For forty-six 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 Sabrina Maddeaux, Columnist, National Post 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.
Host, Taking Stock, Bell Media
Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 25 years. Lang is the host of Taking Stock, a weekly national television program airing across multiple Bell Media networks including BNN Bloomberg, CP24 and CTV News Channel. Taking Stock also airs as a weekly podcast and on the iHeart radio network. She was previously host of Bloomberg Markets, a global program airing in Canada on BNN Bloomberg and on the Bloomberg Television network globally. Prior to that, Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program airing on CBC News Network. For five years before that Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, with Kevin O’Leary. And prior to that the pair co-hosted SqueezePlay, on BNN, for 6 years.
Lang studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, before becoming a journalist. Her first job in journalism was for the Globe and Mail, and subsequently Lang joined the Financial Post newspaper, where she became the paper’s New York correspondent. In New York she made the leap to television, where she first was part of the team that launched BNN and before long wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor.
Lang is a senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Lang is chair of the board of directors of Covenant House Toronto, the largest agency in Canada serving homeless and at-risk youth.
Lang is also a best-selling author. “The Power of Why,” (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. “The Beauty of Discomfort” (HarperCollins, April 2017) examines how difficult change can be, and set out strategies for how to achieve it.
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
Dennis Mitchell joined Starlight Capital in March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry and has held executive positions with Sprott Asset Management, serving as Senior Vice-President and Senior Portfolio Manager, and Sentry Investments, serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer.
Mr. Mitchell received the Brendan Wood International Canadian TopGun Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the Brendan Wood International 2012 Canadian TopGun Team Leader Award. He also received the Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Enterprise in 2020 and the Black Business and Professionals Association’s Harry Jerome President’s Award in 2021.
Mr. Mitchell holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator designations and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2002 and an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998.
Mr. Mitchell currently sits on the Board of the Toronto Foundation and is Co-Founder and Director of the Black Opportunity Fund.
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.
Columnist, National Post
Sabrina is a columnist for the National Post, where she’s known for her bold opinions on topics from politics to pop culture, economics and equality. Her columns regularly run on the paper’s front page and are considered must-reads for the millennial perspective on Canada’s political landscape. Sabrina is also a frequent on-air commentator, and has appeared on CP24, Breakfast Television, ET Canada, TVO’s The Agenda, CityLine, and many other broadcasts. She’s the recipient of multiple National Magazine Awards and Canadian Online Publishing Awards, as well as a Webby Award.