Philip Cross spent 36 years at Statistics Canada, the last few years as its Chief Economic Analyst. He wrote Statistics Canada's monthly assessment of the economy for years, as well as many feature articles for the Canadian Economic Observer. After leaving Statistics Canada, he worked for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He is a member of the Business Cycle Dating Committee at the CD Howe Institute. He has been widely-quoted over the years, and now writes a bi-weekly column for the National Post and other papers.