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Ready for White Water? - April 24, 2014

Most people aren't. It has been a long, cold, snowy winter in most parts of Canada, and spring is coming as a great relief. With the warmer temperatures, the spring runoff is starting, and warnings about high, fast-running water are cropping up. Sounds a lot like the global economy. It has been a long winter of hobbled growth and frequent storms that have threatened to bring things to a standstill. But the long-anticipated thaw is happening, and water levels are rising. We are heading toward economic white water, and many still have a winter mentality. Can we handle what's ahead?

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 Peter Hall's Biography


Peter G. HallPeter G. Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist

Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC's economic and political risk analysis, special research and the corporate library. In addition to advising senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the international economy.

Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Hall is the immediate past president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, a 600-member national association of professional economists, and actively participates in its local Ottawa chapter. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from Carleton University and the University of Toronto.


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