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The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics' Economist-in-Residence Speaker Series provides students, alumni, faculty, staff and the public with new ideas and perspectives in the field of economics.

Each year, one Economist-in-Residence is appointed by the dean of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics to deliver a public keynote address and meet with students and faculty.

2017/18 Economist-in-Residence

On Oct. 18, Brian Lewis, BA ’85, chief economist and assistant deputy minister of the Office of Economic Policy, Ontario Ministry of Finance, will present a keynote on "Ontario’s Economy: Growth in Hazardous Times."

Appointed to this role in March 2015, Brian leads the development of advice to the Ontario government on economic performance, forecasting, analysis and policy. He also plays a leading role in the Ontario Public Service on statistical policy and practices.

Brian joined the Ministry of Finance from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, where he contributed to the transformation of the provincial occupational health and safety system as director of the strategy and integration branch in the Prevention Office. Brian previously had worked for many years at the Ontario Ministry of Finance in progressively senior roles in the areas of revenue and economic forecasting and analysis, playing a key role in annual budgets and fall economic statements. He also supported a wide range of other economic and financial products such as the Quarterly Ontario Finances, Pre-Election Reports and the 2010 Long Term Report on Ontario’s Economy.

Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Brian taught economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and the University of Alberta, and was a research associate at the Western Center for Economic Research. He also studied economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario and the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Past Economists-in-Residence

  • Craig Alexander, Senior VP and Chief Economist for the Conference Board of Canada (2016-17).
  • Jeffry Frieden, Professor of Government at Harvard University; author of Currency Politics (2015-16).
  • Carolyn Wilkins, BA Honours Economics ’87, Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada (2014-15).

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