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Alex Carrick

Chief Economist, CanaData

Since 1985, Carrick has been Chief Economist with CanaData, the leading supplier of statistics and forecasting information for the Canadian construction industry.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Trends Shaping the World Economy Alex discusses the impact of three key trends: emerging markets, ageing baby boomers, government austerity efforts and the impact of high tech.

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Summary Profile

Alex Carrick obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) in 1969. His M.A. in Economics was earned at the University of Toronto (U of T) in 1971. After finishing the courses for a doctorate while living at U of T’s Massey College, the lure of the job market proved too great and Mr. Carrick was hired by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), a trade association representing structural steel fabricators. He eventually became the CISC’s Secretary-Treasurer. In 1985, Mr. Carrick became employed as Chief Economist with CanaData, the leading supplier of statistics and forecasting information for the Canadian construction industry. CanaData is a product line of CMD Group LLC, based in Atlanta. Mr. Carrick is traditionally the closing speaker at CanaData’s Annual Construction Industry Forecasts Conference, which will be marking its 30th anniversary in 2015. During the last decade-plus, Mr. Carrick’s endeavors have become much broader in scope. He has delivered presentations throughout the continent on the Canadian, United States and world construction markets. The number of articles he’s written for the company’s various websites has climbed into the thousands. He is frequently quoted by major news outlets. His online video analyses are a popular feature with the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce. Thanks in large measure to his heightened social media presence, Mr. Carrick has recently become CMD Group’s North American Chief Economist. Alex is also an award-winning short story writer. He has twice received Honorable Mention in the international Lorian Hemingway Competition. In the summer of 2012, his personal blog was chosen Writing Website of the Week by Writer’s Digest. Carrick Publications, which Alex manages jointly with his wife Donna, has published nearly 100 anthologies, fiction and non-fiction works by a variety of talented authors.