economics from Laval University where she specialized in natural resources and environmental economics and a BA in economics, management and international relations from McGill University.

Sheila Rao

Sheila Rao

Principal Economist
The Conference Board of Canada

Sheila Rao is the Manager of the Conference Board’s annual flagship report, How Canada Performs, a multi-year research program designed to help identify relative strengths and weaknesses in Canada’s socio-economic performance. Sheila has also been involved in international projects, assisting the Ukrainian governments at both the federal and municipal level in developing strategic economic development plans.

Ms. Rao authored a paper on the BRIC economies and presented the report findings to the Senate committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Other projects she has worked on include: a study on the Western provinces’ productivity and competitiveness; a report on supply chains for the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC); and a study on public-private research collaborations. Sheila has also contributed to research for the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). Ms. Rao has had a number of speaking engagements; having presented findings from her various projects to The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and International Trade; the Library of Parliament; and advisory committees in each of the Western provinces.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Sheila completed her MBA at McGill University. Ms. Rao holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Queen’s University and earlier in her career she worked in the high-tech industry at Alcatel and General Dynamics Canada.


Canadian Tourism Research Institute

Gregory Hermus

Gregory Hermus

Associate Director, Forecasting & Analysis
The Conference Board of Canada

In his role as Associate Director of the Canadian Tourism Research Institute (CTRI), Greg is responsible for The Conference Board of Canada’s travel forecasts and economic impact analysis. He also leads CTRI’s work in monitoring the state of the Canadian tourism sector for various government tourism departments as well as many private businesses. Greg is also a spokesperson for the Conference Board and does presentations on the tourism sector to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

Greg joined The Conference Board of Canada in 1989 to develop various leave-behind economic impact models for the tourism sector. Although these Tourism Economic Assessment Models (TEAM) are complex, their broad usage is facilitated by the inclusion of point-and-click interfaces and user-friendly reporting packages. Greg is well known in the tourism community for his ability to develop tourism related economic models and remains active by participating in many industry working groups.

Jennifer Hendry

Jennifer Hendry

Senior Research Associate, Canadian Tourism Research Institute
The Conference Board of Canada

In her role as Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Tourism Research Institute, Jennifer is responsible for the production of regular reports on Canadian outbound leisure travel. She conducts regular surveys of Canadians and their outbound travel intentions and motivations, and is also responsible for producing an annual five-year outbound travel forecast to more than 50 destinations. In addition, Jennifer provides the travel health insurance industry with reports and forecasts on policy sales and premiums related to the number of Canadians with private travel health insurance coverage.

Jennifer has degrees in Tourism Management, Research Analysis, and Communications. She has spent her career conducting policy analysis, analyzing travel research, and assessing the sector's contribution to individual destinations and national economies, including its relation to labour force dynamics.

Ryan Zhuang

Ryan Zhuang

Economist, Canadian Tourism Research Institute
The Conference Board of Canada

In his role as Economist at the Canadian Tourism Research Institute (CTRI), Ryan is responsible for monitoring and forecasting the Canadian tourism sector at both provincial and metropolitan level. Along with producing the bimonthly newsletter and forecast products, Ryan also works on custom economic research projects.

Ryan holds a M.Sc. in Business Economics from Queen's University where he specialized in econometrics and industrial organization and a B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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