Robert Fay

Robert (Bob) Fay is a CIGI senior fellow and an expert in the field of digital economy research.



Robert (Bob) Fay is a highly accomplished and respected leader in the field of digital economy research. With more than 30 years of experience working in the public and private sectors, he has developed expertise in economics, policy analysis and strategic planning.

Bob served as managing director of digital economy at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), where he led a network of researchers focused on the intersection of technology, trade, innovation and governance. In this position, he has played a key role in shaping the discourse around the digital economy and has contributed to numerous policy debates and research initiatives on topics such as data governance, digital innovation and the future of work.

Before joining CIGI, Bob held various leadership positions at the Bank of Canada (BoC), where he was responsible for the assessment of digital technologies for Canada’s economy and international economic developments, and provided short-term forecasting, structural analysis and policy advice. He was also special assistant to BoC Governor Mark Carney and his chief of staff, playing a key role in delivering policy direction. Bob began his career as an economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, where he worked on labour market issues and country-specific analyses.

Bob holds an M.A. in economics from Queen’s University and has published numerous research papers and policy briefs on a range of economic and policy topics.

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