Todd Hirsch, MA
Vice President and Chief Economist
Alberta Treasury Branches
Todd Hirsch is the Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial, an Alberta-based financial institution that provides banking services and investment management expertise to 770,000-plus customers in 247 Alberta communities.
He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. For over 20 years, he has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. He also taught economics at the University of Calgary for nearly a decade, both in the Department of Economics and in Continuing Education. He is currently an instructor in the Executive Education program at the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta.
Todd is also the author of three books. His latest, “Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change,” was released in 2017.
As part of his role at ATB Financial, Todd speaks to hundreds of audiences across the country each year, on topics such as the future of work, adapting to change, creativity and innovation, in addition to the economics of community and shifting global realities. He provides commentary to many Canadian and global media outlets including CTV, CBC, the Globe and Mail, and the BBC. Todd is a strong advocate in the arts and culture community. He is the board chair of the Calgary Arts Academy and is on the boards of the Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Ballet.
Todd has been recognized as one of Alberta’s most influential people. He’s received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the University of Alberta's Alumni Honour Award, and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University.
Dr. Michael Hart, PhD
Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement
University of Calgary
Dr. Michael Hart is a citizen of Fisher River Cree Nation and the inaugural Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement. From 2012-2018, he held a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work through the University of Manitoba.
His research focuses on Indigenist perspectives and practices. Dr. Hart led the development of the Master of Social Work in Indigenous Knowledges program at the University of Manitoba and was the first Director of the program. He holds a BSW, MSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Manitoba, as well as a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba.