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Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch, Vice President & Chief Economist for ATB Financial

Todd Hirsch is the Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial, an Alberta-based financial institution that provides banking services and investment management expertise to over 600,000 clients.

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He holds a BA Honours in Economics from UAlberta and an MA in Economics from UCalgary. For over 20 years, he has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. He also taught economics at the University of Calgary for nearly a decade, both in the Department of Economics as well as the Faculty of Continuing Education. He is currently a sessional instructor in the Executive Education program at the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta.

Todd is also the author of three books. His latest, “Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change,” was released in 2017.

As part of his role at ATB Financial, Todd speaks to hundreds of audiences across the country each year, delivering dynamic, clear-eyed talks on the economy, creativity, and the future of work. He provides commentary to many Canadian and global media outlets including CTV, CBC, the Globe and Mail, and the BBC. He has served on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy.

An engaging, thought-provoking and dynamic presenter, Todd has experience advising the Canadian tourism industry, including providing advice to the Canadian Tourism Commission leadership team and board after the 2008 financial crisis. That strategic advice led to the award-winning, domestic-focused campaign, Locals Know. As the Canadian tourism industry gets serious about sustainability, Todd has been invited to present, through an economist’s lens, what approaches, models and contributions from both the public and private sector it will really take for Canada’s growing tourism sector to do its part in achieving Canada’s sustainability goals.

Todd has been recognized as one of Alberta’s most influential people. He’s recently received the University of Alberta's Alumni Honour Award, and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University.


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JANUARY 20-23, 2019