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Leaders Lunch: RSM Canada’s The Real Economy Seminar – Calgary
February 4 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
About this Event
Canada’s real GDP growth year-over-year has been declining overall since June 2017 in response to external factors that include a global slowdown in manufacturing, the dispersion of energy and commodity production, and uncertainty due to an increasingly fractious global economy and political environment.
Join us and RSM for an insightful seminar, where Kevin Depew, RSM US deputy chief economist and industry eminence program leader, and Alex Kotsopoulos, RSM Canada partner, projects and economics, will share insights for the Canadian middle market on:
How much damage do sluggish industry sectors do to Canada’s real GDP
Which direction are Canada’s equity, bond, commodity and money markets pointing to
State of trade and understanding recent trends in cross-border economic activity
RSM Canada’s seminar is based on the eponymous quarterly publication, The Real Economy, Canada. The Real Economy is dedicated to providing the Canadian middle market with a clear picture of notable economic trends and issues. Access the current edition and sign up for the Real Economy now to receive the firm’s quarterly updates.
About RSM Canada
RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.
RSM Canada LLP provides public accounting services and is the Canadian member firm of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 41,000 people in 116 countries. RSM Alberta LLP is a limited liability partnership and independent legal entity that provides public accounting services. RSM Canada Consulting LP provides consulting services and is an affiliate of RSM US LLP, a member firm of RSM International. For more information visit rsmcanada.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.
About The Speakers
Deputy Chief Economist, RSM US LLP
Summary of Experience
As RSM’s deputy chief economist and industry eminence program leader, Kevin provides RSM’s clients with macroeconomic and industry perspectives and insights they need to successfully manage their middle market businesses. He helps produce two unique reports – The Real Economy and the RSM Middle Market Business Index – which offer insights into the trends and attitudes relevant to the middle market.
In addition to working with external clients, Kevin leads the firm’s newly-created industry eminence program and helps train RSM senior analysts in industry analysis with an emphasis on how artificial intelligence, machine learning and data will reshape RSM’s clients’ industries.
Prior to joining RSM in 2014, Kevin worked at Bloomberg LP, MV Media, Dorsey, Wright & Associates, AG Edwards, Paine Webber and Daily Racing Form.
The middle market is positioned to be a unique driver of innovation and opportunity in the broad economy. These businesses face unique challenges that are quite different from either small businesses or the Fortune 1000, and Kevin works with middle market businesses on how to move forward.
• National Association of Business Economists
• BA, philosophy, University of Kentucky
St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
Partner, Projects and Economics
Summary of experience
Alex Kotsopoulos is partner, projects & economics at RSM. As an economist, he advises companies, governments, regulators and national and international institutions on a broad range of economic topics, helping them assess, evaluate and prioritize investments, initiatives and strategies. He helps companies and public sector organizations make large-scale strategic decisions on a more fully informed basis. Alex specializes in using data to drive decision making on a credible and robust basis.
In the municipal sector, Alex has led major infrastructure cost-benefit assessments, which have been leveraged to drive decision-making, build public support and to engage with funding partners. Most recently, Alex’s work helped the City of Kingston obtain $60 million in funding for infrastructure development. Alex understands the municipal sector and how decisions are made and what type of information Councilors and Staff need to make an informed decision. Alex has significant experience leading and project managing high profile economic, cost-benefit and risk assessments and has led and completed nearly 80 consulting projects and led many of these.
Professional affiliations and credentials
• Chartered Financial Analyst
• Bachelor of Arts, economics and financial, Wilfred Laurier University
• Master of Arts, business economics, Wilfred Laurier University