The economic landscape and the 2019 Alberta election

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January 24, 2019
5:00 pm -  
7:30 pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall at the Central Library
Central Library, 800 3rd Street Southeast, Calgary, AB, Canada

Alberta’s economy is at a pivotal point, facing major challenges and barriers impacting growth, investment and competitiveness. Policies impacting the economy, the environment, businesses and job creation are projected to play a vital role in the outcome of the looming provincial election.

How will this play out? What is top of mind for Albertans? How do vibrant businesses impact communities and households? How can the next government help business overcome regulatory roadblocks, while safeguarding our environment?

On January 24, in conjunction with the launch of the Chamber’s provincial election platform, we have partnered up with CBC Calgary to line up a thought-leading panel to discuss the upcoming provincial election and how businesses and the economy will be central to the conversation. 

The Panel will consist of: 

  • Janet Brown, Pollster and Political Commentator
  • Peter Tertzakian, Executive Director, ARC Energy Research Institute
  • Sandip Lalli, President and CEO, Calgary Chamber
  • Trevor Tombe, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Calgary

The event will be moderated by The Calgary Eyeopener’s host David Gray. Following the structured discussion,  audience members will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions.

Join the Calgary Chamber and the CBC Calgary at this event that could help shape how the next Alberta government creates the right conditions for businesses, communities and households to succeed.     


  • Member ticket: $25.00
  • Non-Member ticket: $40.00
  • Student ticket: $15.00


This event aligns with The Road Ahead, CBC’s special focus on Calgary. It’s a marketplace to ideas to share and debate possibilities for the kind of community we want and the kind of city we need. 


About the panelist’s  

Janet Brown

Janet Brown is one of Alberta’s most-recognized political pollsters and analysts. With over 25 years of experience in polling and marketing research, Janet has developed a knack for asking the right people the right questions. Janet sees beyond the headlines and talk radio chatter to assess and interpret what’s happening beneath the surface in Alberta politics. She publishes “Wild Ride,” a quarterly report that tracks political attitudes in Alberta. And she is co-author of “Marginally Better: Polling in the 2015 Alberta Election,” a chapter to be included in “Orange Chinook,” an edited volume to be released by the University of Calgary Press on January 31, 2019.

Peter Tertzakian

Peter Tertzakian is the Executive Director of ARC Energy Research Institute. Peter is an economist, investment strategist, advisor, author and public speaker on issues vital to the future of energy and Canada’s role in meeting evolving energy demand. With over 30 years of experience, his holistic knowledge of physics, innovation, finance, and economics allows him to give audiences thought-provoking advice on how to think about pressing issues on the transition to sustainable energy solutions. 

Sandip Lalli

With a global career that has taken Dr. Lalli from Alberta to Singapore and many other countries along the way, Sandip solidified her home in Calgary when she started as the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce in April 2018.

Prior to taking on this role, various international corporations entrusted her with strategic planning and execution of their most important initiatives. Known for her communication skills and visionary leadership, she has repeatedly been called upon to identify opportunities for growth and assess business risk.

Trevor Tombe

Dr. Tombe is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary and a Research Fellow at The School of Public Policy. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2012, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research focuses on a broad range of topics from international trade and public finance to energy and environmental policy. In addition to his academic work, he regularly promotes the public understanding of economics and policy issues through his numerous public policy papers through the School, active social media presence, and general interest writings in various media outlets.


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