Economy Speakers

Andrew Au


President and Co-Founder, Intercept Group


John Baird


Former Minister of Foreign Affairs


Dambisa Moyo


Global Economist


Dr. Sherry Cooper


Former Chief Economist, BMO Financial Group


Katty Kay


Lead Anchor, BBC World News America


Kevin O’Leary


Shark Tank & Dragon’s Den


Linda Nazareth


Author, Economorphics: The Trends Turning Today into Tomorrow


Adam Davidson


Writer at The New Yorker


How is Canada’s economy preparing for the future? What will the economic issues of the future be? Where are the challenges, and where the opportunities? Will Canada remain an energy superpower? Are we prepared to handle the jobs of the future? Talent Bureau works with the leading economy speakers who are equipped to provide the essential answers to all your burning questions.


What is an economy? Broadly speaking, it’s an arena where goods and services are exchanged; it need not be physical, and it need not be universal. There are myriad ways of measuring the success of an economy; it can be measured in GDP, or by the percentage of people who participate in the economy, or how well it distributes resources based on need. Economic success is often defined by the bottom line, but could also be defined by how green your economy is, or how much happiness it brings to its participants. There are economies without much real-world impact at all; consider the video game economies that have emerged from games like World of Warcraft and EVE, and you’ll see that we have new micro-arenas in which we can experiment with economic principles.


What, then, is the economy? You might define it as being the sum total of all economic action on the planet. Consider how complicated it is to analyze just a slice of this larger pie, and you’ll understand how incredibly nuanced, confounding and difficult to evaluate the overall course of the economy. The trick is, you need to be able to evaluate it, if only in a shallow way; if the world’s economy is booming or busting, it can have significant impact on your business, especially if you have complex international supply chains. Changes to trade agreements, national elections, natural disasters and animal spirits can all change the layout of the overall economy. Sometimes it can feel like you’re doing the work of a diviner when you’re trying to discern which trends are important to follow; charts strewn about on tables and walls, monitors flickering with stock tickers and streaming news, you in the middle, trying to figure out what it all means. What’s the best way of investing in China’s booming economy, or will state controls bring it down? What is a market economy, really? When does deregulation help, and when does it hurt? Where should you invest?


These questions and more are unpacked by our incredible speakers, who have found success through their own knowledge and research about various economies. Dan Gardner, author of Superforecasting knows a thing or two about the difference between tried-and-true methods and crystal ball quacks; he’ll teach you how to use multiple analytical lenses and think like a fox. Dr. Dambisa Moyo, renowned expert in global economics, invites you to explore how growth can be restored in countries where it’s flagging, and how to expand the growth to developing nations. Dr. Sherry Cooper, former chief economist of BMO Financial, analyzes how Baby Boomers retiring will affect the labour market and overall economy.


There are numerous other speakers available, each with their own economic expertise and perspective on the state of global markets. These are not Cassandran predictions of  misfortune without teeth; they will provide you will hard data, new methods of thinking, and new analytical lenses you can use to better evaluate the state of the economy overall. You’ll also learn how to better evaluate the markets where your products and services thrive; your own micro-economies.


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