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Linda Nazareth


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Economist & Futurist on Trends and the Workplace

An economist, author and broadcaster, Linda is also the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at think tank The Macdonald-Laurier Institute. In her presentations she tells stories about the big picture and the future, in a way that lets her audiences use the information for their own planning purposes.

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Where We Left Off: Ten Trends Changing the Post-Pandemic Economy

Since the beginning of 2020 we have been consumed by COVID-19, and for good reasons. Our health systems, our economy and our lives have been impacted by the pandemic in a way that was projected in very few strategic plans. It is not surprising then that the temptation is to think that once this Black Swan event ends, we can flip the lights back on and have all of our economic problems solved.  The reality, however, is somewhat more complicated. Even before anyone heard of Covid-19, our world was being transformed by powerful megatrends, and in its after-math there are other changes afoot. For organizations to grow and prosper in the post-pandemic economy they need to be aware of and ahead of those trends.

Work is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy

The world is changing and so is the very notion of ‘work’.  For years we have been told that our aging workforce will mean a shortage of workers in many industries. More recently, the narrative has changed to one where robots do everyone’s work and there are not enough jobs to go around. Which view of the future is correct? More important, how will our lives and organizations change as we navigate the changing realities?

In this much-requested presentation based on her book of the same title, Linda Nazareth casts an economist’s eye to the way the big trends are changing our realities. From looking at the way global change, demographics, and technology are coming together to reshape the work world through to examining the challenges for individuals, businesses, and governments, she sketches a world that is both unsettling and exciting.  How can you best prepare for a world where work is not a place? Start with Linda’s presentation and feel like you can meet the future head-on.

Economorphics: The Economic Trends Changing Today into Tomorrow

From globalization to urbanization to dealing with demographic change, the world we know is morphing into a different planet with different economic opportunities and challenges. What are the trends taking today into tomorrow, and what are the trends that are resulting from the shift? In ‘Economorphics’ , Linda Nazareth talks about the dozens of things she sees happening, and the challenges – and opportunities they present to the economy, the labour market and the financial markets – and to your industry as well.


The Global Economy in Context

Europe, the U.S., oil prices, interest rates, population change, currency markets, the markets and more – what is the big picture and how do you make the right decisions to stay ahead of the curve? How does Canada fit into the mix – and how do you plan for your own industry and investments? In this presentation, Linda Nazareth looks at the economic outlook, the opportunities in the face of challenges, and the way that the larger picture will affect your own business interests.


The Side Hustle Economy: Imagining It, Managing It and Living It

The days of one job and one company are rapidly fading. These days, workers can not only expect to hold a multitude of jobs, they can perhaps expect to hold them simultaneously. Jobs are not the only way to make money either though: from renting rooms to running small businesses the world is open for business – for good or bad.

In this engaging presentation, Linda Nazareth looks at the perfect storm of circumstances that are creating the Side Hustle Economy. Who will be the winners and losers? How should governments and companies prepare to manage their side of it? What do individuals need to do to make the most of it? It is a brave new world, but the Side Hustle Economy offers opportunities as well as challenges if we go into it with our eyes open.

Your Place in the Big World: A Kick-Off to Your Strategic Planning Exercises

Is your organization looking to the future with an eye to re-thinking strategy? As a kick-off to your strategic planning sessions, let Linda Nazareth give you a big picture view of the world with an eye to where your organization fits with the future. Presentations will be tailored to your organization, incorporating your specific demographic and economic concerns.

An Economist’s View of Climate Change

Wildfires, floods, hurricanes – climate change is disturbing planet Earth, and the impacts will extend to the economy. Every industry, from energy to the arts will be impacted. How should organizations put climate change in their strategic plans? What does it all mean for investments, for ESG activation, and the financial markets? What should we be thinking about when it comes to climate change and work? In this thought-provoking presentation, Linda Nazareth casts her economist’s eye on the impact of environmental change on the economy, giving her audiences both food for thought and practical takeaways on how to get ready for a future in flux.

Working It Out: Getting Ready for the Redefined World of Work

It is a watershed moment, a time when everything is on the table and we can choose our own destiny. In the wake of a pandemic that showed us that work can be done a lot more places than in an office, individuals and organizations are making decisions that will shape the future of work for decades to come. It is not just about where we work, however. On a planet that is experiencing a climate emergency with an aging population and robots that are getting smarter by the minute, everything is in flux. Everything needs to be reimagined to accommodate the changes, and that includes work.

This presentation is based on her book of the same title where Linda Nazareth uses her extensive experience as an economist analyzing the labour market to explore the issues that are transforming the way in which we work in a post-pandemic world. With the goal of helping her audience stay ahead of these changes, Linda offers practical strategies to help individuals and organizations adapt to the rapidly evolving changes to office environments, workers’ values, and the future of work.

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Audience reviews:

  • Linda was awesome, and our advisors really appreciated her commentary. - Corporate Affairs Producer, Fidelity Investments Canada ULC
  • Your presentation was extremely informative and thought provoking! Many of our members requested a copy of your presentation as a reference tool to look back on.

    - Calgary Region Home Builders Association
  • Your presentation was of great value to the participants and was described as being both thought provoking and intelligent. We enjoyed the opportunity to work with you.

    - Canadian Society of Club Managers
  • Linda was a very dynamic, knowledgeable speaker with relevant information/data to my job and my future.

    - Attendee, Alberta Corporate Human Resources Event

Speaker Biography

Linda Nazareth is an accomplished economist futurist specializing in demographic, workplace and economic trends, and how they will shape our future. 

In 2020, she launched her podcast: Work and the Future, and in 2021-22, she’s focused on her work on Trends Changing the Post-Pandemic Economy. 

Linda’s authored several books including her latest work, Working It Out: Getting Ready for the Redefined World of Work, a timely and insightful analysis that explores the significant changes taking place in the post-pandemic world of work and offers practical strategies to help her audience adapt and thrive in the redefined future of work. 

In her book, Work is not a Place: our lives & our organizations in the post-jobs economy, Linda engages people in thinking about what the world might look like when we replace the idea of ‘jobs’ with that of ‘work’ – and why that might not be a bad idea at all.  

Her book Economorphics: The Trends Turning Today into Tomorrow, actually started as a presentation to companies looking for help in strategic planning. Previous books include The EverAfter Effect ‘on waking up from the boom years’ and The Leisure Economy examining the retirement of the baby boomers and the attitudes of ascendant generations X and Y.

Nazareth is also the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at policy think-tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.  

Her clients have included everyone from American Express through to The Economist Magazine, and all have benefitted from her ability to take big ideals and distil them into information they can use for their own strategic plans.  

Prior to this, Nazareth was the Senior Economic Analyst for Business News Network (BNN) and Canada’s only full-time on-air economist for over a decade, as well as a Senior Economist with a top 5 bank, and with the federal government.

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