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Michael Bourque


Chief Executive Officer, CREA


Prior to joining the Canadian Real Estate Association, Michael was President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience in government, public affairs and government relations, including more than 10 years as an association CEO. Michael is focused on the continuing success of and member technology, federal advocacy and the reputation and public understanding of REALTORS® and the value they provide to property owners, buyers and sellers.

Stephanie Hughes


Equities Reporter, Bloomberg


Stephanie Hughes is an equities reporter at Bloomberg, covering North American stocks and Canadian business news. She also worked at publications like the Financial Post, BNN Bloomberg, and Yahoo! Finance Canada where she covered topics spanning banks, the economy, central banks, fintech, real estate and housing policy, as well as cryptocurrencies.

Shaun Cathcart


Director & Senior Economist, Housing Data & Market Analysis, CREA


Shaun is CREA’s Senior Economist and Director of Housing Data and Market Analysis. He manages the team that produces CREA’s national resale housing database and the MLS® Home Price Index. The team also provides housing market intelligence and analytical materials to boards, associations, members, media, government, and other real estate industry stakeholders.

Dawn Desjardins


Chief Economist, Deloitte Canada


Dawn Desjardins is an economist and executive with experience in researching economic and policy issues. Over her career she has communicated complex issues to clients, decision-makers and media audiences. She was RBC’s Deputy Chief Economist, a reporter for Bloomberg Financial News in Canada and a bond strategist at JP Morgan Canada. At RBC, Dawn managed a team of economists who were responsible for the economic and financial market forecasts for Canada and the US. A passionate advocate of women’s labour market engagement, in recent years, Dawn used her research to start conversations, drive policy discussions and effect change.

Jimmy Jean


Vice-President, Chief Economist and Strategist, Desjardins Group


Jimmy Jean is Vice-President, Chief Economist and Strategist at Desjardins Group. He leads a team of researchers, analysts and forecasters that has been named Best Overall Forecaster – Canada by FocusEconomics on numerous occasions. His keen insights and clear communication style make him a sought-after speaker and a regular guest on financial news programs in Canada’s English and French media markets.

Jimmy has been with Desjardins Group for most of his career, but has also served as senior strategist at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and as an economist at Moody’s, RBC Capital Markets and Statistics Canada. He has a master’s degree in applied financial economics from HEC Montréal and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.