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Michael Burt
 
Michael Burt
Executive Director, Global, Industrial and Education Economics

Michael Burt leads several knowledge areas at The Conference Board of Canada, including industrial analysis, education, energy, innovation, and security. In his role, Michael oversees the convening and research activities that these knowledge centers undertake and is a spokesperson for the Conference Board. He provides presentations on a variety of topics to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

Michael joined the Conference Board in 2004 and has moved progressively into more senior positions since. Before joining the Board, he worked with an economic consulting firm in the United States. Michael has more than 20 years of experience conducting and leading research activities.

Todd Crawford
 
Todd Crawford
Associate Director, Industrial Economic Trends, Forecasting and Analysis

Since joining The Conference Board of Canada in 2006, Todd has worked in a number of areas and has moved into increasingly senior roles within the organization. He is currently a member of the Conference Board's Industrial Economic Trends research group where he conducts industry-specific research on a wide variety of issues including: labour market supply and demand, profitability, public policy, and a variety of economic impact and footprint studies. He is also a regular spokesperson for the Conference Board, providing input to both national and international media on a wide variety of topics related to his on-going research and the Canadian economy in general. He is also the author of the Conference Board's monthly, Index of Consumer Confidence and is a regular contributor to the annual review of the Federal Budget.

In the past, Todd has also been responsible for forecasting all matters related to Canada's energy sector, including contributions to the quarterly Canadian Outlook and Alberta's provincial Outlook. He was also previously responsibile for the semi-annual forecast of Canada's oil and gas extraction industry, and remains a regular participant at conferences to Canadian and North American energy policy.

Todd has a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick and an M.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

Robert Meyer-Robinson
 
Robert Meyer-Robinson
Economist, Industrial Economic Trends

Robert Meyer-Robinson joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2015 as an Economist within the Industrial Economic Trends group. In this role, Robert is responsible for overseeing and producing economic forecasts and analysis for several Canadian industries including wood product manufacturing, paper product manufacturing, food manufacturing, and food services. In addition, Robert conducts custom research for public and private sector clients, touching on topics including labour shortages in agriculture, supply-chain analysis, and Canada-U.S. trade relations. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in economics and German from Queen's University, and a Master's degree in economics from Carleton University.

Richard Forbes
 
Richard Forbes
Economist, Industrial Outlook, Trade and Investment

Richard Forbes joined the Conference Board in 2016 as an economist on the Industrial Economic Trends team. Richard is responsible for performing research, contributing analysis on a wide range of industries across the Canadian economy and writing some of the group's publications. Before joining the Conference Board, Richard spent time as a quantitative analyst at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, assisting with vetting procedures within the organization's Model Validation Group.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in economics from Western University as well as a Master's degree in economics from McMaster University where he specialized in International Trade and Labour economics.

Klaus Edenhoffer
 
Klaus Edenhoffer
Senior Economist I, Energy Portfolio, Industrial Economics

Klaus is an Economist in the Industrial Economic Trends group. He is in charge of the analysis of various industries with a focus on the energy sector. Klaus also provides research on energy related topics to the national and provincial forecasting teams. In addition, he supports and provides leadership on custom research projects.

Klaus joined the Conference Board in 2014 as Economist in the Conference Board's Canadian Tourism Research Institute, where he was responsible for monitoring travel to and within Canada. Apart from producing the bi-monthly newsletter and a range of forecasting products, Klaus also conducted economic research and analysis for custom projects in the areas travel and tourism, labour economics and health economics.

Before working for the Conference Board, Klaus was an Instructor at Algonquin College, where he was teaching courses in geography and statistics in the School of Hospitality and Tourism. He completed an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in geography at Simon Fraser University. Klaus is from Germany, where he graduated with distinction from an M.A-equivalent program in geography, economics and statistics at Regensburg University.

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