ATB Financial's Chief Economist, author of The Boiling Frog Dilemma
Todd Hirsch is ATB Financial's Chief Economist and the co-author of The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline. He provides economic commentary for CBC, CTV, and the BBC, among others, and is a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail. He was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture.
Spiders in Space: How Canadians Are Adapting to the New Global Economy
In 2011, NASA flew spiders to the International Space Station to see if they could still spin webs in zero gravity. The surprising result? The spiders adapted; they built new webs, with new shapes and structures. And they did so without changing what they were, or what they were capable of.
Today, Canadians face a similar predicament. Global supply chains have altered traditional manufacturing and agribusiness. The selling price of natural resources has sunk. New services have disrupted legacy corporations, and layoffs and bankruptcy are facts of life. According to Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist of ATB Financial, Canadians are faced with sudden and very unwanted change—but like the spiders, we learn new and resilient ways to adapt.
In this keynote, based on his upcoming book Spiders in Space (2016), Hirsch explores how Canadians are adjusting to the new global realities of the 21st century. Using examples drawn from multiple industries, and by profiling successful community leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, athletes, and more, he outlines the inspirational traits and mindsets needed to stay competitive. Far from a dire warning, this talk is an optimistic celebration of the flexible mindsets required for the new economy. We can—and will—learn to spin new webs; and Todd Hirsch is here to show us how.
Alberta and the Oil Rollercoaster: Whatâ€™s Next for the Energy Economy?
As oil prices continue to drop, everyone is wondering: Is it worse this time? Or is this just a garden variety downturn? In this up-to-the-minute talk, Todd Hirsch dissects our current economic situation, provides predictions for the oil and energy sectors, and reveals the impact on global markets. What does this recent plunge in oil prices mean for Alberta and Canada’s labour market? How long will it last, and what factors will dictate? And does Alberta need to diversify its economy—if so, how? Hirsch shares the latest facts and figures, answering the urgent questions that will affect not only prices at the pump, but the future of the global economy.
Canada's Economy: Trends and Opportunities
The global economy continues its hesitant and uneven recovery. China and the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies have shifted into a lower gear, but the U.S. economy has started to pick up steam. Europe remains in recession yet the most worrisome clouds on that continent have parted. Where does Canada fit into this emerging global economic landscape? And what trends and opportunities will present themselves?
The Rise of the West
For most of its history, Canada was a country dominated by the large, industrial economies of Ontario and Quebec. The Prairies were slow to catch up economically, and even Alberta was a “have-not” province until the mid-1960s. British Columbia has had an uneven growth record. But a major transition has taken place—one with a trend that’s picking up momentum. The four western provinces are now leading economic growth in the country, challenging the traditional dominance of Central Canada. Economics speaker Todd Hirsch has spend years studying the West. As a regional economist with the Bank of Canada, and the Chief Economist with the Canada West Foundation, he’s seen the growth first hand. Now in his role at ATB Financial, Hirsch has become even more convinced that the coming decades belong to the West. Find out what’s driving this shift—and why it will continue.
The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline
What creates wealth? The answer to that may be surprising. Economic wealth isn’t created by oil and gas molecules in the ground, nor by an auto assembly plant. It isn’t created by tax credits or subsidies. It isn’t even created by economic development programs. Wealth starts with one thing: an idea.
In this talk, Todd Hirsch argues that Canada in the 21st century is at risk of falling behind internationally. We need to seriously “up our game” in terms of creativity, innovation, risk taking, entrepreneurialism, cosmopolitanism, community, and re-thinking environmental stewardship—or risk becoming economically irrelevant on the global stage.
Economic Developers Alberta
Todd Hirsch has been one of the closing speakers at our annual Economic Developers Alberta conference since 2009. He is always well received by conference delegates who find his presentation style easy to understand, entertaining and informative. Who knew economic forecasts could actually be fun to listen to?
Todd was very professional, well prepared and is an excellent speaker. The content was particularly timely and relevant to our audience.
Gas Alberta Inc.
We have been fortunate to have Todd Hirsch as a guest speaker for many of our annual meetings. Toddâ€™s excellent presentation skills complement his ability to explain complex topics in a simplified and interesting manner. Our shareholders have always been very impressed with Toddâ€™s knowledge of the Alberta, North American and global economies and look forward to hearing his message and discussing various issues with him.
Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Assoc
Our industry thoroughly enjoys having Todd Hirsch at our meetings. He has the ability to demystify economic trends into household words...a must hear for any convention!
The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline
What creates wealth? The answer to that may be surprising. Economic wealth isn’t created by oil and gas molecules in the ground, nor by an auto assembly plant. It isn’t created by tax credits or subsidies. It isn’t even created by economic development programs.
Wealth starts with one thing: an idea.
The Boiling Frog Dilemma argues that Canada in the 21st century is at risk of falling behind internationally. We need to seriously “up our game” in terms of creativity, innovation, risk taking, entrepreneurialism, cosmopolitanism, community, and re-thinking environmental stewardship—or risk becoming economically irrelevant on the global stage.
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