Chief Economist

Eric Lascelles

Eric Lascelles

Chief Economist

Eric is the Chief Economist for RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM). He maintains the firm's global economic forecast and advises its portfolio managers on key themes and risks. Eric is also a member of the RBC Investment Strategy Committe(RISC), which is responsible for the firm's global asset mix recommendations.

Eric makes regular presentations both within and outside of RBC GAM and is widely recognized for his passionate delivery, timely analysis and candid critiques. He is also a frequent media commentator on global economic and financial trends, appearing regularly on CNBC, BNN and other networks. Eric's written editorials on topics as diverse as the U.S. housing recovery and China's structural imbalances have appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.

Prior to joining RBC GAM, Eric spent close to a decade at another large financial institution, rising from Bank Economist to the Chief Economics and Rates Strategist on the firm's trading floor. Beforehand, he was a Research Analyst at Statistics Canada, in the dot-com industry in Boston and at Goldman Sachs in New York.

Eric holds a graduate degree in Economics from Queen's University as well as a Bachelor of Economics from Princeton University with minors in Finance and Computer Science.

His extracurricular activities include membership on the C.D. Howe Institute's Business Cycle Council, the group that dates recessions and other economic turning points in Canada. He is also an elected member of the Queen's University Council, former Treasurer of a non-profit daycare and prior Mentoring Program Coordinator for the Toronto Association of Business and Economics.