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The Ottawa-based Conference Board of Canada announced on Wednesday that Craig Alexander, former chief economist with Toronto-based Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), will be joining the think tank to lead its own team of economists.

Alexander will be joining the Conference Board in the role of senior vice president and chief economist on Sept. 6, according to the announcement. He will oversee the organization’s macroeconomic outlook products, tourism and custom economic research.

“Craig is one of Canada’s leading economists and brings decades of expertise and experience,” says Daniel Muzyka, president and CEO at the Conference Board. “I am confident that Craig will continue to build on our past success and advance the Conference Board’s mandate to build a better future for Canadians.”

Alexander brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, with most of those years spent as an economist with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Royal Bank of Canada, both based in Toronto, as well as TD, at which he was senior vice president and chief economist between 2010 and 2015. Alexander was most recently vice president of economic analysis at the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto.

“I look forward to contributing my passion and understanding of financial and public policy to elevate the level of public dialogue at a time of great change in our economy and society,” says Alexander in a statement.

He takes over the role from Glen Hodgson, who will remain at the organization as a senior fellow.

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