June – July 2011
IMF AFRITAC. Two technical assistance missions to Malawi and Rwanda to review the Ministry of Finance macro framework and its inter-institutional coordination with the Central Bank and the Planning Ministry, to make recommendations for improvement, and to provide training on macro fiscal issues to the staff.
March - April 2011
Auditor General of Ontario. Advice on revenue forecasts in pre-election fiscal report for audit required under the Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Act.
Mission to Guatemala to give two courses on econometric techniques for revenue forecasting using EViews and to provide technical assistance in revenue forecasting.
Mission to Honduras to give short course on econometric techniques for revenue forecasting using EViews and to provide technical assistance in revenue forecasting.
Mission to Haiti to provide assessment of the need for technical assistance in the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Mission to Honduras to prepare technical assistance on revenue forecasting.
IMF Fiscal Affairs Department/East AFRITAC. Mission to Malawi to prepare a functional and capacity assessment of the Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance.
Asia Branch, Canadian International Development Agency. Participated as the CIDA-sponsored Budget and Revenue Expert in the World Bank Team carrying out an Integrated Fiduciary Assessment and Public Expenditure Review of Cambodia.
August 2008-April 2009
Advisory Panel on Labour Market Information. Advice on consultation with stakeholders and assistance in preparation of a consultation document and final report to the Forum of Labour Market Ministers.
Norman Patterson School for International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada-U.S. Relations Project. Prepared paper on a more open and secure border for trade, investment, and people for presentation at post-U.S. election conference and for publication in conference volume.
Provision of further technical assistance to the Ministry of Hacienda in Costa Rica on revenue forecasting for preparation of Medium-Term Fiscal Framework.
World Bank. Provided technical assistance to the National Investment Planning Office of the Republic of Serbia and prepared an assessment of the NIP System.
December 2007 - January 2008
Veterans Affairs Canada. Costing of the option for Veterans' health programs using an integrated service model.
October - November 2007
Canadian International Development Agency/World Bank. Was the budget formulation and revenue expert on a joint World Bank/Development Partners mission to review the first stage of the Royal Government of Cambodia's Public Financial Management Reform Program and to make recommendations for the second stage.
August - September 2007
Department of Finance Canada and Ministry of Finance Ontario. Served as third-party expert to help resolve differences with respect to the timing of the payment of Corporate Taxes resulting from differences in methodology and data when Ontario enters the Tax Collection Agreement in 2009.
April - May 2007
Auditor General of Ontario. Advice on revenue forecasts in pre-election fiscal report for audit required under the Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Act.
October 2006- March 2007
Industry Canada and Human Resource and Social Development Canada. Preparation of two papers: one on inter-provincial barriers to trade in goods and services and to flows of capital; and the other on inter-provincial barriers to labour mobility (both with Katie Macmillan). These papers were presented to a Roundtable of researchers and practitioner sponsored by the the two departments that was held in Ottawa on March 30, 2007. The papers were subsequently were put up on the Government of Saskatchewan's website to serve as background for its own Public/Stakeholder Consultations on Internal Trade, which is focused on the potential impacts of the BC-Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement on Saskatchewan.
September 2006 - July 2007
Provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Hacienda in Costa Rica on revenue forecasting for preparation of Medium-Term Fiscal Framework. Gave three-week course on Econometric techniques for revenue forecasting using E-Views.
August 2006 - April 2007
Government of Aruba. Prepare report on Government employment and wages and Human Resources Management for publication.
Mission to Mauritius to prepare an assessment of the economic forecasting and modelling needs of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
November 2005 and February 2006
Government of Nunavut. Advice on the upcoming negotiations on the devolution of resource revenues.
Canadian Steel Producers Association, Canadian Fertilizer Institute, the Mining Association of Canada and the Cement Association of Canada. Analysis of the cost to Large Final Emitters of meeting the Kyoto targets for Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Government of Aruba. Mission to Aruba to prepare an analysis of Government employment and wages and an assessment of Human Resources Management.
The Royal Canadian Mint. Economic analysis of coinage issues.
