Speaker Profiles

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch

Chief Economist

ATB Financial

Todd received a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. Since 1993 he has held a series of economist positions at the Canada West Foundation, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Bank of Canada. He joined ATB Financial in May 2007 as Chief Economist.

He is a regular business columnist for the Globe and Mail, and provides economic commentary for CBC, CTV, and other news media outlets.

He’s been recognized as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine, and was recently honoured by the federal government with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014 he was appointed to the Alberta Economic Development Authority, and to the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary.

In February 2012, Todd released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline.

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