January 2016

Economic Outlook Breakfast 2016

7:30am-9:30am | Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Constitution Hall) - 255 Front Street West, North Building, Toronto

Join us as the panel of chief economists share their predictions for 2016.


Beata Caranci, Vice President & Chief Economist, TD Bank Group
Warren Jestin, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Douglas Porter, Managing Director & Chief Economist, BMO Financial Group
Avery Shenfeld, Managing Director & Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets
Craig Wright, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, RBC


Andrew Bell, Anchor, BNN

- Breakfast will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Economic Outlook Breakfast 2016

Andrew Bell


Andrew Bell

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Andrew Bell worked as an investment reporter and editor with The Globe and Mail for 12 years prior to joining BNN. Bell is a keen student of investing idiocy and corporate blunders, relishing the opportunity to examine stocks and mutual funds. Bell gives his blunt, well-researched assessment on the hot stocks of the day and takes viewers through the detailed numbers while asking experts the tough questions, giving viewers the hard truth about personal investing. Bell is the author of Mutual Funds for Canadians for Dummies.

Avery Shenfeld

Chief Economist and Managing Director
CIBC Capital Markets

Avery Shenfeld

Avery Shenfeld is Managing Director and Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc. He has been with CIBC since 1993 and is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading economists for his perceptive analysis and insight on economic developments and their implications for financial markets.

Mr. Shenfeld is a nine-time winner of the Dow Jones Market Watch award for most accurate US forecaster and is highly ranked by Canadian institutional equity investors.

Mr. Shenfeld’s prior background includes experience in management consulting. He was on the economics faculty at the University of Toronto and in the summer program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has addressed numerous business groups and has been quoted in the media in the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe.

Mr. Shenfeld holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

Beata Caranci

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President
TD Bank Group

Beata Caranci

Beata Caranci is the Chief Economist and SVP for TD Bank Group. She joined TD in 2003 and leads a team of economists tasked with delivering economic research, forecasts and stress tests on the Canadian, U.S., and global economies. Beata sits on TD’s Retirement Investment Committee, is a member of the C.D Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council, as well as the American Bankers Association Economic Advisory Committee.

Beata is a passionate supporter of TD’s inclusion and diversity initiatives and has dedicated more than a decade to researching and driving awareness among Canadian policymakers on the labour market friction experienced by women. Her research report, “Get on Board Corporate Canada,” influenced the Ontario Securities Commission’s rule amendments on disclosure of women on boards and in senior management. And, in 2017, Beata was asked to speak at a Senate Open Caucus regarding her report that deconstructed educational and workplace biases of women in STEM fields.

Beata holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics. Prior to joining TD, she worked nearly four years on a trading floor providing economic analysis to foreign exchange, money market and bond desks.

Craig Wright

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President

Craig Wright

As chief economist, Craig leads a team of economists providing economic, fixed income and foreign exchange research to RBC clients. Craig is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications and is a key player in delivering economic analysis to clients and the media through the Economic Department’s regular economic briefings.

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, Craig was appointed Chief Economist in 2001 having joined RBC in 1994 after working at another financial institution for seven years. Craig is a participant in a number of the key RBC internal committees and is a member of the CD Howe Monetary Policy Council, Wilfrid Laurier School of Business and Economic Dean’s Advisory Council and the British Columbia Economic Forecast Council.

Craig and his wife Susan live in Toronto with their three children Emily, Bradley and Jacob.

Douglas Porter

Chief Economist and Managing Director
BMO Financial Group

Douglas Porter

Douglas Porter has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As Chief Economist at BMO Financial Group, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. Mr. Porter manages the team that has won numerous awards including Best Forecaster for Canada by Focus Economics in 2016, top Canadian forecaster by Bloomberg and the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy.

As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television.

Before joining BMO, Mr. Porter held the positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and began his career at the Bank of Canada.

Mr. Porter has been a member of C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008 and serves on the Investment Management Committees of the Bank of Montreal’s Canada Pension Plan and Western’s Endowment Fund. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.

Mr. Porter, CFA, earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Warren Jestin

Senior Vice-President And Chief Economist

Warren Jestin

Dr. Jestin is Scotiabank’s Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979. He has worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several Canadian universities. Warren is Economist in Residence, College of Management & Economics, University of Guelph, and he has served on advisory boards for the University of Guelph and the Sobey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. He has been a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council and been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade. As Chair of Scotiabank’s Sponsorship and Donations Committee, Warren works closely with a wide variety of charitable institutions.

Warren Jestin (Ph. D.) est économiste en chef de la Banque Scotia où il travaille depuis 1979. Il a enseigné dans plusieurs universités canadiennes et a travaillé à la Banque du Canada. Monsieur Jestin a siégé sur plusieurs comités consultatifs, dont celui la Sobey School of Business de l’université Saint Mary’s et à l’université de Guelph, où il est également économiste résident au sein du College of Management & Economics. En outre, monsieur Jestin a siégé au Conseil de politique monétaire de l’Institut CD Howe et a participé aux comités de politique économique des chambres de commerce du Canada et de l’Ontario ainsi que du Toronto Board of Trade. À titre de président du comité dons et parrainage de la Banque Scotia, il collabore étroitement avec de nombreux organismes de bienfaisance canadiens.

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