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Niels Veldhuis appointed president of the Fraser Institute

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Release Date: April 11, 2012
VANCOUVER, BC—The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, has appointed Niels Veldhuis its new president.

Veldhuis, formerly the Fraser Institute’s vice-president of Canadian policy research, will now oversee all aspects of the Fraser Institute’s operations.

One of Canada’s most influential private-sector economists, Veldhuis (pronounced VELD-house) joined the Institute in 2002 and has served as its senior economist and director of fiscal studies. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University and is the author or co-author of six books on economics and public policy, including Learning from the Past: How Canadian Fiscal Policies of the 1990s Can Be Applied Today. In addition, he has written more than 250 articles that have appeared in every major Canadian newspaper as well as The Wall Street Journal and The Economist.

Veldhuis is a frequent commentator on radio and TV nationwide. He also regularly appears before both House of Commons and Senate committees as an expert witness on economic public policy. In 2011, he led a discussion between former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the Surrey Economic Forum.

“Niels Veldhuis is one of the most preeminent economists and trusted policy analysts in Canada. He brings the intelligence, the experience, and the guts necessary to lead the country’s No. 1 think-tank,” said Peter M. Brown, chairman of the Fraser Institute Board of Trustees.

“Since 1974, the Fraser Institute has been educating Canadians about the effects of government intervention and competitive markets. Our mission is now more important than ever. As president, I will ensure that Fraser Institute research is at the forefront of the Canadian, and global, policy debate,” Veldhuis said.