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Dec 16

Lagging Canadian Capital Investment: Prosperity at Risk

C.D. Howe Institute

Roundtable Luncheon with Craig Alexander, James W. Hinton and William Robson

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Our panelists will debate how reduced capital investment has limited Canadian workers’ ability to increase production, earn higher wages and undermine competitiveness. How do we compare to the United States and OECD and which sectors are in need of a boost, and which ones can we build upon? Which policies should be implemented to increase capital investment around the country, fueling growth, investments and prosperity?

Craig Alexander, Chief Economist, Deloitte Canada

Craig Alexander is the first Chief Economist at Deloitte Canada. Craig has over 20 years of experience in the private sector as a senior executive and leading economist in applied economics, forecasting and public policy. He has previously held positions as Chief Economist at TD Bank Financial Group and Vice President Economic Analysis at C.D. Howe Institute. Most recently, Craig served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at The Conference Board of Canada, producing macroeconomic forecasts for the Canadian national economy as well as provinces, territories, cities and industries. Craig is a passionate public speaker on economic and public policy issues.  Craig holds a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.


James W. Hinton, Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Founder, Own Innovation

James Hinton is the founder of Own Innovation and a proud supporter of Canadian technology companies.  In addition to being an IP lawyer, he is both a patent and trademark agent before the Canadian IP Office, and works directly for Canadian companies with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

He is also a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where he studies IP and innovation policy. ​Jim also has a background in mechanical engineering, and worked in heavy truck manufacturing and fiberglass project management, before law school.  Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University (Go Marauders!) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto.

Jim loves to talk about IP – he is an assistant professor at Western University where he teaches engineers all about IP.  He's also a huge advocate of pro bono (free!) legal services and work with entrepreneurs locally and nationally at incubators and accelerators on IP and IP strategy.  Finally, he works closely with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Canada’s Innovation initiatives and Canada’s national IP strategy.


William Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute

Bill Robson took office as President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute in July 2006, after serving as the Institute’s Senior Vice President since 2003 and Director of Research since 2000. He has written more than 230 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues. His work has won awards from the Policy Research Secretariat, the Canadian Economics Association, and the Donner Canadian Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a member of the Panel of Senior Advisors to the Auditor General of Ontario and the Ifo World Economic Survey expert group, and a regular commentator on BNN/Bloomberg. Bill taught public finance and public policy at the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2003, and currently teaches a Master’s level course in public finance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.


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