Patti Croft has 30 years of experience on Bay Street, working on both the buy and sell side of the street. Her sell side experience as an economist included a 13-year stint with Burns Fry followed by 3 years with Wood Gundy as senior economist working with Chief Economist Jeff Rubin, where she and Jeff were named the two top-ranked economists in Canada by the Brendan Woods survey of institutional investors. In 1996, Patti was named Chief Economist of Canada Trust, the youngest ever woman chief economist of a major financial institution in Canada. In 1998 she made the transition to the buy side, joining Sceptre Investment Counsel where she initially managed high net worth private client portfolios, while acting as a key member of the asset allocation committee as well as the firm's public spokesperson. She ultimately transitioned to institutional client portfolio management while increasing her involvement in the asset allocation process. In early 2004, she joined Phillips Hager & North Investment Management and was named Chief Economist of RBC Global Asset Management in late 2008, post merger of the two entities. She was a member of the asset allocation committees of both PH&N and RBC Asset Management and continued her work in the media, appearing frequently. Patti travelled across Canada in her capacity as Chief Economist, delivering hundreds of presentations each year.
Patti is a graduate in economics from the University of Toronto and is the proud mother of three wonderful kids, now all young adults. After many years as a single working mother, in 2002 she remarried, finding the love of her life. She is an avid dog lover, recently adding a third member to her pack. She is a past board member of Women in Capital Markets and the International Foundation For Employee Benefit Plans.
In September 2010, Patti retired from RBC Global Asset Management and is considering various options in the next chapter of her life.