The Conference Board’s Economic Outlook Seminar provides an opportunity for our customers to gain the latest perspectives and insights on our global, national and provincial forecasts. The event allows participants to hear expert analysis, discuss important issues and ask questions about the economic outlooks with the Conference Board’s forecasting team and participants from other organizations. This informative half-day seminar concludes with a reception and a networking lunch.

Speakers

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist

Matthew Stewart

Director, National Forecast

 
 
Henry Diaz

Senior Economist I

Sam Goucher

Economist

 
 
Daniel Fields

Senior Economist I

Alicia Macdonald

Principal Economist

Agenda

November 29, 2019

8:45 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
9:15 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
9:30 a.m.

Escalating trade barriers and the uncertainty created by a multitude of geopolitical risks slowed global growth sharply in 2019. Will continued uncertainty over Brexit, US—China relations, Middle East conflict and other global tensions lead to a further slowdown? Pedro will discuss the state of the global economy, provide an in-depth look at the United States and discuss the risks of a recession.

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

10:10 a.m.

The global economy is in trouble as growth is set to weaken from a healthy 3.2 per cent in 2018 to 2.6 per cent this year and 2.5 per cent in 2020. The main cause of the slumping global growth is the ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China. Given this unfortunate reality, is it possible for a trading nation like Canada to avoid slipping into recession? While it is clear that the Canadian economy is entering a period of slower economic growth, not all the news is bad. Strong population and income growth will continue to support the demand for consumer goods and services, while improving prospects in the resources sector will fuel business spending over the next few years. Join Matthew as he provides an overview of how the recent global developments and the current economic climate will impact Canada’s economic outlook over the next several years.

Nancy Nazer

Director, Forecasting and Analysis

10:45 a.m.
Networking Break
11:00 a.m.

The near-term economic outlook for Canada’s provinces is mixed. A panel with some of our economists will address how a number of key issues will impact the outlook for several of the provinces. Sam will assess which provinces will benefit from the turnaround in the mineral fuels sector. Henry will look at what near-record-high household debt and tight labour markets means for consumer expenditures for the provinces. And although the overall provincial deficit is forecast to shrink throughout the forecast, Dan will discuss why several of the provinces are set to enter a period of fiscal restraint in the coming years. Alicia will conclude the session by reviewing the economic growth prospects for the provinces.

Sam G

Economist II

Henry Diaz

Senior Economist I

Daniel Fields

Senior Economist I

Alicia Macdonald

Principal Economist

12:00 p.m.
Networking lunch

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Location

The Conference Board of Canada, 255 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H8M7