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Former Chief Economist at BT Financial Group.

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Chris is one of Australia's leading strategic forecasters. A brilliant communicator, Chris has a rare ability to make economics come alive for his audience and has received innumerable accolades for his highly accessible, meaningful, and entertaining presentations.

Previous experience:

Dr Chris Caton served as Chief Economist for 25 years, retiring in 2016. In this role he advised clients on the financial implications of economic trends, policy pronouncements and major political developments.

Dr Caton was also the former head of the Economic Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He is a leading analyst of the current and future state of both the Australian and international economies, and their potential impact on individual industries.

Drawing on his international experience and with an impressive breadth of knowledge, Chris provides succinct and tailored advice in a wide range of industries, including many that are dominated by small businesses.

Talking Points

Financial and Economic Updates

Global Economic Trends

The Economic Outlook For Your Business

The Future of Small Business in the Australian Economy

Chris Caton was well received by all... his presentation was relevant, informative and a good insight into the economy. Mortgage Industry Association

Chris has a great sense of humour and makes economics easy to understand and always has good key points for delegates to take away with them at the end of his presentation.

Tourism Industry Association New Zealand

You were a smash hit! Makes the numbers dance. Clear, polished, engaging, excellent insight into the world of forecasting, absolutely brilliant.

Economics Education Resource Centre

Fantastic presentation, making information which is potentially difficult to understand accessible and easy.

Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand

He entertained as well as providing a serious look at economics. He was willing to listen to my requests and incorporated everything I wanted.

Building Control Commission

Very good. Would be good every year. Excellent. Thank you. Very good. Brilliant. Good, as always. Excellent session. Chris delivered an excellent session as usual. I never get tired of listening to Chris. One of the best presenters I have seen.

CPA Australia

Chris made the audience feel connected to the subject and he also instinctively knows what level to pitch his presentation to. Very easy to listen to and makes quite a dry subject extremely interesting.

Graphic Arts Merchant Association Australia

Chris Caton did an excellent presentation at the conference. If we had more time on the agenda I am sure the questions would have kept going all afternoon. I personally am not a financially focussed person and was pleasantly surprised at the light hearted interludes Chris used throughout his presentation. Another great guest speaker. Thank you.

Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific Limited

Chris received a number of favourable comments from our clients - good economic analysis with plenty of humour and not too high brow.

FIIG Securities Limited

Chris's speech met the objectives we set out to achieve. Being the first time we have done this, we were not sure how it was going to go down, but all feedback to date was positive. He is obviously a confident speaker and knows his material well, and can deliver potentially dry material in a very entertaining way. Our audience was very mixed, both professionally and geographically, and all seemed to take something away from the session.

Intellection Pty Ltd

Chris was very entertaining and informative. He presented very well and with a degree of humour I had not expected in an Economics presentation.


I would like to sincerely thank you for your valuable contribution at the recent BIG Skills Conference. The positive feedback we received was overwhelming, with many of the 1200 delegates who attended, emphasising how inspirational and interesting the conference presentations were. In fact, many delegates said it was the most valuable conference they had ever been to. Your presentation in particular, provided delegates with a global economic picture which deepened their understanding in preparation for subsequent presentations, and you highlighted the fact, during a recession more people will turn to education and training, therefore, change can bring opportunity, as well as loss.

BT Financial Group

We have received wonderful feedback from both the delegates and our Aussie client. It was a pleasure working with you and we look forward to the opportunity of working with you again in the future.


Dr Caton is always a pleasure to work with and very entertaining while still being informative.

Australian Institute of Management QLD NSW ACT NT
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