Government of the Northwest Territories, Ministry of Finance. Advice in negotiating an agreement with the Federal Department of Finance on the Devolution of Resource Revenues.
World Bank. Responsible for public sector investment plan in Public Expenditure Review for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Continuation of PERs for members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
Alberta Ministry of Finance. Paper for the Legislative Committee on Strengthening Alberta's Role in Confederation on the pros and cons of and withdrawing from the Tax Collection Agreement and establishing a separate personal income tax collection system for Alberta.
November 2003 - March 2004
National Accounts and Analytical Studies Sector, Statistics Canada. Participate in Quadrennial Program Review of Analytical Studies Branch.
United Nations Development Program. Mission to Turkmenistan to provide advice on budgeting and fiscal forecasting to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Treasury Board, Human Resource Management Office. Review of Research, Analysis and Data Management Activities in the HRMO (with Mark Mueller).
Medical Officer of Health, City of Ottawa. Critique of Conference Board of Canada's study of the impact of municipal anti-smoking by-laws.
Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology. Paper on Benchmarking and Performance Measurement: Development of a conceptual framework for measuring return on investment in research, and commercialization performance (with Heather Robertson).
Innovation Policy, Industry Canada. Further research on university access to research funding and the impact of funding on university research output (with Constantine Kapsalis).
December 2002-March 2004
Government of the Northwest Territories, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Advice in negotiating an agreement with the Federal Department of Finance on the Devolution of Resource Revenues.
October 2002- November 2006
Served as economic advisor and prepared expert report for law firm serving as counsel for steel company involved in lawsuit (with Katie Macmillan and through ITPC).
Summer 2002 - Spring 2003
Paul Martin. Provided assistance in costing policy proposals.
Canadian Steel Producers Association. Advice on Steel Safeguards case before the CITT.
Bombardier Transportation. Advice on free trade with the EU (with Katie Macmillan).
Innovation Policy, Industry Canada. University access to research funding and the impact of funding on university research output (with Constantine Kapsalis).
Bombardier Transportation. Advice on China's accession to the WTO (with Katie Macmillan).
Mining Association of Canada. Paper on the importance of Canadian mining for the transportation sector (with Heather Robertson).
October 2001- December 2002
World Bank. Responsible for public sector employment and public sector investment plan in Public Expenditure Review for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, including St. Kitts, Grenada, St. Lucia and Dominica (only PSIP).
June- November 2001
Mining Association of Canada. Mining Innovation: An Overview of Canada's Dynamic, Technologically Advanced Mining Industry (with Heather Robertson).
June 2001-March 2003
Human Resource Development Canada. Technical assistance in development of Registered Individual Learning Accounts (with Constantine Kapsalis).
Human Resource Development Canada. Analysis of the characteristics of seasonal workers using the labour force survey and EI use survey (with Constantine Kapsalis).
Human Resource Development Canada. Study tour of Nordic countries. Paper on how Nordic countries deal with the problem of seasonal unemployment (with Constantine Kapsalis).
CIDA. Evaluation of Thailand Development Research Institute project.
Canadian Steel Producers' Association. Paper on the Canadian Steel Industry: Challenges and Opportunities.
Minister of Finance of Nunavut. Advice on strategy with respect to Formula Financing negotiations.
December 2000 - February 2001
Intergovernmental Forum of GNWT. Paper on Fiscal Aspects of Devolution and Resource Sharing.
Canadian International Development Agency. Review of Public Sector Investment Planning in Nicaragua. Provided the basis for World Bank assessment of PSIP in its Public Expenditure Review.
Canadian International Development Agency. Teach three-week course on econometric forecasting to officials of the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).
September - December 2000
Human Resource Development Canada. Preparation of a policy paper on improving access to the recourse mechanism for individuals concerning labour mobility.
June 2000- March 2001
Canadian Teachers Federation. Carried out Canada-wide survey of teachers on salary, workload and resource issues.
May - June 2000
Bombardier. Advisor on compensation issues related to Canada's complaint to a WTO panel on Brazil's PROEX subsidies to Embraer (With Katie Macmillan and through ITPC).
