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Sep 09

The Outlook for Canada’s Recovery

Webinar with Craig Alexander, Douglas Porter, and Craig Wright

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The C.D. Howe Institute invites you to join us on September 9 to hear a panel of experts review the short-term outlook for global and Canadian growth. Panelists will examine key challenges confronting Canada in the COVID-19 economic recovery and the complex interplay of macroeconomic factors impacting growth.

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact events@cdhowe.org to register.

Craig Alexander, Partner & Chief Economist, Deloitte LLP

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 and forecasting. He has previously held positions as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at TD Bank Financial Group; Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at The Conference Board of Canada; and Vice President Economic Analysis at C.D. Howe. He has strong background in macroeconomic and financial forecasting.  Craig is a passionate public speaker who has crossed the United States and Canada discussing financial and policy issues facing the countries, as well as evaluations of their economies. Craig holds a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.


Douglas Porter, Chief Economist, BMO Financial Group

Douglas Porter has over 25 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. He excels in interpreting and communicating the impact of key economic and financial data for businesses, and was identified as the best economic forecaster in Canada for the prior two years by Bloomberg in May 2012.

In his role as Chief Economist at BMO Capital Markets, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and is co-author of the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. Douglas manages the team that won the prestigious 2010 Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy during the tumultuous 2006 to 2009 period.

As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, Douglas is often quoted in the national press and is interviewed regularly on radio and television. He is also known for bringing to light the most serious error on record by Statistics Canada (in the consumer price index) and for first highlighting the large price gaps on many consumer goods between Canada and the US.

Before joining BMO Capital Markets, Douglas held positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and also worked in the Research Department at the Bank of Canada.

Douglas has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1995 and earned a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Association of Business and Economics since 1996, and has been a member of the C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008. Douglas also serves on the Investment Management Committee of the Bank of Montreal’s Pension Fund Society.


Craig Wright, Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist, RBC

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 Economics 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 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, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, 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.

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