Canadian Economic Outlook Update

  • 20 Jan 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online Virtual Presentation (Webex)


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Panel Discussion: Canadian Economic Outlook Update 

Hosted by AFP Ottawa

Canada's economy has had a bumpy journey since the pandemic, with hopes that vaccine access could mean a return tempered by emerging variants such as Omicron, the future economic landscape is expected to be influenced by many factors such as supply-chain and the global energy crisis, the employment and housing markets, inflation that has crept up all that amid ongoing trade tensions and protectionist measures linked to the stimulus spending bills, further impacting businesses’ investment decisions and households’ purchasing power; all this as we witness increasing events and associated impacts related to climate change. 

Our annual and highly popular economic panel exchange promises to be engaging by focusing on an in-depth analysis of the current key economic drivers including a discussion of global factors which will affect near term forecasts. Initially slated to resume in-person events for January, the AFP Ottawa board has opted to continue with remote presentations due to the uncertainty with the uptake in Covid cases and the Omicron variant.


Stevan Dostanic

Assistant Treasurer, Shopify 

Stevan Dostanic is the Assistant Treasurer at Shopify, where he oversees banking, cash flow forecasting, liquidity and the investment program. Prior to joining Shopify, he held the position of Senior Investment Officer at the City of Ottawa where he was responsible for the City’s investment program and for the management of a $1.5B Canadian bond portfolio, in addition to acting as Chair of the OC Transpo Pension Plan Advisory Committee. He also had stops at MD Financial, Export Development Canada, and the Federal Government. This is in addition to founding Astrolabe Financial Group, a Fee-for-Service and financial education organization. He has served in the past as the Treasurer of CFA Society Ottawa, and is currently in his fourth year as a board member of the Ottawa Chapter of the Association for Financial Professionals.

Stevan Dostanic graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce and holds the CFA® charter, awarded by the CFA® Institute.

Panel Participants:

Jimmy Jean

Head Economist, FCDQ

Jimmy Jean is Vice-President, Chief Economist and Strategist for the Desjardins Group. He directs research, analysis and forecasting and makes positioning recommendations on a variety of issues, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments and the outlook for interest rates. He acts as Desjardins spokesperson on economic news and major issues affecting the economy and financial markets. He holds a master's degree in applied economics from HEC Montréal and holds the CFA designation.

Before joining Desjardins, Jimmy Jean held the position of Senior Strategist at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. He also worked as an economist at Moody's, RBC and Statistics Canada.

Ian Lee

Associate Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Ian Lee graduated with his PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University in 1989 and has been with the Sprott School of Business since 1988. Dr. Lee has taught and researched business strategy and public policy since 1988. His research interests are focused on the intersection of business strategy and public policy including trade agreements, taxation, regulation, privatization, government deficits and specific sectors such as oil and gas. 

Ian Lee is a frequent media analyst on the impact of federal public policies on business and the economy on CTV, Global, CBC and talk radio including appearances on CFRA and Sirius National Post Radio. Dr. Lee has published over 25 Op-Eds and appeared several times before House of Commons & Senate Committees since 2008.

Dr. Lee is a member of the Carleton University Board of Governors. He has also been a member of the Sprott School MBA Committee, Carleton University EURUS Advisory Board and the Carleton University Graduate Appeal Committee since 2010. 

The complete details of the upcoming event are as follows:

Date: Thursday, January 20th 2022

Location: Cisco Webex (link will be sent to all registrants 24 hrs prior to event)

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm MST 

Event Cost: Members - FREE

Non-Members: $25.00

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