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The economy—and its relationship to your business—is an important but often deeply misunderstood topic. Our economics speakers offer sophistication, personality, and much-needed clarity.

 
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Daron Acemoglu

Author of Why Nations Fail | One of the 20 Most Cited Economists in the World

In the face of increasing automation, we’ve been far too complacent, argues M.I.T.’s Daron Acemoglu. We’re at a tipping point. Either we close the skills gap and prepare for the future of work—for the...

Douglas Rushkoff

Author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Present Shock and Program or Be Programmed

The digital economy could provide prosperity for all. But it hasn’t delivered—it’s only disrupted. Enter Douglas Rushkoff: world-renowned cultural philosopher who, in Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus,...

James Fallows

The Atlantic’s First Europe Editor at Its International Bureau

The first-ever Europe Editor for The Atlantic, James Fallows is one of the world’s most respected journalists. Today, he’s reporting on how America is putting itself back together in the wake of reces...

Charles Wheelan

Author of Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

“Economics should not be accessible only to the experts. The ideas—especially now—are too important.” Enter Charles Wheelan: a speaker with a flair for turning the “dismal science” into talks that hel...

James Robinson

Noted Economist and Political Scientist, co-author of Why Nations Fail

James Robinson—the co-author of the hard-hitting book, Why Nations Fail—knows why some countries are richer, healthier, and more prosperous than others. In his keynotes, Robinson delves into real-worl...

Shlomo Benartzi

Author of The Smarter Screen, a book about online behavior

We live in a world of screens. Many of us spend the majority of our waking lives interacting with devices. Behavioral economist Shlomo Benartzi is studying how we think, and act, differently on screen...

Ajay Agrawal

Expert in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning | Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab

To world-leading researcher Ajay AgrawaL—named the engineer of a “Billion Dollar Breakout” by The Globe and Mail—advances in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning mean profound opportunities fo...

Joseph Stiglitz

Internationally Renowned Economist and Author of The Price of Inequality

The world’s financial markets will rebound, but how do we ensure the same mistakes aren’t made twice? In engaging, frank talks, Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz offers an in-depth analysis of today’...

Randall Lane

Editor of Forbes Magazine

Randall Lane is the editor of Forbes Magazine, where he has helped it reach its highest-ever U.S. readership (6.7 million) with new emphases on young innovators and disruptors. These are people reimag...

Gordon Campbell

Former Premier of BC; Former Canadian High Commissioner to the UK

As Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK from 2011 to 2016, Gordon Campbell holds a unique understanding of what Brexit means for our economy. Previously, Campbell was mayor of Vancouver during its asc...

Ryan Berlin

Senior Economist, Market Intelligence | The Rennie Group

Economist Ryan Berlin provides thought-provoking insight into economic, demographic, and real estate trends. Is housing affordable? How are demographics—including aging and immigration—impacting the l...

Andrew Ramlo

Vice President of Market Intelligence, The Rennie Group

What does our changing population look like? How can you connect with an evolving consumer base? One of our most well-known demographers, urbanists, and planning consultants, Andrew Ramlo looks at wha...

David Baxter

Demographer, Economist, and Senior Research Advisor at Urban Futures

How is demographic change influencing your business? What do population growth and distribution have to do with workplace environments, the economic climate, and marketing structures? Speaker David Ba...

Joseph Heath

Author of Enlightenment 2.0 and Filthy Lucre

From counter-cultural rebellion to financial derivatives, Joseph Heath is an expert on what makes the market tick. He preaches the science of economics—without the graphs and equations. As a philosoph...

Todd Hirsch

Chief Economist at ATB Financial | Author of Spiders in Space and The Boiling Frog Dilemma

ATB Financial’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch is one of the country’s most sought-after speakers on the economy, with over two decades of experience as an economist, professor, and commentator. In clear...

Jason Grumet

Top Advisor for Obama’s 2008 Campaign, Energy and Environment

Jason Grumet is an influential and bipartisan voice on energy and its associated environmental challenges. He is an expert on a host of issues like healthcare, agriculture, and transportation, and is ...

Don Drummond

Adjunct Professor of Economics & Matthews Fellow on Global Public Policy

Don Drummond is an economist and scholar, hailed by Prime Minister Paul Martin as “one of the most principled and imaginative public servants with whom I have ever worked.” Drummond has helped shape t...

Ian Bremmer

Creator of the Wall Street Global Political Risk Index

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. In 1998, Bremmer founded Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company ...

Diane Francis

Bestselling Author and Editor-at-Large at The National Post

Creating a robust agenda for the development of emerging tech isn’t a frill, but a necessity in the 21st century. An award-winning, bestselling author and futurist, Diane Francis argues for a more eff...

Euvin Naidoo

Expert on Emerging Markets, Innovation, and Winning the War for Talent

Euvin Naidoo is an authority on emerging markets—any place where transformational change (and economic opportunities) can no longer be ignored by western companies. One of Forbes’ 10 Most Powerful Men...

Michael Casey

Bitcoin, Blockchain & “Fintech” Expert, Co-Author of The Age of Cryptocurrency and The Social Organism

As Senior Advisor to MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative and co-author of The Age of Cryptocurrency, Michael Casey demystifies the blockchain: the decentralized record-keeping system driving the bitcoin...

Nouriel Roubini

Cofounder and Chairman, Roubini Global Economics and NYU Professor

Keynote speaker Nouriel Roubini is an economist of massive influence—an expert on why global economic crises happen, and the actions we can take to prevent them. Named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Glob...

Derek Thompson

Senior Editor at The Atlantic and Author of Hit Makers

Things don’t just ‘go viral’—and popularity isn’t an accident. In Hit Makersan instant national bestseller—Derek Thompson reveals the hidden web of economics, psychology, and marketing that makes som...

Justin Fox

Editorial Director of the Harvard Business Review Group

Justin Fox is the bestselling author of The Myth of the Rational Market—an economics book, paced like a thriller, that Paul Krugman calls “a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mess we’re...

Raj Chetty

Economist and MacArthur Genius studying economic inequality

Raj Chetty studies some of the core issues of American society—equality, education, and government policy—through the powerful lens of economics. A recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal for best...

Niall Ferguson

Economics Speaker, Author of The Great Degeneration

One of the world's most influential commentators on geopolitics, finance, power, and the global economy, Niall Ferguson's talks are as eloquent as they are electrifying, combining his thirst for knowl...

John Ibbitson

Globe and Mail's Senior Political Correspondent and #1 Bestselling Author

No one understands Canada-U.S. relations like John Ibbitson. As a #1 bestselling author, senior political correspondent for The Globe and Mail, and former bureau chief in Washington and Ottawa, Ibbits...

John Stackhouse

Former Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail; Author of Mass Disruption

Few Canadians are as acquainted with our nation’s political and business landscape as John Stackhouse. The former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, Stackhouse has been plugged into the country’s ...

Matt Taibbi

Rolling Stone Writer | Author of Four New York Times bestsellers, including Insane Clown President and The Divide

One of the smartest—and funniest—chroniclers of the rise of Trump, growing inequality, and Wall Street excess, Matt Taibbi is also the author of four NYT bestsellers: The Great Derangement, Griftopia,...

George Packer

Bestselling Author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

In the wake of the election, The New York Times chose George Packer’s The Unwinding as a key book “To Help You Understand Trump’s Win.” In his articles, Packer explores the notion of ‘unwinding’—the r...

Jake Halpern

Author of Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

What happens when a banker and an armed robber go into business together to buy $1.5 billion worth of bad debt? In his new real-life thriller Bad Paper, acclaimed writer and Fulbright Scholar Jake Hal...