January 2021

Annual Economic Outlook 2021: Digital Event

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Annual Economic Outlook 2021: Digital Event

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.

Carol Anne Hilton

CEO and Founder
The Indigenomics Institute

Carol Anne Hilton

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics. Carol Anne is a dynamic national Indigenous business leader, author, speaker and senior adviser with an international master’s degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne has led the establishment of a line of thought called #indigenomics- growing from a single word to an entire movement which focuses on the re-building and strengthening of Indigenous economies. Carol Anne is the author of ‘Indigenomics- Taking A Seat at the Economic Table’ and is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University School of Business.

Carol Anne served on the BC Emerging Economy the BC Indigenous Business and Investment Council and was the only Indigenous person appointed to the Canadian Economic Growth Council. Carol Anne currently serves as a Director on the McGill University Institute for the Study of Canada, the BC Digital Supercluster. Carol Anne’s work has been recognized with the 2020 BC Achievement Foundation’s Award of Distinction in Indigenous Business and a national Excellence in Aboriginal Relations Award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA

President & CEO
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA

Carol Wilding was appointed as President & CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in October 2014. In this role, Ms. Wilding leads CPA Ontario, which protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards for integrity and expertise. CPA Ontario serves and supports its more than 85,000 members and 23,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academe.

For seven years, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Ms. Wilding led Canada’s largest urban chamber of commerce and its 12,000 members. She has also served as President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and President of Plan Canada.
Ms. Wilding holds an Honours Bachelor in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She became a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) in 2009.

Ms. Wilding currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Luminato Festival, and sits on the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

For her leadership, Ms. Wilding was named to the Top 100™ list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2010 and as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence™ in 2014. She is a recipient of the Schulich Business School’s Outstanding Public Contribution Alumni Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

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.

Derek Burleton

Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist
TD Bank Group

Derek Burleton

Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the Canadian and U.S. economies. Each year, he travels extensively across Canada and the U.S., speaking at more than 75 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets – including the London Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.
Derek maintains a strong interest in public policy issues and has written substantive reports on health care sustainability, education, and immigration reform. He participates in a number of advisory and steering committees both internal and external to TD Bank Group.
Derek Burleton received his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Derek has more than 20 years of experience as an economist in the financial industry.

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.

Jean-François Perrault

Chief Economist and Senior Vice President

Jean-François Perrault

Jean-François Perrault joined Scotiabank in 2015 as Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist. He leads a team of Economists to support Scotiabank’s domestic and international business lines and clients from retail to capital markets, providing Scotiabank's senior executives, business lines and customers with perspectives, insights and forecasts on economic, financial market and policy developments.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Jean-François held prominent roles with the federal government, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Matthew Wetmore

National Managing Partner - Industries & Regions
PwC Canada

Matthew Wetmore

As the National Managing Partner of PwC’s Industries and Regions, Matthew
oversees PwC Canada’s industries, market segments, large cities and
regional offices and works with leaders to address evolving market trends and
solve important problems and build trust with clients.
From a practice development and client delivery perspective, Matthew
focuses on private equity and pension funds, working with them on
investment theses, deal origination, value creation, and fund management
Prior to his current role, he was the national leader of PwC's energy, utilities,
mining and industrial products (EUMI) practice and led PwC’s Canadian
Strategy & practice.
With more than 25 years of experience, Matthew is a collaborative markets-focused leader who has a strong track record of delivering strategic advice
and practical, value-add solutions to clients in Canada, the US, and the UK.
He has led projects ranging from M&A strategies; business transformation
and cost alignment; risk mitigation; business integration and value creation.
Adding to his practice experience, Matthew acted as an interim VP of finance for a large energy client and prior to joining PwC worked in an energy industry
Matthew graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of
Commerce (with Distinction) and has Canadian CPA, CA and US CPA
(Illinois) designations.

Pattie Lovett-Reid

Chief Financial Commentator
CTV News

Pattie Lovett-Reid

As CTV News’ Chief Financial Commentator, Pattie Lovett-Reid coaches viewers on how to save money, stretch their income, and get the biggest bang for their hard-earned bucks. Lovett-Reid provides weekday financial updates for CTV News Channel, CP24, and regional CTV MORNING LIVE broadcasts across the country.

A highly respected Canadian financial guru, Lovett-Reid also contributes analysis on market-moving business stories to CTV NATIONAL NEWS, and is a regular guest commentator on BNN Bloomberg, CTV’s YOUR MORNING, THE SOCIAL, NEWSTALK1010, and other Bell Media channels.

Lovett-Reid was the host of THE PATTIE LOVETT-REID SHOW on CTV News Channel and CTV, and served as a weekly guest commentator on CANADA AM. A sought-after speaker and commentator on wealth management, she took on the role of Senior Financial Commentator with CTV News in early 2012. Lovett-Reid joined CTV News from TD Waterhouse Canada Inc., where she served as Senior Vice-President.

Lovett-Reid is a Certified Financial Planner, co-author of several national best-selling books, and was awarded with an honorary degree in Applied Studies from Humber College in June 2010. The Financial Planners Standards Council (FPSC) recognized Lovett-Reid with the 2009 Donald J. Johnston Award for her outstanding contribution to the profession of financial planning in Canada. Lovett-Reid also received the 2007 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Award in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters Category.

She speaks English.

Stéfane Marion

Chief Economist and Strategist
National Bank of Canada

Stéfane Marion

Stéfane Marion is Chief Economist and Strategist for National Bank of Canada and National Bank Financial,
a position he has held since November 2008. Mr. Marion is a sought-after speaker on economic trends and
their financial implications and is ranked among the leading economists in Canada according to Brendan
Wood International.

National Bank Financial's Economics and Strategy team is regularly ranked among the top Canadian
forecasters and has won recognition for the accuracy of its projections.

In 2012, the C.D. Howe Institute appointed Mr. Marion to its Monetary Policy Council and to the newly
established Business Cycle Council. He also sits on National Bank Pension Committee.

Mr. Marion joined NBF’s Economics Group in 1999. Previously, Mr. Marion worked for several years in the
federal departments of Finance and Industry in Ottawa, where, in addition to economic analysis and
forecasting, he also worked on microeconomic policy impact studies. In particular, he participated in the
development of forecasting models and the analysis of the FTA and NAFTA free-trade agreements with the
United States and Mexico.

Mr. Marion holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Economics from the Université de Montréal.

Wes Hall

Executive Chairman & Founder
Kingsdale Advisors

Wes Hall

Wes Hall is an established innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As Executive Chairman & Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, he has been named one of Canada’s most powerful business people. He is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading environmental and industrial services provider; and Titan Supply, a top manufacturer and distributor of rigging and wear products serving industries in the oil, construction and transportation sector; and Harbor Club hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, one of St. Lucia’s premier resorts. [In 2009, Wes was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ontario, Canada and, in 2011, received the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. In 2020, Wes was appointed to the Ontario government’s Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, a five-person advisory group of experts tasked to review and modernize the province’s capital markets regulations.]
Wes is also known for generosity, leveraging his business success to benefit others with a number of impactful charitable initiatives. He is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative, committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians.
He is also a director of SickKids Foundation and a board member of Pathways to Education and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Wes has also changed the lives of thousands of children in the Caribbean, donating both his money and time. In 2015, Wes was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award and in 2017 received an honorary doctorate, both from the University of the West Indies.

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