Senior Research Staff
Michael Walker, Executive Director
Michael Walker is Executive Director of The Fraser Institute. He received
his B.A. (summa) from St. Francis Xavier University and his Ph.D. in
Econometrics at the University of Western Ontario. He writes regularly for
daily newspapers and financial periodicals. His articles have appeared in
technical journals in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including The
American Economic Review, the Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian
Public Policy, Health Affairs, and the Canadian Tax Journal. He has written
or edited 48 books on economic matters.
Jason Clemens, Director, Fiscal Studies
Jason Clemens is Director of Fiscal Studies and Non-Profit Studies at The Fraser Institute. He is also the co-ordinator of the Survey of Investment Managers, a quarterly survey summarizing the views and opinions of Canada's largest institutional investors on public policy issues. He 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 Diploma in Economics from Simon Fraser University. He is currently working on his second Masters Degree in Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. His articles have appeared in several Canadian and international newspapers. Mr. Clemens has been a guest on numerous radio and TV programs across the country. He is requested by a number of diverse organizations to speak publicly on a wide range of issues from the size of government to taxes to civil society to welfare reform.
Barry Cooper, Director, Alberta Policy Research Centre
Barry Cooper is Director of the Alberta Policy Research Centre and the Centre for Studies in Defence and Foreign Policy, as well as a Senior Fellow. Professor Cooper has published extensively in the area of political philosophy and Canadian public policy. He has written or co-authored a number of publications for The Fraser Institute including Science Fiction or Science Fact?, Unholy Terror, and Off Limits: How Radical Environmentalists are Shutting Down Canada's National Parks. He has received the Konrad Adenauer Award from the Alexander von Humbolt Stiftung and a Killam Research Fellowship. Barry Cooper is also Professor of Political Science at The University of Calgary.
Peter Cowley, Director, School Performance Studies
Peter Cowley is Director of School Performance Studies at The Fraser Institute.
He received his B. Comm. from the University of British Columbia. Mr Cowley accepted a marketing post with Proctor and Gamble in Toronto. He later returned to Vancouver to begin a long career in marketing and general management in the furniture-manufacturing sector. During his assignments in general management, process improvement was a special focus and interest. In 1994, Mr Cowley 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. This was followed in 1999 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. His most recent work is the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools (2000 Edition) which was published in October of 2000. He continues his research on school performance measurement and related issues for The Fraser Institute.
Nadeem Esmail, Manager of Health Data
Nadeem Esmail is Senior Health Policy Analyst and Manager of Health Data
Systems at The Fraser Institute. He completed his BA (Honours) in Economics
at the University of Calgary, and received an MA in Economics from the
University of British Columbia. He has written on a number of health care
topics, including How Good is Canadian Health Care? a special,
full-length edition of Fraser Forum (August 2002) and Waiting Your
Turn: Hospital Waiting Lists in Canada, 12th and 13th editions,
co-authored with Michael Walker. He is a frequent contributor to Fraser
Forum and his articles have been published in newspapers across Canada.
Kenneth Green, Chief Scientist and Director of the Risk and Environment Policy Centre
Kenneth Green is Chief Scientist and Director of the Risk and Environment Policy Centre at The Fraser Institute. He received his M.Sc. in Biology from the University of San Diego and a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His science and policy research has led to the regular appearance of his work in Canadian and U.S. newspapers, on television and radio, as well as in numerous appearances before policymakers in Canada and the U.S.
He has testified before the U.S. House and Senate, state legislatures and regulatory agencies in California and Texas, and is the author of Global Warming: Understanding the Debate, published by Enslow Publishers.
Claudia R. Hepburn, Director, Education Policy
Claudia R. Hepburn is Director of Education Policy and is based in the Institute's Toronto office. She has a BA in English from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and an MA and B.Ed from the University of Toronto. Ms. Hepburn began her career as a teacher working in Hong Kong, Poland and England and in the Ontario secondary school system. As an education policy analyst and media spokesperson on education issues, she has published several articles on education policy, a major Critical Issues Bulletin entitled The Case for School Choice: Models from the United States, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden (Fraser Institute, 1999), and edited the recent book Can the Market Save our Schools?.
Fred McMahon, Director, Centre for Globalization Studies
Fred McMahon is Director of the Centre for Globalization Studies at The Fraser Institute. He also manages the Economic Freedom of the World project. He received his MA in Economics from McGill University in Montreal. He has been policy director at the Toronto-based Consumer Policy Institute and senior policy analyst at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mr. McMahon is the author of Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth: The Impact of Federal Transfers on Atlantic Canada, which won the Sir Anthony Fisher International Memorial Award for advancing public policy debate, and Road to Growth: How Lagging Economies Become Prosperous. His most recent work, Retreat from Growth: Atlantic Canada and the Negative Sum Economy, features an introduction by Nobel Laureate Robert Mundell. He has been a guest on various radio talk shows and his columns have appeared in several Canadian newspapers.
Mark Mullins, Director of Ontario Policy Studies
Mark Mullins is the Director of Ontario Policy Studies in the Ontario office
of The Fraser Institute.
Prior to this new position at the Institute, Mullins served as President of
MSG Hedge Corporation, a privately owned consulting firm and as Senior
Vice-President and Chief Economist at Midland Walwyn Capital Inc., where he
was responsible for communicating the firm’s outlook on the North American
economy and financial markets. Mullins also brings extensive applied policy
experience, having served as economic and fiscal policy advisor to the
Canadian Alliance Party, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and
the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.
He has an MA from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D from the
London School of Economics and has written extensively on subjects such as
Canadian tax reform, stock market and investment issues, and global
telecommunications. He is also a regular media commentator and has a regular
column at globeandmail.com.
Brett J. Skinner, Manager of
Pharmaceutical and Health Policy Research
Brett J. Skinner is Manager of Pharmaceutical and Health Policy Research for
The Fraser Institute. He is a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Political
Science specializing in health policy at the University of Western Ontario
(London) where he lectures in both the Faculty of Health Sciences and the
Department of Political Science. He earned a BA (Hon) from the University of
Windsor (Ontario) and an MA in Public Policy and Political Science through
joint studies at the U of W and Wayne State University (Michigan). He has
written about health policy issues for the Atlantic Institute for Market
Studies (AIMS) in Halifax, NS, and has worked as a Consultant and Policy
Analyst for the Insurance Bureau of Canada's (IBC) National Health Issues
Program in Toronto, ON.
Niels Veldhuis, Senior Research Economist
Niels Veldhuis is Senior Research Economist at The Fraser Institute. He
holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, with joint majors in
business and economics and a Masters Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser
University. His recent publications and co-publications for The Fraser
Institute include Canadian Government Debt 2003: A guide to the
Indebtedness of Canada and the Provinces (2003), Ontario
Prosperity: Is Best of Second Best Good Enough? (2003), and
Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States (2003). He is
also the primary researcher for Tax Freedom Day. His articles have appeared
in newspapers across Canada and he has been a guest on numerous radio and TV
programs across the country
Senior Administrative Staff
Annabel Addington, Director of Educational Programs
Michael Hopkins, Director of Finance and Administration
J. Kristin McCahon, Director of Publication Production
Sherry Stein, Director of Development
Suzanne Walters, Director of Communications
Editorial Advisory Board
Professor Armen Alchian
Professor J.M. Buchanan
Professor Jean-Pierre Centi
Dr. Herbert Grubel
Professor Michael Parkin
Professor Friedrich Schneider
Professor L.B. Smith
Sir Alan Walters