RBC Economics and Thought Leadership aims to build a prosperous and innovative future by harnessing ideas, insights and data to help RBC clients and communities understand the forces shaping the world around us.
Our team of economists and researchers deliver economic analyses, comprehensive reports and conversations with world-leading thinkers that inspire and empower informed decisions in an evolving world.
- In-depth research reports on sustainable growth, climate change, innovation and human capital.
- Timely analysis and forecasts of the economy and financial markets.
- Quarterly economic updates and monthly Canadian housing analysis.
- An ongoing series of conversations with leading thinkers about reimagining Canada’s economy in a time of unprecedented change.
Meet Our Team
Alanna La Rose
Manager, Strategic Partnerships
Claire Fan joined RBC as an economist since 2019 after graduating with a bachelor of business administration from the University of Toronto, and a master in financial economics from Western University. At RBC, she focuses on covering the macroeconomic outlook for Canada and the United States, and is responsible for projecting key indicators including GDP, employment and inflation. Her publications include the inflation watch series and various other analyses on labour market trends, recession probabilities and inequalities.
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist
As chief economist, Craig leads a team of economists providing economic, fixed income and foreign exchange research to RBC clients. Craig is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications and is a key player in delivering economic analysis to clients and the media through the Economics Department’s regular economic briefings.
A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, Craig was appointed Chief Economist in 2001 having joined RBC 1994 after working at another financial institution for seven years. Craig is a participant in a number of the key RBC internal committees and is a member of the CD Howe Monetary Policy Council, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Wilfrid Laurier University, Dean’s Advisory Council at Wilfrid Laurier University and the British Columbia Economic Forecast Council.
Craig and his wife Susan live in Toronto with their three children Emily, Bradley and Jacob.
Assistant Chief Economist
Cynthia helps shape the narratives and research agenda around the RBC Economics and Thought Leadership team’s forward-looking economic and policy analysis. She joined the team in 2020.
Previously, Cynthia was an executive at Finance Canada, most recently heading a team responsible for housing finance policy covering housing-related risks, mortgage lending and funding markets, and the commercial activities of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. She also has experience in current economic analysis and fiscal policy.
Cynthia holds an M.A. Economics degree from the University of Toronto.
Senior Manager, Digital Media
Darren Chow manages the overall look and feel of RBC Thought Leadership and RBC Economics content. A graduate of the York University/Sheridan College Bachelor of Design program and a post-graduate degree in computer animation from Sheridan College.
Darren is well versed in all things multimedia and is involved in all stages of the design process, from concept development and storyboarding to testing and deployment. He brings a wealth of experience to the team, previously working with Autodesk, Blackberry, CIBC, CTV, HOK, and Appleby College.
Senior Director, Content Strategy
Farah has spent the last 15 years at the intersection of business and government, providing strategic policy advice and insights on the issues at the heart of Canadian prosperity. As Senior Director, Content Strategy she brings ideas to life in various formats to reach economic decision-makers and influencers.
Prior to joining RBC, she led thought leadership programs for Deloitte Canada and Deloitte Global Public Policy. An economist by training, Farah has also worked within the Government of Canada and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to advance a wide range of policy issues, including natural resource management, cyber security and manufacturing.
Managing Editor, Economics and Thought Leadership
Naomi joined RBC in 2020. She is responsible for developing the narratives driving the team’s economics and thought leadership reports. Prior to joining RBC, she worked as a business journalist in Canada and Europe, where her coverage of European economics appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Globe and Mail.
She most recently reported on international trade and economics for the Financial Post. Naomi is a graduate of Queen’s University and Toronto Metropolitan University.
Assistant Chief Economist
Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO
As Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, John advises the executive leadership on emerging trends in Canada’s economy, providing insights grounded in his travels across the country and around the world. His work focuses on technological change and innovation, examining how to successfully navigate the new economy so more people can thrive in the age of disruption. Prior to joining RBC, John spent nearly 25 years at the Globe and Mail, where he served as editor-in-chief, editor of Report on Business, and a foreign correspondent in New Delhi, India. Having interviewed a range of prominent world leaders and figures, including Vladimir Putin, Kofi Annan, and Benazir Bhutto, he possesses a deep understanding of national and international affairs. In the community, John serves as a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, C.D. Howe Institute and on the boards of Queen’s University and the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada. John is the author of four books: Out of Poverty, Timbit Nation, and Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution and Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future.
Assistant Chief Economist
Robert Hogue is responsible for providing analysis and forecasts on the Canadian housing market and provincial economies. His publications include Housing Trends and Affordability, Provincial Outlook and provincial budget commentaries. In his functions, he is frequently called to comment on the economy both internally within RBC and externally with clients and the media.
Robert joined RBC in May 2008 after spending 15 years with another Canadian financial institution as a senior economist specializing in industrial analysis. At the outset of his career, he spent four years as an economist with Ontario Hydro, where he specialized in industrial and macroeconomic analysis. Robert holds a Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor’s degree from Université de Montréal.
Trinh Theresa Do
Senior Manager, Thought Leadership Strategy
Managing Editor, Climate and Energy
Manager, Digital Publishing
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