OEA: The Economic Outlook for 2018​

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Wednesday 24 January 2018, 11:45 - 14:00


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The Economic Outlook for 2018​
Frances Donald
Senior Economist
Manulife Asset Management Limited
Jean-François Perrault
Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist
2017 was a great year for the Canadian economy, posting the fastest growth rate among the G7. Unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in nearly a decade while rising consumer confidence and low interest rates have contributed to strong growth in household consumption. Unfortunately these trends are unlikely to persist. The OECD predicts that Canada’s growth rate will slow to just 2.1 per cent in 2018. The Advisory Council on Economic Growth, looking ahead much further, says that GDP growth will likely average only 1.5 per cent over the next 50 years.

Was 2017 an anomaly? Join the Ottawa Economics Association to hear from leading economists on their outlook for the Canadian economy in 2018 and beyond.

WHEN:          Wednesday, January 24, 2018
                      11:45 a.m. – Registration and networking

                      12:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch followed by presentation      


WHERE:        Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Laurier Room
                      1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

COST:            OEA Members - $50 prepaid on-line; $80 at the door.

                        Non-members - $75 prepaid on-line; $100 at the door.

                        OEA Student members - $25 prepaid on-line; $30 at the door.

                        Table of 8 - $525 prepaid on-line.



Payment at the door subject to availability given space limitations and is via cash or cheque only. Tables of 8 must be purchased online in advance. Online prices do not include HST. To receive on-line discount, on-line payment must be made at the time of registration. OEA Payment Guidelines are available under OEA Chapter Information at www.cabe.ca.


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Frances Donald
Senior Economist
Manulife Asset Management Limited

Frances Donald is a senior economist at Manulife Asset Management. As part of the economic team, she forecasts global macro-economic and financial trends and analyzes the potential opportunities and impacts on the company’s individual business lines and investments. Prior to joining Manulife, she worked as a financial economist for Scotiabank in Toronto, and before that as a global macro analyst for Pavilion Global Markets in Montreal. Earlier in her career, she held various positions at Deloitte, Roubini Global Economics and Bank of Canada.

Jean-François Perrault

Jean-François Perrault
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President

Jean-François Perrault joined Scotiabank on December 31, 2015 as Senior Vice-President and Chief
Economist. He manages a team of Economists to support Scotiabank’s domestic and international business lines, providing Scotiabank's senior executives, partners and customers from retail to capital markets with economic perspectives, insights and forecasts.

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. His educational background includes Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Economics from the University of Ottawa.