Todd Hirsch is the Chief Economist at ATB Financial. At ATB, Todd spends the bulk of his time sharing the story of Alberta’s economy in clear-eyed and energetic talks across the province and the rest of the country. A highly sought-after speaker, Todd presents at hundreds of events a year.
Todd also provides frequent economic commentary for CBC, CTV, BNN and other local and national news outlets.
Todd has written two books with co-author and ATB colleague Rob Roach, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline and the latest, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change.
Before joining ATB, Todd spent 20 years as an economist at several different organizations including Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. Before becoming an economist, Todd delivered the Edmonton Journal to the doorsteps of hundreds, worked as a restaurant server at Earl’s and was the self-anointed Slurpee King at a 7-Eleven on Edmonton’s Argyll Road.
Todd is a born-and-raised Albertan, and holds a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. Todd recently received the U of A’s Alumni Honour Award and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University.