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Speakers - Provincial & Regional Economic Outlook

Provincial & Regional Economic Outlook Speakers

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.   


Host & Moderator 

David Chaundy
President & CEO, APEC 

David Chaundy is President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), a role he was appointed to in November 2018. Mr. Chaundy joined APEC as an economist in 1999, taking on increasingly senior roles, including responsibilities for APEC’s research projects, its member-only publications on Atlantic Canada’s economy, and APEC’s annual business Outlook conference.

Mr. Chaundy has over twenty years experience researching Atlantic Canada’s economy, sharing his insights and ideas in numerous publications and presentations to business, government and other stakeholders. As someone who lives and works in the region, he is keen to ensure a healthy, inclusive and sustainable Atlantic Canadian economy. And he is passionate about APEC’s vital role as the source for independent research, insights and ideas to advance these outcomes.

Mr. Chaundy is a member of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council and the National Stakeholder Advisory Panel for the Labour Market Information Council. He is Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, a Director and Past-President of the Atlantic Association of Applied Economists and a Director of 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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