Annual Meeting

Monday, May 05, 2008 at 6:00 PM
Auberge, West Brome


Professor Tom Velk of McGill University.

“Elephant in the Room: Inflation or Recession?”

Quoting Dr. Velk:  “I am an experienced journalist, a professional economist and a widely published writer.  Currently, make frequent appearances on CTV’s newsnet.  They like my work.  I was CFCF’s “economics editor” from 1981 to the mid-‘90s.  (At first I had a regular part-time reporter/writer appointment, which I later changed, for tax reasons, to a freelance relationship.)  After 1995 I maintained my Montreal profile with twice daily radio hits on CIQC (before it became 940 news), working live, unscripted and unrehearsed,  with a number of hosts, including Joe Cannon.  I remain a frequent contributor to 940.  I have appeared on the CBC, Global, PBS, Ontario public TV, CTV, Alberta Public Radio, 940 News and CJAD.  I have appeared live and on tape, on the set and in a two-box, solo and with anchors, fielded on-air questions from viewers, and put together full wraps.  For a while at CF, I had my own “business brief”: a 90 second top-of-the-hour TV spot. I have published in the Globe and Mail, Gazette, Financial Post, Le Devior, Wall Street Journal, the Canadian Forum, Policy Options, and Behind the Headlines.  I have a PhD (from Wisconsin) in economics with a minor in Law.  I have undergraduate honors degrees in both economics and American literature.  I have taught at Dartmouth College and McGill University.  I have consulted for the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System and the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.  I am an associate professor of economics at McGill, where I have been either Director or Chairman of the North American Studies Program from its inception.  My professional publications, many of them devoted to public policy and intended for a general audience, include four co-edited books, over 40 articles, chapters in books, published speeches and contributions to conference proceedings.  I have published in Canada, the USA, UK, Mexico, Hong Kong and Italy.  I have lectured on Public Policy all over Canada, in Europe, Iceland, Asia, the USA and South America.  I have lectured for the World Bank in far-off Uzbekistan.”


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