Avery Shenfeld is Managing Director and Chief Economist at CIBC, having been with the firm since 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from HarvardUniversity. One of Canada’s most sought after commentators, Avery follows economic developments and their implications for financial markets. Bloomberg Markets recently named him the most accurate forecaster of the Canadian economy over the past two years, and is a four time winner of the Market Watch award for most accurate forecaster of the US economy. His prior background includes seven years in management consulting, and experience on the economics faculty at the University of Toronto, and in the summer program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has addressed numerous business groups and been quoted in the media in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe.