Linda Nazaret

Linda Nazareth

Economist, Future of Work Expert, Author

Linda Nazareth

Linda Nazareth is an economist, a futurist and a respected authority on the future of work.

As a newspaper columnist and an author, she knows how to frame things in ways that both educate and entertain, and as the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change think-tank at the Macdonald Laurier Institute, she knows what she is talking about.

She is also the host of Work and the Future, a new podcast that explores trends around the labour force and the workplace.

Linda’s career has taken some non-traditional turns for someone in her field. Her first jobs was as a government economist where she specialized in labour market planning, which was followed by a stint at a major financial institution where she spent years as a Senior Economist. Wanting to change things up while she could, she lobbied to have a job created for her on Business News Network BNN, and during her time at BNN, Linda started writing books and giving keynote presentations, and eventually left daily broadcasting to give those passions her full-time attention. Her clients have included everyone from American Express through to The Economist Magazine, and all have benefited from her ability to take big ideals and distill them into information that they can use for their own strategic plans.

Linda’s fourth book, Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy draws on the research she has been building for years as well as the insights gained from interacting with audiences across a range of sectors. With it, she is eager to engage people in thinking about what the world might look like when we replace the idea of ‘jobs’ with that of ‘work’ – and why that might not be a bad idea at all. Her newest book, Where We Left Off: Ten Trends Changing the Post-Pandemic Economy, will be released in September, 2021 and will provide a guide to what comes next and how to be ahead of the changes.

A frequent media commentator, Linda has been quoted everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to Wired magazine.

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  1. Where We Left Off: Ten Trends Changing the Post-Pandemic Economy

    Since the beginning of 2020 we have been consumed by Covid-19, and for good reasons. Our health systems, our economy and our lives have been impacted by the pandemic in a way that was projected in very few strategic plans. It is not surprising then that the temptation is to think that once this Black Swan event ends, we can flip the lights back on and have all of our economic problems solved.  The reality, however, is somewhat more complicated. Even before anyone heard of Covid-19, our world was being transformed by powerful megatrends, and in its aftermath there are other changes afoot. For organizations to grow and prosper in the post-pandemic economy they need to be aware of and ahead of those trends.

    Linda Nazareth’s upcoming book, Where We Left Off: Ten Trends Changing the Post-Pandemic Economy, details the economic forces remaking our world and looks at what we need to do to stay ahead of them. From demographic change to the proliferation of artificial intelligence to the need for a reskilling revolution, Where We Left Off provides a guide book to what comes next and how to be ahead of the changes

  2. THE RESILIENT RE-LAUNCH: Getting Ready for a Post Pandemic World

    The lights are out on parts of the economy right now, but they will come back on. When they do, will you be ready? Crafting a plan to deal with the short term is part of that, but so is looking at the longer term. In the shadow of the pandemic, that may mean re-thinking your business model to deal with the new realities. The leadership challenge ahead will be unprecedented: decision-makers will face a never-ending need to think quickly and adapt instantaneously to change while at the same time crafting the best long-term path and inspiring confidence in those around them. Resilience, developing it and inspiring it, will be part of the equation.

    In this inspiring presentation, economist Linda Nazareth will look at your particular industry or organization and talk about its particular challenges both for the immediate future and the for the post-pandemic world. Then, using examples of how other groups have coped with previous disruptions. she looks at the both at the lessons from the past as well as how and why leaders must make their own history as they deal with what lies ahead.

  3. WORK IS NOT A PLACE: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post Jobs Economy

    The world is changing and so is the very notion of ‘work’.  The 2020 pandemic has accelerated the idea that work is not somewhere you need to go every day, and as we move forward there will be more changes ahead. Jobs may not exist and if they do, they may be in a very different form.

    There will also be many changes to the demand for workers. For years we have been told that our aging workforce will mean a shortage of workers in many industries. More recently, the narrative has changed to one where robots do everyone’s work and there are not enough jobs to go around. Which view of the future is correct? More important, how will our lives and organizations change as we navigate the changing realities?

    In this much-requested presentation based on her book of the same title, Linda Nazareth casts an economist’s eye to the way the big trends are changing our realities. From looking at the way global change, demographics, and technology are coming together to reshape the work world through to examining the challenges for individuals, businesses, and governments, she sketches a world that is both unsettling and exciting.

    How can you best prepare for a world where work is not a place? Start with Linda’s presentation and feel like you can meet the future head-on. 

  4. ECONOMORPHICS: The economic trends changing today into tomorrow

    From globalization to urbanization to dealing with demographic change, the world we know is morphing into a different planet with different economic opportunities and challenges.  What are the trends taking today into tomorrow, and what are the trends that are resulting from the shift?

    In ‘Economorphics’ , Linda Nazareth talks about the dozens of things she sees happening, and the challenges – and opportunities they present to the economy, the labour market and the financial markets – and to your industry as well.

  5. RESILIENCE in a time of Economic disruption

    Bouncing back has always been important, but has there ever been a time when businesses got jolted in the way that is true today? As well as the pandemic, megatrends like climate change and fourth industrial revolution are rocking our world, and every business has to adjust, and quickly. Throw in some economic and political shocks and you have a world that must change  on a dime. Only the resilient will survive.

    In Resilience in a Time of Disruption, economist Linda Nazareth explores the concept of resilience, looking at why it is suddenly one of the most important characteristics for companies and their workers to acquire. How are successful organizations dealing with the accelerated pace of change that is becoming the norm? How should companies plan for a time for the possibility that their well-crafted plans have to be scrapped, again? And how do you develop a workforce that thrives in a time of disruption? It Is a brave new world, but with this presentation you will feel that you are ready to deal with whatever it brings.

  6. The Global Economy: Your Industry in Context

    Europe, the U.S., oil prices, interest rates, population change, currency markets, the markets and more – what is the big picture and how do you make the right decisions to stay ahead of the curve?

    How does North America fit into the mix – and how do you plan for your own industry and investments?

    In this presentation Linda Nazareth looks at the economic outlook, the opportunities in the face of challenges, and the way that the larger picture will affect your industry.

  7. YOUR PLACE IN THE BIG WORLD: A Kick off to Strategic planning

    Is your organization looking to the future with an eye to re-thinking strategy? As a kick-off to your strategic planning sessions, let Linda Nazareth give you a big picture view of the world with an eye to where your organization fits with the future. Presentations will be tailored to your organization, incorporating your specific demographic and economic concerns.


    Linda is an experienced and skilled moderator who draws on her own expertise to help your organization and its leaders tell their own story.

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