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2018 Financial Outlook


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Roundtable Luncheon with Rahim Hirji, Benjamin Tal, and Barbara Zvan
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
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Toronto ON, C.D. Howe Institute, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
  • 2018 Financial Outlook

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Rahim Hirji, Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, Manulife Financial

Rahim Hirji is the Chief Risk Officer of Manulife Financial. In this role, he oversees Manulife’s governance and strategy for global risk management as well as the company’s relationships with key supervisory institutions.Mr. Hirji’s team provides independent oversight and guidance for managing risk, including the development and implementation of risk management measures across the company. His team promotes a strong risk culture in which all employees act on their responsibility to manage strategic, market, credit, liquidity, and operational risks.

Prior to his appointment in 2011 as Chief Risk Officer, Mr. Hirji was the Chief Financial Officer for Manulife’s Canadian Division, a position he held since 2007. Mr. Hirji also previously led Manulife’s Global Asset Liability Management Operations and has served in various financial and actuarial roles in Manulife’s Corporate, U.S. and Canadian Divisions.

Mr. Hirji holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, the Society of Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC

Mr. Tal is responsible for analyzing economic developments and their implications for North American fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and commodities markets. He also acts in an advisory capacity to bank officers onissues related to wealth management, household/corporate credit and risk.   Well-known for his ground-breaking published research on topics such as labour market dynamics, real estate, credit markets, international trade andbusiness economic conditions, Mr. Tal not only contributes to the conversation, but frequently sets the agenda.  He has close to 20 years’ experience in the private sector advising clients, industry leaders, corporate boards, trade associations, and governments oneconomic and financial issues.   National and global media regularly seek him out for his insight and analysis on economic issues that impact financial markets, consumers, corporations and public policy. He is also a frequent lecturer in the economic programs ofvarious Canadian universities.

Mr. Tal is a member of the Economic Committee of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Development Committee of the Toronto Board of Trade. He is also a member of the board of Governors of Junior  Achievement of Central Ontario, and a board member of the TorontoFinancial Services Alliance.


Barbara Zvan, Chief Risk & Strategy Officer, OTPP

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