eCON 2016 Keynote Speaker: Larry Smith MA


Larry Smith will present his talk: “Economist At Centre Stage: How To Get There and What To Do Then” as a part of our What’s next? theme.

Larry Smith is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo, and is a member of the Conrad Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology.  He is Recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teacher Award.

Larry has assigned more than 30,000 grades and has now taught over 23,000 students, representing more than 10 percent of UW’s alumni.  Over the past 30 years, he has offered career guidance to more than a thousand students and alumni across the widest range of occupations.

Larry is also President of Essential Economics Corporation, an economic consulting practice that serves a wide range of public and private clients.

Larry also advises UW students who start their own ventures. He has now worked with more than 500 teams of student entrepreneurs. Many have gone on to create companies of significant size and success.

Larry’s video Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career, posted on and YouTube, has been viewed more than six million times.  His new book, No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career is available from HarperCollins in Canada, HMH in the United States and Random House in the United Kingdom, India, Australia and New Zealand. It will also be available in translation in China, Korea and Spain and Brazil.


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