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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
12:00 PM
 - 1:00 PM

Economic Outlook in Uncertain Times

Craig Alexander (Deloitte), Armine Yalnizyan (Atkinson Foundation) and Avery Shenfeld (CIBC), moderated by Andrea Mandel-Campbell (NATIONAL Public Relations)
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What Does Canada's Recovery Look Like and How Long Will it Take?

As many parts of Canada grapple with a second wave of COVID-19, the future appears more uncertain than ever. Many businesses, from retail to travel and hospitality, continue to struggle as the economic opening is dialed back. Others, however, are booming. Amazon is hiring, the stock market is seeing a rush of new tech stock listings, and gold miners are literally printing cash.

What does Canada’s economic recovery look like? Is it a W, a U, an L or K – where some parts of the economy bounce back and others do not? What time frame should we be thinking about in terms of recovery, and what factors will most affect our ability to rebound? Join Canadian Club Toronto on October 20th as our expert panelists Craig Alexander (Deloitte), Armine Yalnizyan (Atkinson Fellow) and Avery Shenfeld (CIBC), moderated by Andrea Mandel-Campbell (NATIONAL Public Relations), unpack these questions and discuss their forecasts for Canada’s economic recovery.

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Craig Alexander
Partner and 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 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.

Armine Yalnizyan
Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers

Economist Armine Yalnizyan is the Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers. She served as Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the Deputy Minister at Employment and Social Development Canada from 2018 to 2019. She helped lead the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Inequality Project from 2008 to 2017, and provided weekly business commentaries on CBC radio and CBC TV from 2011 to 2018. She is past President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics.

Avery Shenfeld
Managing Director and Chief Economist, CIBC

Avery Shenfeld is Managing Director and Chief Economist at CIBC, having been with the firm since 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. A sought after commentator with a focus on North America, Avery follows economic developments and their implications for financial and asset markets. He is a six time winner of the Dow Jones Market Watch award for most accurate forecaster of the US economy. Most recently, he was recognized as the top forecaster of the Canadian economy by Consensus Economics for two consecutive years, and was the top ranked economist in a survey of institutional investors. His prior background includes experience in management consulting, on the economics faculty at the University of Toronto, and lecturing in the summer program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Andrea Mandel-Campbell
Senior Vice-President, Financial and Crisis Communications, NATIONAL Public Relations

Andrea is Senior Vice-President, Financial and Crisis Communications at NATIONAL Public Relations. She provides an integrated service offering that combines deep investor relations experience with strategic communications, media relations and crisis and issues management.

Andrea was previously Senior Vice-President with New York-based global CEO advisory firm, Teneo, and Vice-President of Corporate Communications at Kinross Gold Corporation. A former correspondent for the Financial Times of London and BNN anchor, Andrea is author of the iconic Canadian business book, ‘Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson.’