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 Fraser Institute’s Executive Vice-President. Mr. Clemens held a number of positions with the Fraser Institute between 1996 and 2008, including Director of Research Quality, Director of Budgeting and Strategic Planning, and Director of Fiscal Studies. He most recently worked with the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) as Director of Research and held a similar position with the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute for over three years. Mr. Clemens has an Honours 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 nearly 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. Mr. Clemens 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 legislatures 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.
Peter Cowley, Executive Vice President, Development and Marketing
Peter Cowley is the Executive Vice President, Development and Marketing 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, Mr Cowley 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, Mr Cowley 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.
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).
Nadeem Esmail, Director, Health Policy Studies
Nadeem Esmail is the Director of Health Policy Studies at the Fraser Institute. He first joined the Fraser Institute in 2001, served as Director of Health System Performance Studies from 2006 to 2009, and for the past three years has been a Senior Fellow. Esmail has spearheaded critical Fraser Institute research including the annual Waiting Your Turn survey of surgical wait times across Canada and How Good Is Canadian Health Care?, an international comparison of health care systems. In addition, Esmail has authored or co-authored more than 30 comprehensive studies and more than 150 articles on a wide range of topics including the cost of public health care insurance, international comparisons of health care systems, hospital performance, medical technology, and physician shortages. A frequent commentator on radio and TV, Esmail's articles have appeared in newspapers across North America. Esmail completed his B.A. (Honours) in Economics at the University of Calgary and received an M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.
Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Energy and Natural Resource Studies
Kenneth P. Green is Senior Director, Energy and Natural Resource Studies 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, Dr. Green 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. Dr. Green 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, Centre for Tax & Budget Policy, and Centre for Studies in Economic Prosperity
Charles Lammam is Associate Director of the Centre for Tax & Budget Policy and the Centre for Studies in Economic Prosperity at the Fraser Institute. Since joining the Institute, Mr. Lammam has published over 20 research reports and 100 commentaries on a wide range of public policy issues such as taxation, government finances and performance, investment, entrepreneurship, income mobility, labour markets, transportation infrastructure, and charitable giving, among others. His commentaries have appeared in every major Canadian newspaper including the National Post, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, and Vancouver Sun. He is a frequent contributor to Fraser Forum, the Fraser Institute’s flagship policy magazine. Mr. Lammam also regularly gives presentations to various groups, responds to media queries, 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. Mr. McMahon 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.
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, Ms. Palacios 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.
Alana Wilson, Policy Analyst, Energy and Natural Resource StudiesAlana Wilson is a Policy Analyst for Energy and Natural Resource Studies. Ms. Wilson has a MSc. in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and a BSc. Agroecology (Honours) in Food and Resource Economics from the University of British Columbia. She joined the Fraser Institute in 2011 after six years spent working in international and rural development in Washington, D.C., Peru, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Joel Wood, Senior Research Economist, Centre for Environmental Studies, and Senior Research Economist, Centre for Risk and RegulationJoel Wood is the Institute’s Senior Research Economist in the Centre for Environmental Studies and Centre for Risk and Regulation. He has completed a Master’s degree in Economics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Ross McKitrick. Dr. Wood completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of British Columbia. His areas of research interest include environmental economics, energy economics, natural resource economics, applied econometrics, applied microeconomics and public policy.