Keynote Speaker
Douglas Porter, chief economist and managing director, BMO Financial Group

Douglas Porter

Douglas Porter has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As chief economist at BMO Financial Group, 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, top Canadian forecaster by Bloomberg and the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy. Most recently, he led the team to a #2 ranking for Top U.S. Forecaster among 53 global firms in the 2022 Focus Economics Survey and #3 for Canada among 33 global firms.

As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television.

Porter’s career began at the Bank of Canada; then, before joining BMO, he held the positions of economist and country risk analyst with other Canadian financial institutions.

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.

Porter, CFA, earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario.