Jeff Rubin is a CIGI senior fellow, effective November 5, 2015. A Canadian economist and author, Jeff is a world-leading energy expert and former chief economist at CIBC World Markets. At CIGI, he is currently researching the impacts and opportunities for Canada in its transition toward a more sustainable economic model.
Jeff’s work explores the future of Canada’s oil sands in an emission-constrained world, the divestment of Canadian fossil fuels, the case for a national carbon tax and the evolving value of Canadian resources.
One of the world's most sought-after energy experts, Jeff was one of the first economists to accurately predict soaring oil prices back in 2000. His first book, Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, released in 2009, was an international bestseller and was favourably reviewed in both Time and Newsweek. It was the number one selling non-fiction book in Canada and won the National Business Book Award.
Jeff released two further bestselling books through Random House Canada: The End of Growth (2012), which examines the impact of triple-digit oil prices on global economic growth; and The Carbon Bubble (2015), which examines how climate change would impact the Canadian economy and, in particular, the country’s ambitious energy plans. In March 2016, The Carbon Bubble became a finalist for Canada's National Business Book Award.
Previously, Jeff worked at CIBC World Markets and its predecessors for over 20 years. In addition to his role as chief economist, which he held from 1992 to 2009, he also held positions as chief strategist and managing director. He began his career as an economist at Ontario’s Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for projecting future interest rates.
Jeff completed his B.A. in economics at the University of Toronto and graduated from McGill University with a master’s degree in economics.
He has a widely followed blog that is carried on both the Globe and Mail and Huffington Post websites. Jeff is the winner of the Outstanding Canadians Leadership Award in 2015 from the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association