Since the global recession in 2008-09, Canada’s stock on the world stage has risen in many ways, but suffered in others. Our financial sector, which weathered the credit crisis so commendably, has won increasing respect. Lackluster commodity prices, however, have held back investments by owners of resource properties. In crucial energy production and distribution, including the Oil Sands, shale gas deposits, LNG export terminals and major pipeline expansions, difficult dealings with aboriginal leaders and environmental advocates are clouding the outlook.
Be among the attendees at CanaData’s 32nd Annual Construction Industry Forecast Conference and receive informed commentary, expert analysis and forecasts to help guide your business.
Uniting business leadership with high-profile, engaging speakers, this is the premiere construction forecast event in Canada. CanaData is Canada’s leading barometer of future economic activity within the construction sector – and this event provides rich insights and analysis of construction industry trends.
Past speakers have included leaders in the construction and business community.
From economists, to CEOs and heads of government agencies, CanaData has combined a rich pool of expertise into a day of thought leadership that is a mandatory event for leadership within Canada’s diverse construction industry.
The CanaData conference has really helped us stay connected to the emerging market conditions and better see where development is headed. Overall, the programs have been excellent, with a nice balance of financial, economic, residential and ICI construction activity information.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: carl Bernstein
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING
JOURNALIST/AUTHOR & POLITICAL ANALYST
Applying Lessons from the Past to the Current Muddled Political Environment
Bernstein’s magazine journalism and web commentary continue to combine rare reportorial ability with literary skill: from The Ballad of John McCain, a millennial portrait of the presidential candidate in Vanity Fair magazine, to ground-breaking Newsweek/Daily Beast commentaries in 2011 about the pernicious influence of Rupert Murdoch on the politics, journalism and popular culture of three continents.
Since his famous essay, The Triumph of Idiot Culture, a 1992 cover story for The New Republic about increasing sensationalism, gossip and manufactured controversy as staples of the American press, he has proved a prescient critic of his own profession.
With Woodward, Bernstein wrote two classic best sellers: All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman), about their coverage of the Watergate story; and The Final Days, about the denouement of the Nixon presidency.
His next book, a masterful memoir of his family’s experience in the McCarthy era, is titled Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir. He is also the co-author of the definitive papal biography, His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time, which detailed the Pope’s pivotal and often clandestine role in the fall of communism.
In 1977-78, Bernstein spent a year investigating the CIA’s secret relationship with the American press during the Cold War. The resulting 25,000-word article for Rolling Stone, entitled The CIA and the Media, was the first to examine a subject long suppressed by both American newspapers and the intelligence community.
A lesser-known part of Bernstein’s journalistic career is his tenure as a rock-critic at The Washington Post while a metro reporter before Watergate; he continues to write (very) occasionally about rock and classical music.
Bernstein was born and raised in Washington, DC and began his journalism career at age 16 as a copy boy for The Washington Evening Star, becoming a reporter at 19.
He lives in New York with his wife and is the father of two sons, one a journalist and the other a rock musician.
Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at ConstructConnect
Highlighting Key Mega Projects Across Canada
Craig Roberts leads the marketing and business development team at ConstructConnect, Canada’s market leader for non-residential construction data, news, and analysis. An industry “veteran” at the age of 43, Craig has held leadership roles in the construction data industry back to 1999, working both the U.S. and Canadian markets. Craig led the efforts on behalf of ConstructConnect (formerly CMD Group) collaborating with construction associations, resulting in unprecedented and enduring strategic alliances across Canada. For six years, Craig was an independent Director on the Board of International Barrier Technologies Inc. (IBTGF, IBH), a publicly traded building product manufacturer listed in the U.S. and Canada.
Craig earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environment Sciences from Queen’s University at Kingston and has graduate degrees from Queen’s University and Cornell University. In 2007 Craig became a Certified Professional Accountant through CMA-BC (now CPA BC). Craig is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade and lives with his wife and two daughters in Vancouver.
Chief Economist at Altus Group and General Manager of Altus Group ECONOMIC CONSULTING
Residential Construction Outlook
Peter Norman is a well‐known professional land economist and forecaster and is Chief Economist at Altus Group and General Manager of Altus Group Economic Consulting. Widely quoted in the Canadian media, Peter is a frequent expert witness on economic matters and consults for private and public sector organizations across Canada, providing economic intelligence and strategic advice.
Peter Norman earned a BA at Trent University and an MA at the University of Guelph, sits on the Executive Committee of the Toronto Association of Business and Economics, the Economic Research Committee of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and is a member of the Association of Ontario Land Economists and a member of Lambda Alpha International, an Honourary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. Peter lives with his wife and four children in Toronto.
Commodities Pricing & Global
Trade in an Open or
Based in Toronto, Dina Ignjatovic joined the Economics department at TD Bank Financial Group in September 2007.
Her chief responsibilities include analyzing and forecasting the auto sector, commodities and other industries. Dina also contributes to a wide variety of TD publications, and is frequently quoted by the media on various economic issues.
Dina holds an M.A. degree in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a B.Comm. degree from the University of Guelph, where she majored in Management Economics in Industry and Finance.
CanaData | ConstructConnect
CanaData’s Overview Forecasts of Construction
8:35 a.m & 3:10 p.m.
