David Madani is Canadian economist at Capital Economics.
Defending the motion
David Madani joined Capital Economics in 2010 from the Bank of Canada, where he worked in the Canadian Projection and Policy Analysis division. David has 10 years of experience in forecasting and conducting analysis of the Canadian economy and will be responsible for the Canada service. He has degrees in Economics from University of Victoria (Canada) and Waikato University (New Zealand).
Helmut Pastrick is chief economist for Central Credit Union 1 Central Credit Union 1
Against the motion
Helmut Pastrick is chief economist for Central Credit Union 1, the central financial facility and trade association for the B.C. and Ontario credit union systems. Mr. Pastrick is the editor of the Economic Analysis of British Columbia and the Economic Analysis of Ontario publications. In addition, he provides economic analysis and forecast services to the credit union system. Prior to joining the Central 1 Credit Union in 1997, he spent many years with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in B.C. analyzing and forecasting the provincial housing market and economy. He is former president of the Association of Professional Economists of B.C., a member of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, and the B.C. Economic Forecast Council. Central 1 serves 2.9 million members and holds $75-billion in assets.