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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

— May 31, 2022
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Can Canada Avoid Europe’s Energy Crisis?

Can Canada Avoid Europe’s Energy Crisis? is a new study that finds the Canadian federal government is pursuing aggressive climate policies similar to those that have largely contributed to energy prices skyrocketing in Europe, including the mandated transition to renewable energy sources and higher carbon prices.

— Apr 12, 2022
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2021

Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2021 ranks 77 jurisdictions worldwide, including Canadian provinces, on their attractiveness to investors based on responses from mining executives from around the world, and finds that Saskatchewan remains Canada’s top-rated jurisdiction for mining investment, and is the second most attractive worldwide.

— Nov 25, 2021
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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2021

The Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey ranks 22 North American jurisdictions (17 states and five provinces and territories) based on policies affecting oil and gas investment. This year, no Canadian jurisdiction made the top ten. Investors flagged uncertainty concerning environmental regulations, regulatory duplication and inconsistencies, and the cost of regulatory compliance as major areas of concern in Canadian jurisdictions compared to US states.