VANCOUVER, BC—The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, has appointed Jason Clemens its new executive vice-president.
Clemens, formerly a research director of the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute and before that the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco, returns to the Fraser Institute after serving as its director of fiscal studies from 1997 to 2008.
"Jason Clemens is a one of North America’s top economists. He brings the experience, intellect, and determination that will help the Fraser Institute continue to build on its role as Canada’s top public policy research organization," said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute president.
"We’re thrilled to have him back."
Clemens has written extensively on government spending, taxation, labour markets, and many other areas of public policy. He is the co-author of the award-winning book The Canadian Century: Moving out of America’s Shadow and Learning from the Past: How Canadian Fiscal Policies of the 1990s Can Be Applied Today. He has also published commentaries in The Wall Street Journal, National Post, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, and the Montreal Gazette.
Clemens is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and has also appeared before committees of both the House of Commons and the Senate as an expert witness. In 2006, he received the prestigious Canada's Top 40 Under 40 award as well as an Odyssey Award from the University of Windsor.
"The Fraser Institute is an indispensable voice in the global free-market movement," Clemens said.
"Through rigorous, evidence-based research, we will continue to provide Canadians with ideas and policies that will help improve the lives of their children and build a more prosperous country."