Alex Carrick obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) in 1969. His M.A. in Economics was earned at the University of Toronto (U of T) in 1971.
After finishing the courses for a doctorate while living at U of T’s Massey College, the lure of the job market proved too great and Mr. Carrick was hired by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), a trade association representing structural steel fabricators. He eventually became the CISC’s Secretary-Treasurer.
In 1985, Mr. Carrick became employed as Chief Economist with CanaData, the leading supplier of statistics and forecasting information for the Canadian construction industry. CanaData is a product line of CMD Group LLC, based in Atlanta.
Mr. Carrick is traditionally the closing speaker at CanaData’s Annual Construction Industry Forecasts Conference, which will be marking its 30th anniversary in 2015.
During the last decade-plus, Mr. Carrick’s endeavors have become much broader in scope. He has delivered presentations throughout the continent on the Canadian, United States and world construction markets. The number of articles he’s written for the company’s various websites has climbed into the thousands.
He is frequently quoted by major news outlets. His online video analyses are a popular feature with the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce.
Thanks in large measure to his heightened social media presence, Mr. Carrick has recently become CMD Group’s North American Chief Economist.
Alex is also an award-winning short story writer. He has twice received Honorable Mention in the international Lorian Hemingway Competition. In the summer of 2012, his personal blog was chosen Writing Website of the Week by Writer’s Digest.
Carrick Publications, which Alex manages jointly with his wife Donna, has published nearly 100 anthologies, fiction and non-fiction works by a variety of talented authors.
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada
The World US & Canadian Economic Outlooks
Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues.
Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Hall has served as president of both the Canadian Association for Business Economics, a 600-member national association of professional economists, and its largest local chapter, the Ottawa Economics Association. He has also been a volunteer board and committee member for two Ottawa area private schools. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from both Carleton University and the University of Toronto.
EDC is Canada’s trade finance agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public- sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.
Autonomous Fleet Strategist
at GrushNiles Strategic
The Challenges for Construction in a World of Unprecedented Technological Change
Bern Grush is the Autonomous Fleet Strategist at GrushNiles Strategic. Bern is a speaker, author, innovator and entrepreneur for autonomous vehicles, parking reform, and road pricing.
He is the author of the 2016 RCCAO report “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: Automated vehicles can influence urban form, congestion, and infrastructure delivery”. Alain Kornhauser of Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering describes this report as “…excellent… probably best that I’ve seen”. A Maclean’s magazine editorial called it “…fascinating and carefully argued…” Gridlock Sam Schwartz, a past traffic commissioner of New York City, has described Bern as the top, current independent thinker on autonomous vehicle deployment.
Bern’s current project is designing a policy framework called Harmonization Manager that will equip regional governments with the levers to provide the desired social outcomes of transit provision while moving from the current acquire-and-operate mode to an organize-and-regulate mode, as new business models disrupt transit.
Vice President, Data Operations,
Data Solutions - Altus Group Limited
Commercial Construction Outlook
Ray is the Vice President of Data Operations for Altus Group’s Data Solutions team. Overseeing 60+ researchers across Canada, Ray’s primary responsibility is to ensure data collection is all encompassing, reliable and accurate and that it adheres to the Altus Group data governance guidelines. Ray works closely with both internal and external clients to ensure the information meets their needs and that it is both accurate and timely. He also regularly presents on key market trends to clients and at industry events.
Prior to joining to Joining Altus Group, Ray was the Head of Research for CBRE Canada. He was responsible for the collection of market intelligence and publishing marketing market reports on a regular basis. Ray interacted with both internal and external clients in respect to presenting and discussing real estate information, trends and analysis. He initiated and introduced the CBRE Econometric Real Estate Forecasting model in Canada for office and industrial real estate.
Ray is regularly ask to comment on the real estate market in various print, radio and online news publications.
& 3:10 P.M.
7:30 A.M. - Breakfast and Registration
8:30 A.M. - Opening Remarks
8:35 A.M. - Setting the Scene
Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, CanaData, ConstructConnect
8:50 A.M. - The World US & Canadian Economic Outlooks
Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada
9:30 A.M. - The Challenges for Construction in a World of Unprecedented Technological Change
Bern Grush, Autonomous Fleet Strategist, GrushNiles Strategic
10:10 A.M. - Networking Break
10:25 A.M. - Commercial Construction Outlook
Raymond Wong, Vice President,
Data Operations, Data Solutions,
Altus Group Limited
11:05 A.M. - Highlighting Key Mega Projects Across Canada
Craig Roberts, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at ConstructConnect
12:05 P.M. - Lunch (Meal included with registration)
12:30 P.M. - Keynote Presentation
Applying Lessons from the Past to the Current Muddled Political Environment
1:45 P.M. - Residential Construction Outlook
Peter Norman, Chief Economist Altus Group and General Manager, Altus Group Economic Consulting
2:15 P.M. - Networking Break
2:30 P.M. - Commodities Pricing & Global Trade in an Open or Protectionist Framework
Dina Ignjatovic, Economist, TD
3:10 P.M. - CanaData’s Overview Forecasts of Construction
Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, CanaData, ConstructConnect
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