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Navigating the Markets

Navigating the Markets

Jean Boivin, Jean-Fran├žois Perrault, and Kim Shannon, moderated by Howard GreenNew Predictions for a Financial World in Flux
Wed, Feb 28, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
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Fairmont Royal York

100 Front Street West

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Global stock markets have stumbled this month, and investors of all demographics are dealing with the uncertainty. Governments are taking on debt and re-examining tax policies. How can Canadians overcome and invest wisely in new-economy activity? How can we attract the attention of global markets for sustainable long-term investment?

Join us on February 28 when expert panelists, Jean Boivin (Managing Director, Head of Economic and Markets Research, BlackRock), Jean-François Perrault (Chief Economist, Scotiabank), and Kim Shannon (President & Co-Chief Investment Officer, Sionna), moderated by Howard Green (Bestselling Author & Award-Winning Broadcaster) provide some context and advice to navigating the markets.

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Jean Boivin

Managing Director, Head of Economic and Markets Research, BlackRock

Jean Boivin, PhD, Managing Director is Head of Economic and Markets Research at the Blackrock Investment Institute, a global platform which leverages BlackRock's global expertise to generate insights that augment their ability to create a better financial future for their clients.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Dr. Boivin served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada and then Associate Deputy Finance Minister and Finance Canada's representative at the G7, G20 and Financial Stability Board. Dr. Boivin has also taught at INSEAD, HEC Montreal and Columbia Business School and has written widely on macroeconomics, monetary policy and finance.

Dr. Boivin earned a B.Sc. degree in economics from the Universite de Montreal in 1995, an MA in economics from Princeton University in 1997 and a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 2000.


Jean-François Perrault

Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank

Jean-François Perrault joined Scotiabank on December 31, 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. His educational background includes Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Economics from the University of Ottawa.


Kim Shannon

President & Co-Chief Investment Officer, Sionna

Kim founded Sionna in 2002 and has more than 35 years of industry experience. She is the President and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Sionna, and was previously Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Canada. Kim serves as a board member with the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and is the Chair of its Governance Committee. She is also on the board for the Brandes Institute, the Ontario Arts Foundation, United Corporation (a listed closed-end fund), a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council and the CFA Institute Board of Regents (she previously served as its chair) and is a past president of the CFA Society Toronto. She was awarded Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year (2005), the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award, the Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (2007, 2017), continuously listed as one of Profit Magazine’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs over the last several years and a recipient of the 2015 Rotman Women in Management Association Top 10 Awards (Entrepreneur Category).


Howard Green

Bestselling Author & Award-Winning Broadcaster

Howard Green spent thirty-three years as a broadcast journalist, working as a correspondent, producer, documentary director, and host. He’s best known as a founding anchor at BNN, where he hosted the flagship interview program, Headline. 

Howard has received major recognition for his work, including the Gemini Award, and has been nominated for two Emmys in the United States.  As an author, he’s written two bestsellers, Banking on America about TD’s expansion into the United States, and most recently, Distilled, co-authored with the heir to the Seagram whisky fortune, Charles Bronfman. The latter was a finalist for the National Business Book Award. 

At present, Howard is working on his third book, a biography of legendary railroad CEO Hunter Harrison, who passed away in December.  The book will be published in September. 

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