Third Annual Economist Breakfast & Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – 7:30-9:30am
– Breakfast & Networking – 7:30am
– Panel Discussion & Q&A – 8:00-9:30am
Ernst & Young Tower, 100 Adelaide Street West, 40th Floor,  Toronto, ON
Member Fee:  $20+HST; Non-Member Fee: $25+HST

You are cordially invited to an intimate gathering where you will hear Bay Street’s leading Chief and Deputy Economists discuss the hot economic topics of the day. From global tariffs to rising interest rates and everything in between, we’ve got it covered! This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with some of the most high profile and respected names in Canadian economics. Seating capacity is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

Panel Members

Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director, BMO Financial Group

Douglas has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As Chief Economist, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. Mr. Porter manages the team that has won numerous awards including Best Forecaster for Canada by Focus Economics in 2016, top Canadian forecaster by Bloomberg and the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy.

As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television.

Douglas has been a member of C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008 and serves on the Investment Management Committees of the Bank of Montreal’s Canada Pension Plan and Western’s Endowment Fund. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.

Jean-François Perrault, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank Financial Group

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-Francois held prominent roles with the federal government, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Group

Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the U.S., Canadian and global economies and financial markets. Each year, he travels extensively across Canada, speaking at more than 75 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets – including the London Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.

Derek maintains a strong interest in public policy issues, and has written substantive reports on health care sustainability, education and immigration reform. He participates in a number of advisory and steering committees both internal and external to TD Bank Group and currently serves on the Queen’s University Council and the Board of the Toronto Association of Business Economists (TABE).

Derek Burleton received his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Derek has more than 15 years of experience as an economist in the financial industry.

Dawn Desjardins, Vice President, Deputy Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Canada

Dawn Desjardins joined the RBC Economics team in January 2006. She is a key contributor to the macroeconomic forecasts for Canada and the U.S. and is part of a team that is responsible for the interest rate forecasts for both countries. Dawn delivers economic analysis to RBC’s clients through a variety of publications and presentations. She is often interviewed by media from across North America to discuss developments in the economy and financial markets.

Prior to joining RBC, Dawn worked as a reporter for Bloomberg Financial News in Toronto covering the Canadian bond and currency markets and was the Canadian bond market strategist for a major U.S. bank for ten years. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Panel Moderator

Mark Dechert, Programs Committee Co-Chair, RMA Toronto Chapter, Meridian Credit Union

Hosted by Ernst & Young LLP

We look forward to seeing you there

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