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Elmira Aliakbari

Director, Natural Resource Studies, Fraser Institute

Elmira Aliakbari is Director of the Centre for Natural Resource Studies at the Fraser Institute. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Guelph, and M.A. and B.S. degrees in Economics, both from the University of Tehran in Iran. She has studied public policy involving energy and the environment for nearly eight years. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute, Ms. Aliakbari was Director of Research, Energy, Ecology and Prosperity with the Frontier Center for Public Policy. She has presented her work at many academic conferences and has been published in the prestigious academic journal Energy Economics. Ms. Aliakbari’s research has been discussed in prominent media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, and her commentaries have appeared in major Canadian and American newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, Washington Times, National Post, and Financial Post.

Recent Research by Elmira Aliakbari

— Jan 9, 2024
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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2023

Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2023 is an annual survey that finds this year, out of the 17 energy jurisdictions included in the survey, Wyoming ranked 1st followed by North Dakota (2nd), Saskatchewan (3rd)—Canada’s highest-ranked province— Oklahoma (4th), and Kansas (5th), with Alberta in the 9th position, while British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador are among the least attractive jurisdictions, ranking 14th and 15th, respectively.

— May 4, 2023
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2022

The Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2022 finds that Saskatchewan is the 3rd most attractive jurisdiction worldwide for mining investment, after Nevada (1st) and Western Australia (2nd). Notably, Newfoundland & Labrador ranked 4th and Quebec ranked 8th in this year’s survey. No other Canadian province or territory ranked in the global top ten, with Ontario ranking 12th, Manitoba 14th and British Columbia 15th.

— Apr 21, 2023
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The Impracticality of Standardizing ESG Reporting

The Impracticality of Standardizing ESG Reporting is the latest essay in the Institute’s series on the ESG (environmental, social and governance) movement. It finds that mandating a uniform set of ESG reporting standards across all public companies would be extremely costly because of the difficulties defining ESG materiality and the scope of ESG standards, measuring and aggregating ESG information, and enforcing ESG standards.