Welcome to RBC Economics Research

RBC Economics Research provides timely and relevant analysis and forecasts of the economy and financial markets in Canada, the United States and key international markets to RBC and its clients.

Meet our Research Team

Craig Wright

Craig Wright

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.

Dawn Desjardins

Dawn Desjardins

Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist

Dawn Desjardins joined the Royal Bank Economics team in January 2006 as a senior economist. She is responsible for the macroeconomic and interest rate forecasts for Canada and the U.S. Previously, Dawn worked as a reporter for Bloomberg Financial News in Toronto covering the Canadian bond and currency

markets. She was also the Canadian bond market strategist for a major U.S. bank for ten years. Dawn is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Paul Ferley

Paul Ferley

Assistant Chief Economist

As Assistant Chief Economist, Paul is responsible for the analysis and forecasting of macroeconomic and financial market developments in Canada, the United States and key overseas economies and is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications.

A graduate of Queen’s University and the

Paul joined the Economics Department of RBC in 2007 after working for twenty years at another major financial institution where he was responsible for generating the macroeconomic outlook for the United States, Canada and Canadian regional economies. Paul started his professional career as an economist in the Research Department at the Bank of Canada.

Paul is a member of the Economic Policy Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and former member on the Editorial Board of Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques. Paul is also Past President and Director of the Toronto Association of Business and Economics (TABE).

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Carolyn King

Managing Editor

Carolyn King joined RBC’s Thought Leadership group in 2016. She is responsible for guiding, writing and editing content for both RBC Economics and RBC’s Office of the CEO. Prior to joining RBC, Carolyn working as a business journalist for two decades, most recently serving as Deputy Bureau Chief for Canada at The Wall Street Journal.

Carolyn holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in political studies from the University of Saskatchewan.

Robert Hogue

Robert Hogue

Senior Economist

Robert Hogue is a member of the Macroeconomic and Regional Analysis Group, with RBC Economics Research. He is responsible for providing analysis and forecasts for the Canadian housing market and for the 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.

Mr. Hogue 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. Mr. Hogue holds a Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor’s degree from Université de Montréal.

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Mathias Hartpence

Economist-Policy Lead

As Economist-Policy Lead for RBC Economics Research since 2017, Mathias primarily focuses on the political economy and public policy issues pertaining to Canada’s place in the world, including trade, labour skills and disruptive technology. Prior to joining RBC, Mathias served as Director, Public Affairs (government relations and policy)

at a major financial institution, and Director of International Policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University – SAIS and a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) degree from McGill University.

Nathan Janzen

Nathan Janzen

Senior Economist

Nathan has been with RBC since 2008 with a focus on covering the macroeconomic outlook for Canada and the United States. He has a MA in economics from McMaster University and a BA in economics from the University of Regina.

Josh Nye

Josh Nye

Economist

Josh joined RBC Economics Research as an economist in 2012. He holds a bachelor of arts (honours) in economics from the University of Western Ontario and a master of science in economics from the London School of Economics.

Gerard Walsh

Gerard Walsh

Economist

Gerard joined RBC Economics Research as an economist in 2014. He holds a bachelor of arts with honours in economics from Dalhousie University and the University of King's College and a master of financial economics from the University of Toronto.

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Rannella Billy-Ochieng

Economist

Rannella joined RBC Economics Research team in 2017 as an Economist. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics & Accounting from University of the West Indies, Master of Research in Money, and Banking & Finance from Lancaster University and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Guelph.

Prior to joining RBC, Rannella worked at another Canadian based Financial Institution and abroad at the Ministry of Finance, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines.

Josh Nye

Brian Waterman

Research Associate

Brian joined RBC Economics Research as a research associate in 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from Concordia University.

Gerard Walsh

Joseph Allegritti

Research Associate

Joseph joined RBC as an Account Manager in 2012. He later joined RBC Economic Research as a Research Associate in 2014. He holds a bachelor of commerce in economics and management science from Ryerson University and is currently pursuing the CFA designation.