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Day 1: Economic Framework Webinar

Day 1: The Post-Pandemic Economic Framework

Alex Carrick

Chief Economist, ConstructConnect

Peter Hall 

Vice-President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada

Timna Tanners 

Equity Research Analyst, Metals and Mining at Bank of America

David Schoonjans 

Senior Director, Cost & Project Management, Altus Group

Alex Carrick

Chief Economist, ConstructConnect

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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. 

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. 

Peter Hall

Vice-President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada

Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 30 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 a wide 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 and currently serves on the board of a local charity. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from both Carleton University and the University of Toronto.

Timna Tanners 

Equity Research Analyst, Metals and Mining at Bank of America

Timna Tanners is a managing director in Americas Equity Research, covering U.S. Metals and Mining since 2002 and Latin America Metals and Mining since 2017. Regular research publications include: a quarterly U.S. metal buyer survey and a weekly Metals Musings note. Tanners sponsors field trips to facilities, hosts steel buyer lunches/dinners, and is a regular speaker at metals industry events. She and the team have been ranked #1 in Metals and Mining in the Institutional Investor All-America Research Poll from 2013 to 2020. Tanners has been at BofA Securities since 2011, and began her career in 2002 at UBS. Tanners has a BA in politics from Pomona College, an MS in journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from UCLA. She is based in New York. For more information about any awards cited, visit https://go.bofa.com/awards.

David Schoonjans

Senior Director, Cost & Project Management, Altus Group

Over David’s career, he has accumulated a range of experience across geographies, asset types and roles. This includes working and living in many of the country’s major markets and holding senior positions at international general contractors, developers and consulting firms. In 2009, David founded a successful consulting firm that operated across Western Canada until it was acquired by Altus Group in 2017. 

Clients rely on David to not only better understand a project’s costs and risks, but also view them in context of the local, regional and national markets. He is often uniquely positioned to view a project from the perspective of multiple stakeholders and bridge the gap in understanding between viewpoints, contributing to the project’s success. 

David leads Altus Group’s Cost & Project Management business unit’s Business Intelligence group. He is responsible for leveraging systems and technology, to collect structured data, drive efficiency and extend the business unit’s products and services. These initiatives require collaboration across offices and business units globally.