29th Annual

Economic Outlook Forum Presented by National Bank

Friday, January 19, 2018
7:15 AM
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Schedule:Registration & Buffet Breakfast:  7:15 - 7:45 a.m.
Program: 7:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch:  1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

We are pleased to announce our 29th Annual Economic Outlook Forum Presented by National Bank.

Each year this event provides our region's business leaders a detailed and insightful look at the year ahead by blending local, national and international perspectives. It's the kind of practical conversation our Members expect as they review their own plans for the coming year making it one of the most influential days of the year and one of the "must-attend" events on the 2018 business calendar.

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2018 Economic and Financial Outlook

Highlighting what Canadians and British Columbians can expect from their economies in the coming year.

Stefan Marion

Stéfane Marion
Chief Economist and Strategist, Executive Vice-President, Financial Markets, National Bank of Canada

Mr. Marion is a sought-after speaker on economic trends and their financial implications and is ranked among the leading economists in Canada according to Brendan Wood International.

National Bank Financial's Economics and Strategy team is regularly ranked among the top Canadian forecasters and has won recognition for the accuracy of its projections.

In 2012, the C.D. Howe Institute appointed Mr. Marion to its Monetary Policy Council and to the newly established Business Cycle Council. He also sits on National Bank Pension Committee.

Mr. Marion joined NBF's Economics Group in 1999. Previously, Mr. Marion worked for several years in the federal departments of Finance and Industry in Ottawa, where, in addition to economic analysis and forecasting, he also worked on microeconomic policy impact studies. In particular, he participated in the development of forecasting models and the analysis of the FTA and NAFTA free-trade agreements with the United States and Mexico.

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Special Speaker

Dr. Daniel Muzyka

Dr. Daniel Muzyka
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

Session 1

A changing province: Policy and the economy

Analysing the impacts of the new government. Exploring topics such as tax changes, minimum wage, labour and environmental policy.

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Shachi Kurl, Executive Director, Angus Reid Institute
Kevin Milligan, Professor of Economics, Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia
Ken Peacock, Chief Economist and Vice President, Business Council of British Columbia
Moderator: Hayley Woodin, Multimedia Reporter, Business in Vancouver

Session 2

The importance of our rural economy

Highlighting the diversity of the rural economy and its changing dynamics relative to the Lower Mainland.


Chief Corrina Leween, Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Vice Chair, First Nations Major Projects Coalition
Jeremy Dunn, Executive Director, BC Salmon Farmers Association
Chris Pettypiece, Director, Business Strategy Development, TELUS
Susannah Pierce, External Affairs Director, LNG Canada
Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO, Council of Forest Industries (COFI)
Moderator: Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works

Session 3

The evolving regional economy

Discussing the state and future of our Greater Vancouver's industrial makeup.


Craig Hemer, Partner, Boyden Vancouver
Kirsten Sutton, Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada and Global Head of Engineering, SAP Jam
Duncan Wilson, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Moderator: Iain Black, ICD.D, President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

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