April - November 2000
Liberal Party of Canada. Costing of Platform.
April - October 2000
Veterans Affairs. Provide advice on the analysis of benefits of Veterans Land Act for aboriginal veterans for purposes of calculating possible compensation.
Provide assistance to David Husband with assistance on Asian Development Bank Process in creating a medium-term economic and fiscal scenario for the Lao PDR using the World Bank's RMSM-X model.
July - December 1999
Human Resources Development Canada. Development and Costing of Proposal for Individual Learning Accounts.
Prime Minister's Office, Government of Romania. Advisor on tax reform.
World Bank. Expert on Private Sector Development on Mission preparing Republic of Tunisia: Social and Structural Review 2000.
April- September 1999
Bombardier. Preparation of submission to Government of Canada on Bombardier's priorities for the upcoming WTO Millennium Round (with Katie Macmillan and through ITPC).
August 1998-April 1999
Bombardier. Advisor on Canada's complaint to a WTO panel on Brazil's PROEX subsidies to Embraer (with Katie Macmillan and through ITPC).
June 1998- March 1999
Office of the Auditor General. Member of Advisory Committee on Audit of Statistics Canada - Quality Assurance.
Industry Canada. Preparation of a chapter on research by the Growth Network for the report on the Policy Research Initiative. Presentation at Policy Research Initiative Conference
April 1998- August 1999
APEC Secretariat. Free Trade and Investment in the Fisheries Sector of the Asia-Pacific Region: An Economic Analysis of Tariff. (Leader of team composed of Gordon Munro, Paul MacNeil, Alex Fekete, and Gong Xue.)
Canada Information Office. An analysis of the Quebec Government's fiscal position in relation to the Deficit Elimination Act's targets.
Human Resource Development Canada. An analysis using the SPSD/M of the distributional impact of a $1 billion increase in the National Child Benefit in comparison with other options to assist low-income families with children. An assessment of the tax treatment of families with children in relation to other countries (with Katie Macmillan).
United Nations Department for Development Support and Management Services. Provided assistance in preparing a paper on "State Forecasting in Russia: The Process and Methods."
Internal Trade, Industry Canada. Analysis of disaggregated data on interprovincial trade flows (with Katie Macmillan).
Canadian Real Estate Association. Preparation of a proposal to allow RRSPs to invest in rental real estate for presentation to the Finance Committee and the Department of Finance.
July 1997-March 1998
Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Study assessing the Agreement on Internal Trade after two years (with Katie Macmillan).
May 1997- October 1998
Government of Northwest Territories. Adviser in the negotiations with the Federal Department of Finance over the financing arrangements for the two new territories.
Department of Finance. An analysis of personal income tax flows to provinces under the Income Tax Collection Agreements. Resulted in substantial additional payments to provinces.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Preparation of an article on Foreign Direct Investment which appeared under the Minister's signature in the spring 1997 edition of World Markets.
January- June 1997
Liberal Party of Canada. Costing of Platform Proposals.
United Nations Department for Development Support and Management Services. Conference on Macroeconomic Forecasting in Transition Economies sponsored by the UN in cooperation with the Academy for Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation and held in Moscow from December 17-19, 1996. Presented a paper on "Official Economic Forecasting: The Relevance of the Canadian Experience for Transition Economies."
United Nations Department for Development Support and Management Services. Missions to Belarus and the Ukraine to provide technical assistance on macroeconomic forecasting.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Study of the Internal Trade Agreement and Interprovincial Trade Flows (with Katie Macmillan).
Department of Finance. Advice on harmonization of GST with three Atlantic provinces.
Canadian International Development Agency. Project Identification Mission to the Cuban Ministry of Economy and Planning (with Katherine Graham). Prepared report on technical assistance and training needs of the Ministry of Economy and Planning.
Industry Canada. Preparation of a paper presenting a research agenda on SMEs.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Carried out a survey of business people on national unity issues.
