Aug. 08, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil
Signs of economic hardship started to reveal themselves by the end of 2014, recalled then-CREB® president Bill Kirk
While the true severity of the economic slump currently dominating headlines had yet to been felt in 2014, Bill Kirk said the writing was already on the wall by the end of his tenure as CREB® president.
Oil production in the Middle East had just started to ramp up, prices for a barrel had started to fall and jobs in Calgary were suddenly in question, he recalled.
"By the end of 2014, there was talk of an oil glut," said Kirk. "We knew there would be fallout ... (but) no one knew what would happen.
"We were all surprised at how slowly through 2015 the bad news hit."