Atlantic Canada’s independent voice on economic issues


Danielle Goldfarb
Head of Global Research,RIWI Corp

Danielle Goldfarb is Head of Global Research at RIWI Corp. RIWI stands for “real-time interactive world-wide intelligence”. RIWI’s unique technology, originally developed for pandemic surveillance, breaks through noise to find the signal – by reaching the most diverse audiences, including the disengaged and quiet voices who do not typically answer surveys or express their views on social media. Danielle research is on global trade, the global digital economy, real-time labour market data, and agile and predictive data around the world. Danielle’s 2019 Tedx talk is on the smartest way to predict the future. Before joining RIWI, Danielle held senior roles at several economic policy think tanks. Danielle has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.Comm. in Honours Economics from McGill University. 

Rebekah Young
Director, Fiscal & Provincial Economics,Scotiabank


Rebekah joined Scotiabank in February 2019 as Director, Fiscal & Provincial Economics. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Rebekah worked at the executive board of IMF. She was also a senior official at the federal Department of Finance in Ottawa working on a range of topics, from development economics, to the federal budget, to green finance issues.  Rebekah leads our work on provincial and federal economic and fiscal forecasts, public policy issues, and the global auto sector. 

She holds a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, an M.Sc. in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics in London, England, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and Singapore.


Peter Norman
Vice President & Chief Economist, Altus Expert Services,Altus Group 

Peter is a well-known professional land economist and forecaster and is Vice President and Chief Economist at Altus Group. Widely quoted in the Canadian media, Mr. Norman is a frequent expert witness on economic matters and leads a national team of economic consultants advising private and public sector organizations across Canada, providing economic intelligence and strategic information.

Mr. Norman earned a BA at Trent University and an MA at the University of Guelph, has sat on the Executive Committee of the Toronto Association of Business and Economics, the Economic Research Committee of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and is a member of the Association of Ontario Land Economists and a member of Lambda Alpha International, an Honourary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. Peter lives with his wife and four children in Toronto.


Fred Bergman
Senior Policy Analyst,APEC 

Fred is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC). He was previously the Director of the Economics & Statistics Division, Nova Scotia Department of Finance. Mr. Bergman is APEC’s lead on economic impact analysis.

He has provided COVID-19 analysis related to the impact on tourism, restaurants and bars, culture and recreation, and transportation. He also contributed to an assessment of the federal bailout, analysis of working remotely by occupation, and the impact of the pandemic on global value chains. He recently completed an APEC report on the economic impact of COVID-19 on Atlantic Indigenous communities and businesses.

Fred is a Chartered Professional Accountant, has a Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University, a Master of Economics degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University.


Patrick Brannon 
Director of Major Projects,APEC

Patrick is the Director of Major Projects for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) and has been active in economic and business analysis for 25 years.  Patrick oversees APEC’s business intelligence activities.

His work on APEC’s publications and reports gives him a strong understanding of the issues currently affecting the economy of Atlantic Canada.  Patrick recently led studies on digital technology firms in the region and several reports on the impact of COVID-19 on the Atlantic economy.  He is a frequent speaker on the issues important to Atlantic Canada and is passionate about the continued success of the region.   


Kevin MacLean 

Kevin is an economist for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) and holds a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University, with experience working at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa.  Kevin monitors the economic landscape in Atlantic Canada on a continuing basis, with a recent focus on Prince Edward Island and long-run Atlantic projections.

Kevin is currently leading a project focusing on Atlantic Canada’s long-term economic outlook, in addition to working on several reports on the impact of COVID-19 on the Atlantic economy.  He was one of two speakers in APEC’s July webinar.  Growing up in the region, Kevin has a vested interest in the long-term success of the Atlantic economy.

Host & Moderator 

David Chaundy
President & CEO,APEC 

David was appointed President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) in November 2018. Mr. Chaundy joined APEC in 1999, taking on increasingly senior roles, most recently as Director of Research, in which he was responsible for APECs research projects, its member-only publications on Atlantic Canadas economy, and APECs annual business Outlook conference. He also served as Interim President and CEO from April to October 2018.

Mr. Chaundy has directed research projects on a wide variety of topics including international trade and global value chains, international investment, immigration and labour market issues. His recent projects focused on opportunities for Atlantic manufacturers in the EU; opportunities and mechanisms to reduce regulatory trade barriers among the Atlantic provinces; and policies to promote clean growth and the expansion of clean technology firms in Atlantic Canada.

David is a member of the National Stakeholder Advisory Panel for the Labour Market Information Council. He is a Director of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, the Atlantic Association of Applied Economists and the Atlantic Canada Economics Association. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge and a M.Sc. in economics from the University of York, England.

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