Economic Update: What’s Ahead for Alberta, Canada, & the World

Brett House | Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank

The economic landscape looks markedly different than it did a year ago: growth is slower, interest rates are lower, and uncertainty is greater. But other things remain the same: trade tensions have stayed high, with knock-on effects on the global economy. This presentation will look at the big themes that are set to remain dominant into 2021 and what they mean for the economic outlook.


Brett House is Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist at Scotiabank. Previously, Brett was Chief Economist at Alignvest Investment Management in Toronto and Global Strategist at Woodbine Capital Advisors in New York; he was a member of the founding teams at both start-ups.

Earlier in his career, Brett served as Principal Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General and as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He cut his teeth in bond markets at Goldman Sachs in London and at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Brett is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in economics from the University of Oxford and Queen’s. In addition, he has held teaching and research roles at Oxford, Columbia, McGill, and Massey College at the University of Toronto.

Brett is from Vineland Station, Ontario, in the Niagara region where he grew up working on cherry, peach, and grape farms. He received the 2015 Good Citizen Award from his hometown.