Investor Insight Breakfast

January 10, 2019
Toronto Region Board of Trade

2019 Investor Insight Breakfast

Expectations and projections for the 2019 investment climate, including opportunities for the pension industry.

Breakfast and networking – 7:45-8:30 a.m.
Session begins – 8:30 a.m.
Closing remarks – 10:30 a.m.

Price: $159.00 plus tax.

Who Should Attend?

Pension plan decision-makers, consultants, money managers, custodians, insurers and other investment stakeholders.




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Investor Insight Breakfast Agenda:


**Please note this is a draft and subject to change..


7:45-8:25 a.m.
Breakfast and networking

8:25 a.m.
Opening remarks

8:30-9:10 a.m.
Economist panel: A look at the year ahead
This expert panel will feature Canada's top economists share their projections for the 2019 investment climate, including opportunities for the pension industry.

Dawn Desjardins, vice-president and deputy chief economist, RBC
Douglas Porter,
chief economist and managing director, BMO Financial Group
Avery Shenfeld, managing director and chief economist, CIBC

**Other sessions to be announced shortly.

10:30 a.m.
Closing remarks


CDT Speakers



Dawn Desjardins

Dawn Desjardins

Dawn Desjardins is the vice-president and deputy chief economist at RBC. She joined the RBC Economics team in Jan. 2006. She is a key contributor to the macroeconomic forecasts for Canada and the U.S. and is part of a team that is responsible for the interest rate forecasts for both countries. Desjardins delivers economic analysis to RBC’s clients through a variety of publications and presentations. She is often interviewed by media from across North America to discuss developments in the economy and financial markets. Prior to joining RBC, Desjardins worked as a reporter for Bloomberg Financial News in Toronto covering the Canadian bond and currency markets and was the Canadian bond market strategist for a major U.S. bank for 10 years. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.


Douglas Porter

Doug Porter

Douglas Porter is the chief economist and managing director of BMO Financial Group. He has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. In his current role, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. Porter manages the team that has won numerous awards including Best Forecaster for Canada by Focus Economics in 2016, top Canadian forecaster by Bloomberg and the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy. As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television. Before joining BMO, Mr. Porter held the positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and also worked at the Bank of Canada. Porter has been a member of C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008 and serves on the Investment Management Committees of the Bank of Montreal’s Canada Pension Plan and Western’s Endowment Fund. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Financial International (TFI). Porter, who holds the chartered financial analyst designation, earned a master of economics from the University of Western Ontario.


Avery Shenfeld

Avery Shenfeld

Avery Shenfeld is managing director and chief economist at CIBC, having been with the firm since 1993. He holds a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. One of the country’s most sought after commentators, he is ranked as the top economist in a survey of Canadian institutional equity investors. Shenfeld follows economic developments and their implications for financial and asset markets. He has received multiple awards for forecast accuracy in Canada and is a six-time winner of the Dow Jones Market Watch award for most accurate forecaster of the U.S. economy. His prior background includes experience in management consulting, on the economics faculty at the University of Toronto, and lecturing in the summer program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has addressed numerous business groups and been quoted in the media in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe.


More information to be posted shortly.

For information on the speakers, please contact Lauren Harris, Conference Editor, Benefits Canada

Event Details

Toronto Region Board of Trade
77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Region Board of Trade
In the heart of Toronto's financial district, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, boasts modern design and unparalleled service. The beautifully renovated space, located inside the First Canadian Place, provides exquisite views of the city's Art Deco architecture. With cuisine prepared by the accaimled Oliver & Bonacini, the Toronto Region Board of Trade is the premier choice for any event, from an intimate business meeting to a grand celebration.

Toronto Region Board of Trade

Getting there:

By public transit:

• Take the subway to St. Andrew, King or Union Station, then follow the overhead PATH signs. 
• You can also arrive by the King Street streetcar (504 King) or the Bay Street bus (6 Bay). 

By car:

• Drive to Bay, King, Adelaide or York streets. Please note Adelaide is one-way east and York is one-way north.

By underground PATH:

• PATH connects through multiple subway stations, the GO Transit and VIA Rail transportation networks. Follow the directory maps posted in these locations, keeping your eye on the overhead signs.


Valet Parking:
• Complimentary ValetAssist parking available on level A Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Self -Parking:
• Accessible from Adelaide and York Streets 24/7
• Daily tenant and visitor stalls on all levels
• Accessible entry on level F

20 minutes or less (6 AM - 6 PM) - $5
Weekday daily maximum (6 AM - 6 PM) - $30
Evening flat rate (6 AM- 6 PM) - $10
Lost ticket pays maximum - $40
Evenings - (from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. next day) $6
Weekends - (Saturday to Sunday and holidays, 6 a.m. to 6 a.m.) $6


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