Asian Development Bank. Study of Vietnam's transition from a centrally planned economy to the market (with David Husband).
July 1995-February 1996
World Bank. Fiscal and monetary expert on two Missions to Belize to prepare Public Sector Expenditure Review. Wrote PER incorporating input from sectoral specialists.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Study of Quebec interprovincial trade published in May 1995 (with Katie Macmillan).
October 1994-February 1995
Human Resource Development Canada. Chairman of Working Group on Seasonal Work and UI. Report, Jobs with a Future, presented to Minister of Human Resources Development and published in April 1995.
Centre for Trade Policy and Law. Tax incentives for agricultural exports (with Heather Robertson).
Sept.- Nov. 1994
Consumer Association of Canada. Brief on GST reform (with Heather Robertson).
Ontario Ministry of Finance. An update of review of revenue forecasting.
Department of Industry. An Action Plan for an Innovative Economy (with Katie Macmillan and Sonia Murphy).
Métis National Council. Preparation of consultation paper on native housing policy (with Sonia Murphy).
July 1993-July 1994
World Bank. Fiscal and monetary expert on Mission to Belize to develop a Medium-term economic strategy. Responsible for drafting document.
May 1993-September 1993
Industry, Science and Technology Canada. The use of national input-output results to estimate the costs of preferential government procurement (with Heather Robertson).
Queen's/University of Ottawa Economic Projects. A Guaranteed Annual Income for Canada (with Constantine Kapsalis).
Canadian Real Estate Association. An Assessment of the Implications of Mortgage Interest Deductibility Financed by the Introduction of the Taxation of Capital Gains on Principal Residence.
Internal Trade Office, Industry, Science and Technology Canada. Advisor on negotiations to establish a single, integrated Canadian market (with Heather Robertson).
January 1993-March 1994
Evaluation Division, Statistics Canada. Evaluation of Transportation Statistics (with Sonia Murphy).
December 1992-December 1993
Liberal Party of Canada. Costing of Platform proposals and analysis of election issues. Economic Advisor on Red Book.
Federal-Provincial Working Group on Barriers to Employment and Training. Preparation of synthesis report on the identification of barriers to employment and training.
Canadian Real Estate Association. Assistance in preparation of pre-budget brief on tax issues with respect to rental investments.
July 1992-November 1993
Task Force on Fisheries Income and Adjustment. Analysis of proposals for income support and adjustment for fishermen and fish plant workers (with Heather Robertson).
Banque de la République de Burundi. Development of a framework for monetary policy. Technical Assistance funded by the World Bank.
Transport Canada. From the inside out: foreign control of the Canadian air carrier industry (with Heather Robertson).
Fraser Institute. An analysis of the distributional impact of the April 1992 Ontario Budget using the SPSD/M.
Employment and Immigration. Proposal for research program on work incentives and social assistance as background for federal-provincial meeting of labour market ministers.
Industry Science and Technology Canada. A policy paper on a Single, Integrated Market for Canada as background for a federal-provincial meeting of ministers of internal trade (with Heather Robertson).
Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. Analysis of proposed child benefit and options using the SPSD/M.
December 1991-March 1992
Economic Council of Canada. A survey paper on federal government expenditure management and accounting systems for efficiency (with Richard Phidd).
December 1991-July 1992
Employment and Immigration. A study of the identification of training target groups and the penetration rates of CJS using LMAS data.
November 1991-April 1992
Agriculture Sector, Natural Resource Division, Professional Services Branch, CIDA. A study of the human resource needs of the agricultural sector (with Margaret McDonald).
Canadian Labour Force Development Board. Assistance in preparation of paper on constitutional proposals for manpower training.
Ontario Treasury. Study of revenue forecasting methodologies (with Tom McCormack).
Employment and Immigration Canada. Preparation of a paper on the coherence of labour market, social and education policies.
Economic Council of Canada. Advice on competitiveness studies and statement.
Fraser Institute. Preparation and marketing of my book The Economic Consequences of Quebec Sovereignty.
Consumers Association of Canada. Advice on analysis of price impact of GST.
