A Note from our Chief Economist
It is often said that if you want to throw a fun party, never invite economists!
If you don’t know why, just sit through an advance econometrics class and it’ll become clear. However, I work with a group of economists who break the mold. They’re inquisitive, energetic and wonderful communicators. I oversee our forecasting group for Canada, the U.S. and international economies. As a result, there is no such thing as a boring day, especially during these turbulent times. Part of what makes this career exciting and interesting is having the opportunity to work extensively with colleagues across TD from diverse functional areas. At the same time, I spend a significant amount of time meeting with external TD clients, addressing their economic concerns. In many respects, I have the benefit of a career that bridges the life of business and academics. TD Bank supports economic research within an array of topics, from traditional economic forecasting to public policy initiatives on women labour market issues. I started my career as an economist in 1998, and joined TD after a near 4-year stint working in capital markets providing economic analysis to foreign exchange, money market and bond desks.
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Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of TD Bank Group
Leadership at TD Economics
Beata Caranci is the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for TD Bank Group. Having joined TD in 2003, she leads two economic teams. One is tasked with delivering forecasts, presentations, and research publications for TD clients, and another team oversees Canadian and U.S. economic risk and regulatory stress test requirements. Beata is the Chair of the Economic Council at the American Bankers Association, which meets with the Federal Reserve twice annually to discuss economic and policy views. She's also the Chair of TD's Expected Credit Loss Economic Scenario Committee.
Beata is a passionate supporter of TD’s diversity initiatives and has dedicated more than a decade to researching and driving awareness among policymakers on the labour market friction experienced by women. Her research report, “Get on Board Corporate Canada,” helped influence the Ontario Securities Commission’s rule amendments on disclosure of women on boards. A separate report detailing the obstacles faced by women in STEM fields, lead to an invitation to appear at the Senate Open Caucus to discuss policy prescriptions to counter systemic biases.
Beata's distinguished evidenced-based research combined with the breadth of her role as Chief Economist for TD Bank earned the Professional category award by WXN's Canada's Most Powerful Women.
Beata holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics. Prior to joining TD, she worked nearly four years on a trading floor providing economic analysis to foreign exchange, money market and bond desks.
Derek Burleton is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the Canadian and U.S. economies. Each year, he travels extensively across Canada and the U.S., speaking at more than 75 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets – including the London Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.
Derek maintains a strong interest in public policy issues, and has written substantive reports on health care sustainability, education and immigration reform. He participates in a number of advisory and steering committees both internal and external to TD Bank Group.
Derek Burleton received his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Derek has more than 20 years of experience as an economist in the financial industry.