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 Annual Forecast Dinner


43rd Annual Forecast Dinner
A Virtual Event
January 14, 2021

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David McWilliams
Economist | Broadcaster | Bestselling Author

David_McWilliams-HiRes-May2018-1.jpgDavid McWilliams is ranked among the most influential economists in the world. Consistently accurate in his forecasts, he was the only economist in Ireland who accurately forecast a strong UK Brexit vote, the Trump victory, and the 2008 global crash. With the objective to make economics easily digestible -- and even fun -- David draws on his unique sense of humour when he speaks on trends in growth, currencies, financial markets, and geo-politics.

McWilliams is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, is a regular contributor to Google's famed Zeitgeist conference, and is the third most widely followed economist in the world with 238,000 Twitter followers. He is an Adjunct Professor of Global Economics at Trinity College Dublin, and writes a weekly economics column for The Irish Times.

A bestselling author of four books, David has presented award-winning documentaries, and brought a sell-out, one-man economics stand-up show to the stage at Ireland's renowned national theatre, The Abbey. He is the founder of world's only economics and stand-up comedy festival, Kilkenomics, and also the founder of Ireland's premier literary and ideas festival, the Dalkey Book Festival. 

As a speaker, Davide has presented for companies on four continents such as Google, Erickson, Sony, Altgeris, Citywire, Casenove, and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

David worked as economist in the Irish Central Bank and later in the financial markets with UBS and Banque Nationale de Paris. He studied economics at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe in Bruges.

Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries Headshot.pngAuthor, Keynote Speaker and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker, Mark Jeffries, has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations, agencies and partnerships. Dividing his time mostly between The United States, Canada and Europe, Mark is invited to deliver his highly effective keynotes on ‘Business Communication, Influence & Presentation’ to audiences across many industries. His speeches are relevant, entertaining, and filled with instantly useable takeaway ideas.

Mark has also mastered a fascinating niche—moderating major corporate events. He has rapidly become the go-to person for facilitating, moderating and ‘MC-ing’ multinational events for large and small organizations around the world. As well as running countless industry panels and chatting with more than 150 C-Suite execs, on stage, Mark has also interviewed many celebrities including Will Smith, Richard Branson, Bob Mueller, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Janet Yellen and Michael J. Fox.

Mark has published two books: “What’s up with your Handshake?” and “The Art of Business Seduction” and has just launched 2 highly innovative and very engaging e-learning courses dedicated to elevating users into Trusted Advisors, Persuasive Communicators and Key Influencers. Discussing the power of ‘Business Influence’ and ‘Networking 2.0’, Mark regularly appears as an expert guest on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business, BBC News and writes for The Huffington Post.

Said The Whale

VH_STW_JUNE2018_0028.jpegAfter more than a decade together, Said The Whale have arrived at the purest version of themselves. Cascadia is the Vancouver trio's sixth album, and it sounds like quintessential Said The Whale: with a big-hearted blend of indie rock and atmospheric folk, it perfects all of the elements that have propelled the band to JUNO Award-winning, radio chart-topping success. 

Cascadia represents a back-to-basics approach after the synth-fuelled experimentation of 2017's As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide. That previous record was made amidst intense personal turmoil, as band members Tyler Bancroft (vocals/guitar), Ben Worcester (vocals/guitar) and Jaycelyn Brown (keyboards) upended their sound while weathering personal tragedies and the departure of their long-term rhythm section.

This time around, with their personal lives back in order, the timing was right to return to the core of their signature style. "We sat down with guitars again and wrote songs in the way that feels the most natural to us," Tyler says. "We're just following the whims of the three of us, and it's a much more distilled version of what the band is."

January 14, 2021
Virtual Event

Individual Tickets $50
Group (5 Guests) $250
Group (10 Guests) $500

A portion of the registration fees will be donated to the Young Investor Program (Vancouver).

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm    Registration
5:30 pm - 5:45 pm    Welcome Remarks
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm    Mark Jeffries
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm    David McWilliams
7:00 pm -  7:05 pm   Closing Remarks
7:15 pm - 8:15 pm    Said The Whale

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Thank you to our Forecast Dinner sponsors for their generous support.

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