Niels Veldhuis, President
Niels Veldhuis is Fraser Institute President and one of Canada’s most-read private-sector economists. As an economist, Niels has written six books and more than 50 comprehensive studies on a wide range of economic topics including taxation, banking, productivity, investment, entrepreneurship, labour markets and government finances. His latest book The Canadian Century: Moving out of America’s Shadow is a national bestseller published by Key Porter in May 2010. Niels is in high demand for his opinions and perspectives on major economic and social issues, appearing regularly on radio and television programs across Canada and the United States. He has written more than 200 commentaries that have appeared in over 50 newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal and the Economist. He also writes a bi-weekly column for the Financial Post. Niels is regularly asked to appear before committees of both the House of Commons and the Senate as an expert witness. He travels widely across North America, speaking to business groups, corporate gatherings, voluntary organizations and students. Niels holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Master Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University. In 2010, he was named one of Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver and in 2011 led a discussion between former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the Surrey Economic Forum.
Jason Clemens, Executive Vice President
Jason Clemens is the Executive Vice President of the Fraser Institute and the President of the Fraser Institute Foundation. Before rejoining the Fraser Institute in 2012, he was the director of research and managing editor at the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute and prior to joining the MLI, Jason spent a little over three years in the United States with the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute. He has an Honors Bachelors Degree of Commerce and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor as well as a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University. He has published over 70 major studies on a wide range of topics, including taxation, government spending, labor market regulation, banking, welfare reform, health care, productivity, and entrepreneurship. He has published over 300 shorter articles, which have appeared in such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, National Post, and a host of U.S., Canadian, and international newspapers. Jason has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs across Canada and the United States. He has appeared before committees of both the House of Commons and the Senate in Canada as an expert witness and briefed state legislators in California. In 2006, he received the coveted Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award presented by Caldwell Partners as well as an Odyssey Award from the University of Windsor. In 2011, he was awarded (along with his co-authors) the prestigious Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for the best-selling book The Canadian Century. In 2012, the Governor General of Canada on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, presented Mr. Clemens with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to the country.
Peter Cowley, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Director of School Performance Studies
Peter Cowley is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Director of School Performance Studies at The Fraser Institute. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Comm. in 1974. Shortly thereafter, he began a long career in marketing and general management in several sectors. During his assignments in general management, process improvement was a special focus and interest. In 1994, Peter independently wrote and published The Parent’s Guide, a popular handbook for parents of British Columbia’s secondary-school students. The Parent’s Guide web site replaced the handbook in 1995. In 1998, Mr Cowley was co-author of the Fraser Institute’s A Secondary Schools Report Card for British Columbia, the first of the Institute’s continuing series of annual reports on school performance. This was followed by the 1999 Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools, Boys, Girls, and Grades: Academic Gender Balance in British Columbia’s Secondary Schools, and The 1999 Report Card on Alberta’s High Schools. Since then, he has co-authored all of the
Institute’s annual Report Cards. Annual editions now include Report Cards on secondary schools in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec, as well as Report Cards on elementary schools in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.
Ravina Bains, Associate Director, Aboriginal Policy StudiesRavina Bains is Associate Director of the Fraser Institute Centre for Aboriginal Policy Studies. She previously served as director of policy for the federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Ravina holds an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a CN Scholar, as well as an MA in Asian Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia.
Bacchus Barua, Senior Economist, Health Policy Studies
Bacchus Barua is a Senior Economist in the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Health Policy Studies. He completed his B.A. (Honours) in Economics at the University of Delhi (Ramjas College) and received an M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University. Bacchus is the author of the Provincial Healthcare Index (2013) and Why We Wait: Physician Opinions on Factors Affecting Health Care Wait Times; as well as the lead author of Hospital Report Card: British Columbia (2011) and Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Healthcare in Canada (2010–2012).
Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Centre for Natural Resources
Kenneth P. Green is Senior Director of the Centre for Natural Resources at the Fraser Institute. He has studied environmental, energy, and natural resource policy for more than 20 years at think-tanks across North America including the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles; the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC; and previously at the Fraser Institute, where he ran the Centre for Risk, Regulation and the Environment. A frequent commentator in North American print and broadcast media, he has testified before several state and federal legislative bodies in the United States including committees and subcommittees of the House of Representatives and Senate. He twice reviewed reports for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is also the author of two textbooks: Global Warming: Understanding the Debate, for middle-school students studying climate change, and Abundant Energy: The Fuel of Human Flourishing, for post-secondary studies in energy policy. Kenneth holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from UCLA, a Master's in Molecular Genetics from San Diego State University, and a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering, also from UCLA.
Charles Lammam, Associate Director, Tax and Fiscal Policy
Charles Lammam is Associate Director of Tax and Fiscal Policy at the Fraser Institute. Since joining the Institute, Mr. Lammam has published over 35 peer-reviewed studies and 150 original commentaries on a wide range of economic policy issues including taxation, government finances, pensions, investment, income mobility, labour, entrepreneurship, public-private partnerships, and charitable giving. His commentaries have appeared in every major Canadian newspaper, most regional dailies across the country, and some U.S.-based publications. Mr. Lammam regularly gives presentations to various groups, comments in print media, and appears on radio and television broadcasts across the country to discuss the Institute’s research. He has appeared before committees of the House of Commons as an expert witness. Mr. Lammam holds an MA in public policy and BA in economics with a minor in business administration from Simon Fraser University.
Fred McMahon, Resident Fellow, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom
Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom. He manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of 86 independent think tanks around the world. His research focuses on global issues such as development, trade, governance, and economic structure. Fred is the author of numerous research articles and several books including, Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth: The Impact of Federal Transfers on Atlantic Canada, which won the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for advancing public policy debate, Road to Growth: How Lagging Economies Become Prosperous, and Retreat from Growth: Atlantic Canada and the Negative Sum Economy. He has written for numerous publications including the European Journal of Political Economy, the SAIS Journal (School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University), the Wall Street Journal, Policy Options, National Post, Time (Canada), Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, and most other major Canadian newspapers. Research articles he has recently authored or co-authored include: Economic Freedom of North America, Quebec Prosperity: Taking the Next Step, The Unseen Wall: The Fraser Institute's Annual Trade Survey, and Economic Freedom of the Arab World. He has a MA in Economics from McGill University, Montreal.
Deani A. Neven Van Pelt, Director, Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education
Deani A. Neven Van Pelt is Director of the Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education at the Fraser Institute. Before joining the Fraser Institute in 2014, she was the Director of Teacher Education and an Associate Professor of Education at Redeemer University where, for eight years, she taught courses in social and legal foundations of education and led several international research collaborations funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Earlier she taught mathematics and business subjects in both private and public secondary schools. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Western Ontario where she received the Bishop Townshend Award for excellence in graduate studies. Her dissertations, publications and research foci are in education philosophy with a concentration in Charlotte Mason’s approach to education and in education policy with specific interest in diversity in educational design and delivery.
Milagros Palacios, Senior Research Economist, Fiscal Studies
Milagros Palacios is a Senior Research Economist in the Fiscal Studies
Department at the Fraser Institute. She holds a BA in
Industrial Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
and a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Concepción, Chile. She
is co-author of Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States, Fiscal Performance Index, Tax Freedom Day, Canadian Provincial Investment Climate Report, An Empirical Comparison of Labour Relations Laws in Canada and the United States, Union Disclosure in Canada and the United States, Canadian Government Debt, and Transparency of Labour Relations Boards in Canada and the United States. Her recent commentaries have appeared in such newspapers as the National Post and Windsor Star. Since joining the Institute, Milagros has written regularly for Fraser Forum on a wide range of topics including labour regulation, fiscal issues,
taxation, charitable giving, and a host of environmental issues such as
air quality, Kyoto, and water transfers.
Sean Speer, Associate Director, Government Budgets and Fiscal PolicySean Speer is Associate Director of Government Budgets and Fiscal Policy at the Fraser Institute. He previously served in different roles for the federal government including senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister and director of policy to the Minister of Finance. He has been cited by The Hill Times as one of the most influential people in government and by Embassy Magazine as one of the top-80 people influencing Canadian foreign policy. He also served as a researcher for Brian Lee Crowley’s best-selling book Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of Canada’s Founding Values. Sean holds an MA in History from Carleton University and is a PhD candidate in economic history at Queen’s University.