For forty-five seasons, Canadian Club Toronto and the National Post have gathered expert panelists each New Year for a forecast luncheon on the economy, the markets and political issues that will affect Canadians in the year ahead.
This year’s expert panel will be moderated by Bruce Sellery, CBC Money Columnist & CEO, Credit Canada, and will feature:
Editor-in-Chief, Financial Post
Kevin Carmichael is the Editor-in-Chief at the Financial Post and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. For more than a decade, Kevin shifted between Ottawa and Washington, DC, writing about economics and politics for Bloomberg News and the Globe and Mail. In 2014, he moved to Mumbai, taking advantage of opportunity to get a different vantage point on global affairs. He returned to Canada in 2016 and is currently based in Montreal. Kevin also has written for Canadian Business, Maclean’s, FiveThirtyEight, and NBC News. He has been described as one of Canada’s leading business journalists, contributing to several award-winning projects at the Globe and earning a nomination for a Canadian National Magazine in Canada in 2010. He won gold in commentary in SABEW Canada’s Best in Business competition in 2019 and an honourable mention in the same category in 2020.
Columnist, National Post
Matt is a columnist with the National Post Comment section and was comment editor for 11 years. He also served as host of National Post Radio and worked at Global News.
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank
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.
Anchor & Reporter, BNN Bloomberg
Amanda Lang rejoined BNN Bloomberg in January 2018, returning to the channel she helped create almost 19 years earlier. As New York correspondent, she was a key part of the team that launched BNN Bloomberg’s predecessor, ROBTV, in 1999.
Lang has been covering business news in North America for 20 years. She started her journalism career at The Globe and Mail and then the National Post, before moving into television with ROBTV and then CNN.
Lang returned to BNN Bloomberg/ROBTV in 2002 as anchor of the network’s flagship morning show before creating and hosting SQUEEZEPLAY, a nightly issues-driven debate show with Kevin O’Leary. In 2009, Lang left BNN Bloomberg to join the CBC as its senior business correspondent. Most recently she worked as an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada.
Lang studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before becoming a journalist. Her best-selling book, The Power of Why, (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. Her second book, The Beauty of Discomfort, was published in 2017.
Portfolio Manager and Founder, Iris Asset Management
Juliette John is founder and portfolio manager of the Calgary-based equity investment firm, Iris Asset Management, which she founded in 2013.
Juliette entered the capital markets industry in 1993 on the trading desk at a domestic chartered bank. In 1994, she joined Franklin Templeton Investments, then Bissett & Associates, as an Equity Trader. Over the next sixteen years, Juliette had a successful career in security analysis and asset management. She was involved in the growth of the firm including the number and size of the portfolios under her management, which reached over $4 billion.
She and her team at Iris are primarily focused on fundamental research-driven equity mandates for institutional clients.
Juliette graduated from University of Calgary in 1992 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and was awarded her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1998.
CEO, Credit Canada Debt Solutions
Bruce Sellery is the CEO of Credit Canada, the longest-standing non-profit credit counselling agency in the country. He is also the Money Expert for the lifestyle TV show Cityline, has a weekly, national money column for CBC Radio, and hosts a weekly radio show on personal finance for SiriusXM.
Prior to his role at Credit Canada, Bruce was a commentator for CBC Television’s The Exchange, wrote a column for MoneySense Magazine, hosted Million Dollar Neighbourhood on the Oprah Winfrey Network and was a sought-after keynote speaker on personal finance. He also consulted to major financial institutions on innovation in financial literacy.
Bruce has written two Globe & Mail bestselling books including, “Moolala: Why smart people do dumb things with money (and what you can do about it)” and spent a decade as an anchor for BNN Bloomberg in Toronto and New York City.
He serves on the Board of Venture for Canada, and the Advisory Board of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, his alma mater. He is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference, former Chair of Friends of Adoption Options, and former President of the Canadian Club of Toronto.
Bruce lives with his husband and daughter in Toronto.
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