Helmut is the Chief Economist for Central 1 Credit Union, a position he has held for the past 20 years. Helmut leads the Economics department responsible for providing economic, housing, credit union financial analysis and forecasts to member credit unions.
Prior to joining the Central 1 Credit Union, Helmut spent many years with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation analyzing and forecasting the housing market and economy.
Helmut is frequently called upon by the media to provide comments on economic news and his presentations are in demand by many organizations and groups, including credit unions, trade and professional associations, and service clubs.
He has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia(UBC) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics and Commerce from Simon Fraser University. He completed the Diploma Program in Urban Land Economics from the UBC Sauder School of Business.