Economic Council of Canada. Paper on the division of the federal public debt under various constitutional scenarios.
May 1991-August 1991
Employment and Immigration Canada. Preparation of a proposal for a earnings supplementation program.
Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. Analysis of 1991 Federal Budget.
January 1991-August 1991
Economic Analysis Division, Department of Fisheries and Oceans. A review of fisheries employment data sources (with Heather Robertson).
Employment and Immigration Canada. Analysis of economic and labour market issues related to options for Quebec's constitutional future.
Petro-Canada. Public sector accounting issues relating to privatization.
Financial Institutions Division, Department of Finance. An estimate of the impact of the proposed Multi-juridictional Disclosure System on Canadian bank-related investment dealers.
Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. Preparation of a brief on the proposed legislation for the reform of financial institutions for submission to the House Finance Committee.
September 1990-December 1991
GST/Consumer Information Office. Advice on impact of GST on prices.
Agriculture Canada. Fiscal Arrangements and Shared Cost Programs in Agriculture.
Economic Analysis Division, Department of Fisheries and Oceans. A review of Statistics Canada data sources on the fisheries.
Economic Council of Canada, Social Policy Project. Modelling and analysis of income support and supplementation options using SPSD/M.
World Bank. Lectured on the macroeconomic framework for government expenditure planning at a course for senior public servants from West Africa in Dakar, Senegal.
Provincial government finance ministries. Analysis of the distributional impact of the GST using the SPSD/M.
November 1989 and June 1990
Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. Advice and presentation on economic outlook.
Asia Branch CIDA. A Prospective Outlook for Canada's Role in Southeast Asia.
Task Force on Northern Cod. Background paper on DFO stabilization model for the fisheries.
September 1989-January 1990
Health Promotion Directorate, Health and Welfare Canada. Survey of the literature on the taxation of alcoholic beverages (with Jim Johnson and Dinah Maclean).
August 1989-January 1990
Insurance Brokers Association of Canada. Preparation of a brief on the issue of the selling of insurance by banks (with Dinah Maclean).
July 1989-March 1991
Program Evaluation Division, Statistics Canada. Evaluation of the Investment and Capital Stock Program.
Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. Analysis of the distributional impact of the proposed Goods and Services Tax.
July and October 1989
Quebec Finance Ministry. Analysis of the distributional impact of the proposed sales tax credit and income tax reduction.
Office of the Auditor General. Participated in the value for money audit of the Tax Collection Account.
Labour and Household Surveys Analysis Division, Statistics Canada. An Analysis of Federal Government Labour Market Programs using the Labour Market Activity Survey. With Dinah Maclean.
Program Evaluation Division, Statistics Canada. Evaluation Assessment of the Monthly Industry Output Measures Program.
Liberal Caucus Research Bureau and the Canadian Labour Congress. Analysis of the distributional impact of the proposed Unemployment Insurance changes.
Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. Analysis of the distributional impact of the April 1989 federal budget.
December 1988-February 1989
Consumers Association of Canada. Analysis of sales tax reform.
November 1988-December 1989
Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Analysis of the variability of fishermen's income and the application of agricultural-type stabilization schemes to the fisheries. With Dinah Maclean.
September 1988-March 1989
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. Analysis of the macroeconomic impact of telecommunications rate changes. With Heather Robertson.
Canadian International Development Agency. Participated in CIDA planning mission to Belize.
Business Council on National Issues. Analysis of government spending plans and the deficit.
Statistics Canada. Models of Investment Behaviour and their Application to the T2 Database.
Ministry of State for Science and Technology. Assistance in preparing a Cabinet Discussion Paper on Government Support for R&D.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters. A study on the elasticity of demand for advertising. With R.A. Muller.
Davies, Ward & Beck, Barristers and Solicitors. Assistance in preparing submission for Genstar Corporation on domestic ownership of Canadian financial institutions.
Program Evaluation Division, Statistics Canada. Prepared report on the functionalization of the government sector of the national accounts as part of the program evaluation of the System of National Accounts.
