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Paul Darby - The Conference Board of Canada. Ottawa, ON, CA

Paul Darby

Deputy Chief Economist | The Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

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As the executive responsible for managing the technical aspects of the Conference Board’s economic modelling and forecasting work, Paul Darby is one of Canada’s foremost experts on using econometrics to determine the impact of policy decisions on the economy.

Well known for his technical expertise and judgment, he is frequently sought after by government departments to spearhead economic and financial research. His clients have included but are not limited to: Finance Canada, the Bank of Canada, Industry Canada, most provincial governments, and the Council of the Federation.

Paul has been involved in projects such as the determination of Ontario’s structural deficit, the development of a model to forecast requirements for physicians and specialists for Ontario, the estimation of federal provincial fiscal imbalances, and the analysis of Canada-U.S. regulatory differences. He is regularly invited to appear before House of Commons and Senate committees.

Paul also manages the Board’s international consulting practice which has involved projects such as the development of econometric forecasting capability in the Ukraine, the development of socio-economic policy options in China and trade related capacity building in South East and South Asia.

Paul obtained his PhD in Econometrics and Monetary Theory from the University of Toronto, 1976; M.A.(Economics), University of Toronto, 1973 and B.A. Economics (Hons.), Carleton University, Ottawa, 1972. Awards: Maxwell MacOdrum Scholarship

Industry Expertise (9)

Market Research

Think Tanks

Government Relations

International Trade and Development

Management Consulting

International Affairs


Government Administration

Public Policy

Areas of Expertise (4)

Economic Analysis and Forecasting

Economic Modelling

Economics and Public Policy

International Economics

Accomplishments (2)

Canadian Project Director – EBED Project (professional)

Evidence-Based Economic Development in Ukrainian Oblasts and Municipalities Project is a 5-year project (2010-2015) that is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and managed by The Conference Board of Canada. The aim of the project is to facilitate sustainable economic development of Ukrainian oblasts and municipalities through building capacity of local authorities in social & economic development planning of the territories using quantitative analysis and forecasting tools.

Deputy 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)

University of Toronto: MA, Economics

University of Toronto: Ph.D., Econometrics and Monetary Theory

Carleton University: Bacherlor of Arts (Honours), Economics

Event Appearances (5)

The Global Economic Outlook

The National Academy of Public Administration (Ukraine) Event Series  Kyiv, Ukraine


Economic Conditions: What It Means To You

Power Smart Forum  Vancouver, British Columbia


Medium-Term Issues in the Canadian Outlook

CABE Moneco-Econtro Summer Conference  Kingston, Ontario


Economic Outlook

2009 Credit Union Directors Conference  Banff, Alberta


The Global Economy: What does it mean for Alberta and Alberta Municipalities

2009 AUMA Convention  Calgary, Alberta


Sample Talks (1)

Economic Conditions: What it Means to You

As many organizations are impacted by the current global economic meltdown they are asking what does the future hold. Get an understanding of the current economic condition from a national and provincial perspective and what it means to your organization. Discussion will also focus on market trends and where we expect to see the economy going.


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  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training


*Will consider certain engagements for no fee