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Glen Hodgson - The Conference Board of Canada. Ottawa, ON, CA

Glen Hodgson

Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist | The Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

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Glen Hodgson brings nearly 30 years of experience and a specialization in international economic and financial issues to the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of The Conference Board of Canada.

Mr. Hodgson is responsible for overseeing the Board's macro-economic outlook products, tourism, custom economic research, and is the Board’s chief spokesperson on economic issues.

He has published over 170 articles and briefings and is the editor and a contributing author of the book Crisis and Intervention: Lessons from the Financial Meltdown and Recession, published in November 2010. He has written extensively on Canadian tax reform and is co-authoring a series of briefings on the economics of pro sports in Canada. Glen is leading a high-profile research initiative at the Conference Board, the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CAHSC), just as he led the creation of the Board’s International Trade and Investment Centre.

Mr. Hodgson joined the Board in September 2004, after 10 years at Export Development Canada (EDC). He also spent a decade with the federal Department of Finance. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Hodgson served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., as Advisor/Assistant to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean.

Mr. Hodgson has an M.A. in Economics from McGill University and pursued Ph.D. studies at McGill. He is currently the president of the Ottawa Economics Association. He resides in Ottawa with his wife and younger of two sons, and coached youth sports for many years.

Industry Expertise (9)

Writing and Editing

Management Consulting

Information Services

International Trade and Development

Government Administration

Public Policy

International Affairs

Think Tanks


Areas of Expertise (4)

Economic Forecasting

International Business

Productivity and Innovation

Economic Analysis

Accomplishments (2)

Editor and Contributing Author (professional)

Crisis and Intervention: Lessons From the Financial Meltdown and Recession is a book that describes what caused the 2008 meltdown and resulting global recession, and identifies 10 key lessons. These insights serve as a valuable guide for leaders in Canada and around the world—in business, government, labour, academia, the media—who need to know what caused the global crash … and what can be done to prevent another.

Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist – The Conference Board of Canada (professional)

The Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) is the foremost independent, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. Since 1954, the Board has been committed to researching innovative practices, designing new strategies and providing our members with the most up-to-date information, analysis and expertise to help them excel in Canada and around the world. The CBoC builds leadership capacity by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy and organizational performance.

Education (3)

McGill University: PhD studies ABD

University of Manitoba: B.A. (Honours), Economics

McGill University: MA, Economica

Event Appearances (22)


Young Canadians in Finance Speaker Series  Ottawa, Ontario


KEYNOTE SPEECH – The New Economy: How Will the World be Different After the Recession?

Pragma Council 2009 Spring Conference  University of Waterloo, Ontario


KEYNOTE SPEECH: IPR and the Global Economic Slowdown

Intellectual Property Rights: Innovation and Commercialization in Turbulent Times  Toronto, Ontario


KEYNOTE SPEECH: A Multi-Speed Recovery in a Risky World

Economic Outlook Breakfast  Burlington, Ontario


Energy and the Economy of Alberta

Conference Board of Canada Speaker Series  Calgary, Alberta



2011 Employer Council of Champions Summit  Ottawa, Ontario


Conference Board Perspectives on Canadian Competitiveness

Conference on Canada’s Prosperity 2010  Toronto, Ontario



Sustainable Prosperity 2012 Spring Policy Conference  Ottawa, Ontario


KEYNOTE SPEECH: Canada and the Global Agri-Food Economy

FarmTech 2012  Edmonton, Alberta


What To Expect From Upcoming Federal and Provincial Budgets

Government Relations Instituite of Canada Event Series  Ottawa, Ontario


Older, Greener, and Leaner: Canada’s Key Challenges and What They Mean For You

McGill on the Move  Toronto, Ontario


Open Markets for Trade and Investment

OECD Forum 2008: Climate Change, Growth, Stability  Paris, France


The Canadian Economy: Are We Back to Normal Yet?

Beef 2010: Raising Optimism. Global Strategies  Calgary, Alberta


The Economic Forecast and Social Outlook for Saskatchewan in 2022

Saskatchewan Forum 2012  Regina, Saskatchewan


KEYNOTE SPEECH – The Saskatchewan Economic Outlook: Opportunities Ahead

Saskatchewan Forum 2012  Regina, Saskatchewan


The Economic Outlook: A Tepid Recovery in Turbulent Times

APEGGA Summit 2012  Edmonton, Alberta


KEYNOTE SPEECH: From Global Crisis to the Next Generation Economy for Canada and Alberta

Minister’s Workforce Forum  Edmonton, Alberta


Pensions Now and in the Future—The Economy, Investment, and Society

Pension Summit 2012: De-Risking for Long-Term Success  Toronto, Ontario


Canada in 2011: The Business Case for Change

Workplace Diversity and Inclusiveness Forum  Toronto, Ontario


The Economic Context for the Food Sector

Canadian Food Summit 2012  Toronto, Ontario


KEYNOTE SPEECH – Growth and Stability in Times of Economic Constraint: Building the Long-term Strength of the Toronto Region

Greater Toronto Summit 2011  Toronto, Ontario



2012 Spring Policy Conference: Raising Canada’s Game in Turbulent Times  Ottawa, Ontario


Sample Talks (5)

Intellectual Property Rights and the Global Economic Slowdown

Does Canada’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime foster and reward innovation? How can IP policies promote business innovation, competitiveness, and productivity? Glen Hodgson will connect the findings of the latest economic and IPR research as he sets the scene for the conference. Glen will be joined by the IPR research collaborators for a dynamic question and answer session on today’s IPR challenges and opportunities.

Canada and the Global Agri-Food Economy

The Conference Board of Canada provides comprehensive economic forecasts and analysis of the global and national economy and of key sectors like agri-food. Glen Hodgson’s presentation will examine current developments in the global economy, such as the financial crisis in Europe; the Canadian economic outlook; Canada’s agri-food sector, domestically and globally; and future prospects.

The Economic Outlook: A Tepid Recovery in Turbulent Times

This workshop is for everyone who would like to better understand the current economic climate, why our current tepid economic recovery is not typical, and why we need to be careful how we interpret the numbers. The presentation will begin with an overview of developments in the global economy, particularly euro-zone and U.S. developments and implications for global growth, and will be followed by an overview of the Canadian economy, and where businesses should focus to remain competitive.

Pensions Now and in the Future—The Economy, Investment, and Society

Between the ongoing Euro crisis, the possibility of a Japan style “lost decade” in the U.S., and a prolonged period of low growth and low interest rates in Canada, economic uncertainty abounds. Glen Hodgson will provide his expert perspective on the current economic environment, and the likely impact on pension fund performance.

The Economic Context for the Food Sector

Glen Hodgson will provide vital insight into the economic and demographic factors that are increasing pressures on the Canadian and global food systems and having a profound affect on the production, processing, and consumption of food in Canada. He will also identify global opportunities arising for Canadian food producers as demand changes in emerging economies.


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  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


2500 to 6500 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee