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Eugene Beaulieu

Eugene Beaulieu

Eugene Beaulieu, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary and is Program Director, International Economics at The School of Public Policy.

Before pursuing a doctorate at Columbia University, he worked as economist for the Government of Kenya and the Bank of Canada. Dr. Beaulieu’s principal area of research is empirical international economics, with an emphasis on political economy, causes and consequences of international trade policy, as well as economic development.

Dr. Beaulieu sits on the editorial boards of Canadian Foreign Policy; the Forum for Research in Empirical International Trade and manages the online working paper series “Positive Political Economics” for IDEAS. He has served as an advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and currently serves on the International Trade Advisory Committee at Statistics Canada.

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Jean-Christophe Boucher

Jean-Christophe Boucher

Jean-Christophe Boucher, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He specializes in international relations, with an emphasis on Canadian foreign and defence policies, international security, and methodology.

He is currently a director of research in civil-military relations at the Canadian Defence and Security Network funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Dr. Boucher is also a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; a research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Security and Development at Dalhousie University, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur les Relations Internationales du Canada et du Québec.

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Kent Fellows

G. Kent Fellows

Kent Fellows, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Fellows’ current research agenda focuses on the area of computational economics as applied to the construction and use of large-scale quantitative models of inter-sector and interprovincial trade within Canada. Kent is the Associate Program Director for The School of Public Policy’s Canadian Northern Corridor research program, aimed at studying the concept of a multi-modal linear infrastructure right of way through Canada’s North and near North, a project endorsed by the Senate of Canada.

He has previously worked as a researcher for the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health and as an intern at the National Energy Board. Kent can be frequently heard on local and national media lending his expertise on energy and environmental economics and discussing his many published articles.

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Ron

Ron Kneebone

PhD (Economics), McMaster University; MA (Economics), McMaster University; BA (Honours) (Economics and Political Science), McMaster University

Ron Kneebone, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary and the Scientific Director of the Social Policy and Health research division at the School of Public Policy. He specializes in research related to provincial government finances, poverty, and homelessness. From 2016 to 2019, he served on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Homeless Foundation where he was the Chair of the Public Policy Committee. 

Dr. Kneebone is a co-author of two undergraduate textbooks on economics. In 2000, for joint work with Ken McKenzie, he was awarded the Doug Purvis Memorial Prize for the best published work in Canadian public policy. More recently he was identified as a Peak Scholar at the University of Calgary for his work on developing public policy solutions to the problem of homelessness. 

Professor Kneebone has occasionally been asked to provide advice to governments concerning their budgets. In 2002 he served on the Technical Advisory Group for the Alberta Financial Management Commission and in 2017 he was one of 5 members on the Yukon Financial Advisory Panel. He is currently a member of the federal government’s Homelessness Data Advisory Committee. 

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Myles Leslie

Myles Leslie

Myles Leslie, Ph.D, is the Associate Director of Research at the School of Public Policy and an Associate Professor of Community Health. Formerly from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he is also a health services and one-health policy researcher with an appointment in the Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences.

His focus is on the technology, policy, organizational, and clinical level reforms that are needed to support the delivery of high-quality care to Canada’s vulnerable populations.

He brings extensive international experience in ethnography and related qualitative methods to his research, and an interest in the origins and challenges of trust in the creation and implementation of policy to his teaching.

Blake Shaffer

Blake Shaffer

Blake Shaffer, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and The School of Public Policy. His work focuses on electricity markets, climate policy and energy transitions. He uses empirical methods to evaluate policy effectiveness and better understand consumer and firm behaviour.

Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Shaffer had a 15-year career in energy trading, specializing in electricity, natural gas and emissions markets. He has recently held Visiting Scholar and Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar positions at the Toulouse School of Economics is currently a postdoctoral fellow and Fulbright scholar at Stanford University and an Energy Policy Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute.

His recent research has been published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Canadian Journal of Economics and the Energy Journal. His popular writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Postmedia, CBC, and other media outlets. Shaffer has also served as policy advisor for the governments of Alberta, British Columbia and Canada on energy and environmental policy matters.

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Lindsay Tedds

Lindsay Tedds

Lindsay Tedds, Ph.D, is the Scientific Director of the Fiscal and Economic Policy Program at The School of Public Policy and an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Tedds is a specialist in applied economic research and policy analysis, with a particular focus on the design and implementation of tax policy.

She is the co-author of two books, Taxes and the Canadian Underground Economy and User Fees in Canada: A Municipal Design and Implementation Guide and has published a number of book chapters, technical reports, interactive guides, and papers in peer reviewed journals.

Lindsay’s expertise is sought by various levels of government including the City of Calgary Financial Task Force, the B.C. Basic Income Expert Panel, and the Research Advisory Board of the Northern Policy Institute.

Trevor Tombe

Trevor Tombe

Trevor Tombe, Ph.D, is a Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary and a Research Fellow at The School of Public Policy.

Dr. Tombe is one of the most cited economists in the country. His research focuses on the intersection of international trade and macroeconomics, with a particular focus on the factors influencing productivity within and between countries.

He has been published in a variety of leading academic economics journals including, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Along with his various policy papers written through The School of Public Policy, Dr. Tombe is a contributor to Maclean’s Magazine and the Financial Post and regularly promotes public understanding of economics and policy issues through local and national media.

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Jennifer Winter

Jennifer Winter

Jennifer Winter, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy research division at The School of Public Policy.

Her research is focused on the effects of government regulation and policy on the development of natural resources and energy, and the consequences and trade-offs of energy development.

Dr. Winter is actively engaged in increasing public understanding of energy and environmental policy issues. Recognition of her efforts include a 2014 Young Women in Energy Award and being named one of Alberta Oil Magazine’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2016.

Dr. Winter currently serves on the Future Leaders Board of Directors of the World Petroleum Council Canada and is a member of Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment Advisory Group.

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Lisa Young

Lisa Young

Lisa Young, Ph.D, is Director of Graduate Programs at The School of Public Policy, and a Professor of Political Science. With a background in Canadian politics, she teaches courses focused on governance and the politics of public policy. She is frequently heard on local and national media commenting on Alberta and Canadian politics and public policy.

She is author or co-author of several books, including Feminists and Party PoliticsRebuilding Canadian Party PoliticsAdvocacy Groups, and Money, Politics & Democracy. Her current research includes a study of policy responses to the threat of foreign interference in Canadian elections, a survey of donors to Canadian political parties, and various dimensions of post-secondary education policy.

She is currently President of the Prairie Political Science Association, and has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Jennifer Zwicker

Jennifer Zwicker

Jennifer Zwicker, Ph.D, is the Director of Health Policy at The School of Public Policy and an Associate  Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Disability Policy for Children and Youth

Dr. Zwicker’s focus is on social policy and healthcare reform and is a member of the Owerko Center in the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the O’Brien Institute of Public Health. With broad interests in the impact of health and social policy on health outcomes, Dr. Zwicker’s recent research utilizes economic evaluation and policy analysis to assess interventions and inform policy around allocation of funding, services and support for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families.

She is an Action Canada Alumni board member and a public member on the council of the Alberta College of Optometrists.

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