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Haircuts from Half a World Away - September 18, 2014

Technology has transformed life in more ways than we can list. In just over a century, humans have learned how to fly, commute in cars, talk over wires and now through thin air, process trillions of digits in nanoseconds in microchips made out of sand – and the list is just getting started. It’s easy to be blasé about the pace of change, but those who ignore it do so at their own peril. If change has been so dramatic, it’s essential to ask what’s next.

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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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Our most recent commentaries

  • Back in Surplus?
    Canadian trade is getting back in the black. Is that a good thing?
    Speaker: Peter G. Hall
    Length: 00:05:15

  • Summer Freeze in Europe?
    Is Europe in a temporary or longer-lasting slowdown?
    Speaker: Peter G. Hall
    Length: 00:05:22

  • The Near-Term Business Bet
    The odds are in favour of growth – just ask professional buyers.
    Speaker: Peter G. Hall
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