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ATB’s Chief Economist receives honorary degree

Posted on: June 02, 2017

Calgary – ATB Financial is home to a team full of accomplished and giving Albertans. Today, we’re thrilled to congratulate one of them on receiving an honorary degree from Mount Royal University. Chief Economist Todd Hirsch is being given an honorary Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies from the institution.

Todd Hirsch
Todd Hirsch

"Mount Royal is proud to give an honorary Bachelor of Arts with a major in Policy Studies to Todd Hirsch," said Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic, Dr. Jeff Goldberg. "Canadians rely on Todd for economic analysis. At Mount Royal, he's dedicated to our students, often collaborating with the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies."

Todd has worked at ATB since 2007 where he spends the majority of his time sharing Alberta’s economic story in energetic talks. A highly sought-after speaker, Todd presents at hundreds of events a year across the province and provides regular economic commentary to media. Before joining ATB, Todd worked at the Canada West Foundation, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Bank of Canada. Recently, he released his third book, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change. As a volunteer, Todd devotes most of his time to furthering education in our province. He currently serves on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy.

“The education I received in Alberta—primary, secondary and post-secondary—has made all the difference. My career and my calling as an economist have been inspired by an inquiring mind, and this has been fostered by the education I received in this province. I deeply appreciate Mount Royal’s recognition,” said Hirsch

ATB is delighted that MRU is acknowledging Todd’s many contributions to our community. A sincere congratulations to Todd today on this latest accomplishment.

“This is fitting recognition for Todd. He contributes on a daily basis, providing the most useful, timely and accurate economics insight to not just Albertans but all Canadians,” said Peggy Garritty, Chief Reputation and Brand Officer, ATB Financial. “Todd takes, what for many people is a complex subject and makes it understandable, relatable and even entertaining. On top of this, he actively gives of his time to the community and is a pleasure to work with. We’re proud to call him an ATB team member.”

Read the advice Todd gave to Mount Royal's class of 2017 on

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Communications Dir., Economics and Research, ATB Financial

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