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Surprise Rise in Trade Confidence - June 22, 2017

Canadian exporters have lots of reasons to be fearful. Anti-trade rhetoric is higher than at any point in recent memory. Free trade agreements are being scuttled, or renegotiated. There’s a real-time threat to the world’s largest economic union. With myths about the negative effects of globalization being promulgated by some of its greatest beneficiaries, and a disenchanted public all too willing to gobble it up, those in the international trade sphere could be forgiven for registering plunging confidence.

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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 analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for 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 world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues.

Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Hall has served as president of both the Canadian Association for Business Economics, a 600-member national association of professional economists, and its largest local chapter, the Ottawa Economics Association. He has also been a volunteer board and committee member for two Ottawa area private schools. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from both Carleton University and the University of Toronto.

 

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