CENTRAL 1 CREDIT UNION
British Columbia Economy Overview
Bryan Yu is Senior Economist for Central 1 Credit Union, the umbrella organization for the credit union system in British Columbia and Ontario. He provides economic analysis and forecast services to support the credit unions and frequently comments on the British Columbia and national economies for major media outlets.
Bryan was an economist with the British Columbia Real Estate Association and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. He is a director for the Canadian Association of Business Economists. Bryan holds degrees in Economics from Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba.
VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Barometer of Construction Confidence in British Columbia
Mario Canseco is responsible for designing and managing research projects for clients in the public sector, non-profit organizations and associations, and education. Mario is also the company’s spokesperson for political and sociological issues and surveys, and writes every month for the Business Section of The Vancouver Sun.
Before joining Insights West in 2013, Mario coordinated research teams for a now-defunct public opinion firm that operated in Canada, the United States and Britain, worked as an editorial researcher for Peter C. Newman’s books “The Secret Mulroney Tapes” and “Here Be Dragons”; as a research and communications specialist for the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC; and in various journalistic roles in Canada, Mexico and Spain.
Mario holds a BA in Communication from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Masters in Journalism from UBC.
URBAN ANALYTICS INC.
MICHAEL A. FERREIRA
Residential Real Estate Outlook
Michael Ferreira brings over 20 years of insight and experience in the new multi‐family home development industry—most of that time managing principal of leading market research and advisory firm Urban Analytics Inc. He has also worked in senior management roles with major development firms. Michael can draw on his experiences to effectively assess and analyze development and investment opportunities. He fully appreciates the risks involved with real estate development takes his role as market analyst and advisor to developers, lenders, investors and other industry stakeholders very seriously. For Michael and his highly competent team at UA ‐ it’s about the data and what what the data means and how it will impact their clients.
CHIEF ECONOMIST, CANADATA
Construction Economic Update
The conference begins and ends with remarks from Alex Carrick, ConstructConnect’s Chief Economist. There are a lot of powerful questions that hang over the Canadian economy and impact the construction outlook as 2016 enters its second half – none perhaps more pressing than the instability in the resource sector. This rising concern is paired with the never-ending speculation about housing – is there a housing bubble in the Toronto and Vancouver markets or over-valuation in markets generally across Canada? In manufacturing centers like Ontario and Quebec, how has the lower value of the Canadian dollar helped this sector and what will the recovered American economy mean for Canada as its closest neighbor? These issues and more will be discussed within the framework of the construction outlook for 2017.
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.
Former Member of Parliament, Former Minister of National Defence, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Minister of Justice & Attorney General
THE HON. PETER MACKAY
Peter MacKay will be addressing all things economic, political and social concerning Canada as a whole, but even more specifically for British Columbia. The oil and natural gas pipeline approvals process, native land claims issues and the prospects for a new LNG industry in the NW of the province will figure prominently in his remarks. But he’ll also have much to say about how well the Liberals are governing in Ottawa and what the prospects are for U.S.-Canada relations depending on the outcome of the Presidential election vote in early November. And he’s sure to express some opinions concerning the housing market in Vancouver and whether or not the Victoria government is acting wisely by stepping in to curb demand from foreign buyers. His sharing of ‘insider knowledge’ gained from years spent serving in top cabinet positions will shed extra illumination on today’s hottest-button topics.
As Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Justice, The Hon. Peter MacKay has been at the forefront of some the most vital decisions affecting Canada—and the world—over the past 20 years. Today, he draws upon his extensive political and legal acumen to talk business, security, trade, and foreign policy with an international outlook and rare expertise.
The Hon. Peter MacKay served as the federal government’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015), Minister of National Defence (2007–2013), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006–2007). He also served as Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Minister responsible for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland/Labrador. In his first term of office in 1997, he was Justice Critic and House Leader for the Progressive Conservative Party, for which he served as critic for law enforcement issues, as a member of the Board of Internal Economy, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, the Standing Committee on Finance, and the Sub-Committee on the Study of Sport in Canada. He won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2002 and worked with Stephen Harper’s Canadian Alliance and thousands of members to re-unify the Conservative movement in Canada, forming the Conservative Party of Canada in 2003, for which he was its first deputy leader.
The Hon. Peter MacKay has a BA from Acadia University and studied law at Dalhousie University, and was called to the bar in 1991. He has served as a Crown prosecutor and worked in private practice. Today, after his retirement from federal politics in 2015, he works as a partner for the global law firm
Baker & McKenzie in Toronto, litigating in the firm’s growing government enforcement and compliance practice, and offering strategic advice to companies involved in international business and trade. He is the founder of the Halifax International Security Forum and past chancellor of Royal Military College in Kingston. He has served on numerous volunteer boards, including New Leaf and Tearmann House, and the adopt a library literacy program. He has been active in his support for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the special Olympics. He is married to human rights activist, author, and artist Nazanin Afshin-Jam, with whom he has two children, and resides in Toronto, ON and New Glasgow, NS.