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Meet Our Team

Pedro Antunes
 
Pedro Antunes
Chief Economist

Pedro Antunes is the Chief Economist at The Conference Board of Canada. Pedro is responsible for managing a team of economists in producing medium and long-term economic forecasts along with other economic indicators and reports. He is a spokesperson for The Conference Board of Canada and delivers presentations on the forecast to clients and the public and is often cited in the media.

Pedro joined The Conference Board of Canada as an economist in 1991 after working with the Canadian Forecasting Group at the Bank of Canada. He has moved progressively into more senior positions since joining the Board. Prior to his current role, Pedro was Deputy Chief Economist of the Conference Board's National and Provincial forecast team; and was responsible for custom research work and economic analysis.

In addition to the regular forecast publications, Pedro has been researching the impact of demographic change on the fiscal sustainability of health care, productivity, and long-term economic growth. He also worked on several international projects, helping decision-makers in Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and Ukraine develop appropriate forecasting and policy analysis tools.

Matthew Stewart
 
Matthew Stewart
Director, National Forecast, Forecasting and Analysis

As Director of Economics, Matthew Stewart oversees the production of the Conference Board's Canadian Outlook publication, a quarterly report on Canada's economy, the Conference Board's Fiscal Snapshot reports, a series of reports that review of the finances and budget of each province and the Canadian Long-term Economic Outlook, a bi-annual report that details the long-term outlook for the Canadian economy. Matthew is also responsible for overseeing custom research projects on a variety of topics. Recent projects include a demand and supply model for physicians based on disease risk factors, disease incidence, prevalence, and mortality for over 250 diseases. Another recent project estimated the economic impact of a carbon tax and the cost of achieving Canada's Paris commitment. Matthew has also overseen several large international projects. Recently, he led several missions to Indonesia where he trained government officials and industry on factors that could affect and improve trade with Canada.

Matt has a M.A. (Economics) from McMaster University and a B.A. (Honours Economics) from The University of Western Ontario.

Kareem El-Assal
 
Kareem El-Assal
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration

Kareem El-Assal oversees the Conference Board's immigration practice. This includes managing the National Immigration Centre, custom immigration research, the annual Canadian Immigration Summit, and the Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit. Kareem's research covers various areas including the economic impact of immigration, immigrant selection and settlement, international students, temporary foreign workers, intergovernmental relations, and business immigration programs.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Kareem worked for the Mission of Canada to the European Union, the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, Porter Novelli Brussels, and the International Service for Human Rights in Switzerland. He has also worked for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Sara Rose Taylor
 
Sara Rose Taylor
Research Associate II, Immigration

Sara Rose Taylor is a Research Associate in the Conference Board's National Immigration Centre. Her research interests include entrepreneur and investor immigration, care migration, global migration governance, migrant networks, and gender equality.

Prior to joining the Board, Sara worked for Wilfrid Laurier University and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Daniel Fields
 
Daniel Fields
Economist, National Forecast

Daniel joined the National Economic Forecast team in 2013. His key responsibilities include monitoring the fiscal situation within the various levels of government and contributing to a wide variety of ongoing fiscal projects such as the Fiscal Snapshots Series. These reports look at the current condition of provincial economics and their government's fiscal challenges by providing a short- and medium term outlook in areas such as tax revenue and federal transfers as well as spending in key categories such as health care and education. This analysis feeds into the provincial forecast, where Daniel completes the output forecast for government spending. Daniel also completes the outlook for Prince Edward Island.

Daniel received his M.A. in economics from Queen's University, and also holds a B.Math. in economics and statistics from Carleton University.

Jo-Leen Folz
 
Jo-Leen Folz
Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Economics

Jo-Leen is the Administrative and Meetings Coordinator for the Global Commerce Centre as well as the National Immigration Centre. Jo-Leen coordinates the Centre's yearly meetings, acts as a member liaison and provides administrative support for all Centre activities and research. In addition to her roles within the two Centre's, Jo-Leen also provides administrative support to the Canadian Tourism Research Institute, Economics Department and is the back-up to Executive Assistant to the Vice-President & Chief Economist.

Jo-Leen is a college graduate with over 15 years of work experience in office administration and project coordination.


Upcoming Events

Winning the Immigration Conversation
March 5–6, 2019 | Vancouver

Canadian Immigration Summit 2019
May 8–9, 2019 | Ottawa

Recent Events

Entrepreneur & Investor Immigration Summit 2018
Nov. 27–28, 2018 | Ottawa

Learning from the Manitoba Experience
Nov. 1–2, 2018 | Winnipeg

Canadian Immigration Summit 2018
May 30–31 | Ottawa


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Contact Us

Kareem El-Assal
Senior Research Associate II and Senior Network Manager, Immigration
613-526-3090x289
Email imageelassal@conferenceboard.ca

Jo-Leen Folz
Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Economics
613-526-3090 x493
Email imagefolz@conferenceboard.ca