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MEMBER FORUM: Economic & Political Outlook

January 30 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Please join us for what is sure to be a vibrant and constructive discussion on the year ahead. Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc., will provide an economic outlook and Jason Lietaer, President of Enterprise Canada, will offer an overview of the Canadian political landscape.


7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast and networking

8:00 – 8:10 Opening remarks and introductions

8:10 – 8:50 Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets

8:50 – 9:30 Jason Lietaer, President of Enterprise Canada

9:30 – 10:00 Q&A

10:00 Adjourn

Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets

Mr. Tal is responsible for analyzing economic developments and their implications for North American fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and commodities markets. He also acts in an advisory capacity to bank officers on issues related to wealth management, household/corporate credit and risk. Well-known for his ground-breaking published research on topics such as labour market dynamics, real estate, credit markets, international trade and business economic conditions, Mr. Tal not only contributes to the conversation, but frequently sets the agenda.

He has close to 20 years’ experience in the private sector advising clients, industry leaders, corporate boards, trade associations, and governments on economic and financial issues. National and global media regularly seek him out for his insight and analysis on economic issues that impact financial markets, consumers, corporations and public policy. He is also a frequent lecturer in the economic programs of various Canadian universities.

Mr. Tal is a member of the Economic Committee of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Development Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade. He is also a member of the board of Governors of Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, and a board member of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.

Jason Lietaer, President of Enterprise Canada

Specializing in branding, crisis response, issues management and strategic communications, Mr. Lietaer plays a leading role in developing and executing winning outreach strategies to help clients achieve success in the public policy arena. He draws on his extensive experience working in senior government roles and inside campaign war rooms for federal and provincial elections.

Mr. Lietaer is the former Executive Director of the Conservative Resource Group, reporting to the Prime Minister and providing cutting-edge research, marketing and communications tools to the federal Conservative caucus. He has extensive experience on Parliament Hill in the Prime Minister’s Office and at Queen’s Park, including in senior positions in the Premier’s office and with a senior cabinet minister. Mr. Lietaer is also a regular political commentator for a number of national media outlets including CBC, CTV, Macleans, Everything is Political and The National Post.


January 30
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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