Adapting to the modern economy
Todd’s clear-eyed insights help companies and industries transition in an uncertain and unpredictable global economy.

"The world is changing. We're in the liminal space between the old economic order and a new one. This time and space can feel uncomfortable and unsettling. I enable decision-makers to think clearly about the disruptive world they're facing."

About Todd
Helping people adapt to the rapidly changing 21st century economy through storytelling.
Director of the Energy Transition Centre, and a former bank VP & Chief Economist
Economist, Speaker and Author

Todd is a leading expert on managing the transition to a new global economy. A visionary in his field, he inspires audiences around the world to re-think the modern economy, and directs leaders to re-imagine how to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world.

As a speaker, Todd demystifies today's complex, colliding economic factors and interprets their impact, illustrated by relevant and memorable examples valued by industry leaders. His expert assessments map global trends to deliver a fresh, insights-fuelled outlook that enables his audiences to adapt to the emerging economic forces affecting their world, industries and careers.

With three TEDx Talks under his belt, over 2,500 presentations, and four books—audiences enjoy a well-researched presentation with compelling examples, metaphors and images replacing the traditional deluge of charts and graphs, and a modern approach to current economic trends that take into account the past, present, and most importantly the future. Take-aways for attendees help steer forward planning for business, operations and talent management strategies.

The proof is in the testimonials —distinguished speaking opportunities, prestigious venues and year-over-year return appearance requests.

Speaking Topics

Watch my speaker reel and let me provide unique insights to help you navigate the future.

The Problem needing solving:  the global economy is a whirlwind of volatile events and confusing information. How can businesses and industries think about these events in new and clearer ways, and how can they prepare for an uncertain the future?

Credibility:  as a professional bank economist for over 25 years, I understand what is helpful — and what is not. I use language that is clear, accessible and fun for audiences. Charts, graphs and jargon are replaced with story, metaphor and image.

Transformation: for all of us, lack of understanding gives rise to fear. My keynote will bring clarity and insight to the tempest of the global economy.

Listeners will come away with:

  • a clear understanding of forces at play in the global and national economies;
  • new ways to think about government and economic policies, and a challenge to reconsider expectations; 
  • a list of issues that we must address if we are to rebuild, re-imagine and evolve our economy.

CLIENTS CAN CUSTOMIZE the presentation to include any or all of the following sub-topics:

  • The future of work and our changing relationships with our jobs
  • Adapting to sudden changes in the economy
  • A description of current and near-term economic conditions

“Todd is a compelling storyteller, translating economic trends into relatable tales. He leaves corporate leaders and executive teams with lasting impressions."

Manjit Minhas

Co-founder & CEO of Minhas Breweries,
and Distilleries and Dragon on CBC Dragon's Den

"We had Todd Hirsch speak in Dublin, Ireland at our bi-annual Ireland Canada Business Summit.  Todd was engaging , passionate and possessed  an ability to discuss and explain complex economic issues with clarity and humour.

Todd’s  high energy and enthusiasm pervaded the room and interacted significantly with all our members."

KATE HICKEY, Executive Director Ireland Canada Business Association

“Todd’s perspective on adapting to change and his holistic view of what makes an economy thrive was inspiring to our team. He’s a unique and memorable guest speaker whose ability to connect with our audience and leadership team made our session a huge success. I highly recommend Todd for his thoughtful content, clear and energetic delivery, and joyful collaboration.”

Renée Francis

Senior Manager, Executive Communications, Finance - Autodesk - San Fransisco

“Todd is a fantastic speaker and communicator. Using powerful images and story, he was able to convey economic information in a truly unique and relatable way. It was extremely useful to our organization."

Shpendi Elmazovski, CPA, CA

CFO Canada - JTI-Macdonald Corp.

“Todd spoke to an audience of high level executives and government officials interested in bi-lateral trade with Canada. Through his use of images and story, he was able to engage our audience and convey the importance of the commercial links between Canada and Ireland. It was a truly unique presentation and the guests continue to comment on how much the enjoyed the presentation and information Todd brought to life. I'd highly recommend him for any kind of event."

Laureen Regan

President, Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce

“Todd is an engaging speaker who takes complex topics and breaks them down into easy-to-understand information. There's never a dull moment in Todd’s presentations as they are filled with illustrations and metaphors that keep his audience entertained. Todd is the kind of speaker your conference cannot afford to miss out on."


Leann Hackman-Carty

President and CEO, Economic Developers Alberta

“Todd brings insights to business leaders that allow them to strategically shift their thinking and focus, helping their businesses develop and thrive while preparing for the future. He is an approachable, friendly speaker who is always available to help the companies he works with."


Wayne Chiu

Founder and CEO

3 Featured Works

1. Spiders In Space

Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change.
Using the example of spiders learning to survive in zero gravity, this book will help you adapt to your changing environment.


3 Featured Works

2. Spiders In Covid Space

Adapting During and After the Pandemic
Adapting during and after the pandemic is an anthology of inspiring stories about pivots made during the COVID-19 pandemic.


3 Featured Works

3. The Boiling Frog Dilemma

Saving Canada From Economic Decline
The Boiling Frog Dilemma argues that Canada in the 21st century is at risk of falling behind internationally. We need to “up our game” in terms of creativity, innovation, risk taking, entrepreneurialism, cosmopolitanism, community and re-thinking environmental stewardship – or risk becoming economically irrelevant on the global stage.



Take a look at Todd's blog where
you will find useful advice and resources.

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