December 1985-January 1986
Economic Analysis Division, Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Prepared brief for the Fisheries Council of Canada to present to the Forget Commission on the impact of Unemployment Insurance on the Fishing Industry in Atlantic Canada. With Ron Hood.
November 1985-January 1986
Commission of Inquiry on Unemployment Insurance. Prepared background papers on the trade-off between inflation and unemployment and on full employment.
October 1985-July 1986
Evaluation Division, Canadian International Development Agency. Economic Advisor on Industrial Cooperation Program Evaluation.
August 1985-July 1986
Economic Forecasting Division, Department of Finance. Advice and assistance in preparing a new version of QFS, the Quarterly Forecasting and Simulation Model.
Canadian Association for Business Economics. Salary survey of members for 1984.
Operations Branch, Ministry of State for Science and Technology. A survey of the literature on Research and Development and some proposals for future research. With Don McFetridge.
Canadian Real Estate Association. Assistance in the preparation of a pre-budget brief.
Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada. Assistance in preparing an overview of research in the area of macroeconomics and the proceedings of a conference on Canada's long-term economic prospects.
Economic Council of Canada. Assistance in preparing productivity chapter in 22nd Annual Review.
Statistics Canada. Evaluation assessment of the public sector statistics program. With Ron Hood.
Fisheries and Oceans. Report on the organization of forecasting and modelling activities. With Ron Hood.
Labour Canada. Study on the magnitude of labour adjustment as background for the LAB policy review. With Pran Manga.
Canadian Transport Commission. Directed construction of a forecasting model of subsidy payments under the Maritime Freight Rate Act done by Patricia Dale.
December 1984-January 1985
Task Force on Federal Water Policy. Directed study on socio-economic value of water done by R.A. Muller.
November 1984-March 1985
Royal Commission on Economic Union and Development Prospects. Assistance in preparing final report.
October 1984-March 1985
Economic Council of Canada. Report on Indexation and the Taxation of Business and Investment Income.
Economic Council of Canada. Document on Medium-term Problems and Prospects.
Department of Finance. Report on Government Programs and Policies to Assist the Financing of High Technology Enterprises.
Tourism Canada. Review and Evaluation of the Tourism Impact System and Forecasting Methodologies.
Canadian Association for Business Economics. Salary survey of members for 1983.
Department of Finance. The State of the Art in Canadian Macroeconomic Modelling.
Department of Regional Industrial Expansion. Assistance in preparing a Proposal for Study of Service Sector.
Progressive Conservatives. Assisted John C. Crosbie, the Party's Finance Critic, in preparing an alternative fiscal framework for the PCs.
Business Council on National Issues. Discussion Paper on Options for Expenditure Reductions.
Treasury Board. An Analysis of the Growth and Composition of Federal Government Non-Wage Operating Expenditure from 1975-76 to 1982-83.
Canadian Transport Commission. Evaluation of the At and East Grain and Flour Transportation Subsidy Program. (Subcontract from Peat, Marwick).
Economic Council of Canada. A Study of Financial Crowding Out in Canada. With Don Drummond.
Department of Finance. A Study of the Current Pension System for Presentation to the Task Force on Pension Reform. With Ron Hood.
Department of Employment and Immigration. Report on the Establishment of a New Short- term Labour Market Forecasting Group. With Peter Ross.
Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. A Discussion Paper on Current Labour Relations Issues.
Department of Environment. A Study of a Proposed Excise Tax on Leaded Gasoline. (Subcontract from Lavalin).
June 1982-September 1983
Mercier/Ouimet/Masse/Inc. Quarterly economic forecasts and newsletter.
Economic Council of Canada. Project Director for Nineteenth Annual Review, Lean Times.
Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. A Study on Rental Accommodation.
Liberal Caucus Research Bureau. An Assessment of November 1981 Budget.
Economic Council of Canada. Proceedings of Conference on Inflation-Induced Distortions in Financial Reporting and Taxation. Published as Peering Under the Inflationary Veil.
Visiting Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Guelph. Gave public lecture on Federal Government Expenditure Planning.