February 10, 2017
Nancy Olewiler is a Professor at the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. Nancy was Director of the School of Public Policy from its founding in 2003 until September 2014, and Acting Director in fall 2016. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia.
Prior to joining SFU in 1990, she was an Associate Professor at Queen’s University in Ontario. Nancy has held visiting positions at the University of Colorado, University of California, Berkeley, University of New South Wales, and University of Western Australia. She was Chair of SFU’s Economics department from 1995 to 2000.
Nancy has held a number of positions serving many communities, locally and internationally. These include being a member the Board of Directors of BC Hydro from 2001 to 2010 and TransLink from 2008 to 2013 (where she served as its Chair from 2010 to 2013). She is on the Board of Directors of the Pembina Institute and Chairs the Macroeconomic Accounts Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada.
Her areas of research include natural resource and environmental policy, the impact of environmental regulation on the economy, and environmental tax policy. She has published in academic journals, edited books, written two widely used textbooks, and produced numerous reports for the Canadian federal and provincial governments on a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues. From 1990 to 1995 she was Managing Editor of Canadian Public Policy, Canada’s leading public policy journal. Nancy has been a research mentor to the Environment and Economy Program for Southeast Asia and the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economy Program. She is a Commissioner on Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.