Economic Forecast Consultations

On December 7, 2016, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Joe Ceci hosted a meeting with private sector economists to discuss Alberta’s economic forecast leading up to Budget 2017.

The economic forecast for the coming year affects government’s fiscal planning and helps predict projected revenues. Forecasting changes in the economy is a difficult task, as many global, national and local factors can have major impacts on the provincial economy. Meeting with economic experts from outside government provides an opportunity to gain valuable insight into recent developments and trends across the country and around the world. Topics discussed included energy prices, inflation, employment trends, global events, Canada’s economy and various policy issues.


President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, Joe Ceci, speaks with economic experts from Canadian banks.


Alberta’s finance minister, Joe Ceci, listens to a discussion between government and private sector economists.


Economic experts from Alberta and across Canada pause for a break in discussions.


President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, Joe Ceci, answers questions from the media following the meeting.


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From left to right:
Robert Kavcic, Vice President and Senior Economist, BMO Financial Group;
Craig Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, RBC;
Krishen Rangasamy, Senior Economist, National Bank Financial Markets;
Avery Shenfield, Managing Director and Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets;
Honourable Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance;
Mary Webb, Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Scotiabank Economics;
Catherine Rothrock, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Economics and Fiscal Policy, Treasury Board and Finance;
Luc Vallee, Chief Strategist, Laurentian Bank;
Mark Parsons, Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic and Fiscal Policy, Treasury Board and Finance.

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Page last updated:  October 18, 2017