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Addressing the need for sustainable and balanced economic growth, the Global Economy program is a central area of CIGI expertise. Its importance was heightened by the global financial crisis at the end of the last decade which gave impetus to the formation of the G20 leaders’ summits — a development for which CIGI experts had advocated. The Global Economy area includes macroeconomic regulation (such as fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policies), financial regulation (such as requirements on capitalization of banks) and trade policy. We live in an increasingly interdependent world, where rapid change in one nation’s economic system may affect many nations. CIGI believes improved governance of the global economy can increase prosperity for all humankind.

Interim Director: Paul Jenkins

Program Manager: Heather McNorgan

Media contact: Holly Postlethwaite

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Susan Ariel Aaronson

Senior Fellow

Susan Ariel Aaronson is a senior fellow with the Global Economy Program. She is an expert in international trade, digital trade, corruption and good governance, and human rights. As part of her work for CIGI, Susan is currently developing a digital trade and digital protectionism strategy for Canada. She is also co-authoring a paper with Senior Fellow Patrick Leblond about China’s efforts to be a leader in the digital trade sphere.

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Angelo Federico Arcelli

Senior Fellow

Angelo Federico Arcelli is currently a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC (resident in 2012–2013).

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Thomas A. Bernes

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Thomas A. Bernes is a CIGI Distinguished Fellow. After a distinguished career in the Canadian public service and at leading international economic institutions, Tom was CIGI’s executive director from 2009 to 2012. He has held high-level positions at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Government of Canada. He became a distinguished fellow in 2012.

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Joël Blit

CIGI Senior Fellow

Joël Blit is a CIGI senior fellow researching the topic of innovation, including exploring intellectual property rights, closing Canada’s innovation gap, and the link between Canadian immigration and innovation. Joël is assistant professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, with expertise in the economics of innovation, technology clusters, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, international trade and multinational corporations. 

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Paul Blustein

CIGI Senior Fellow

Paul Blustein is a CIGI senior fellow. An award-winning journalist and author, he has written extensively about international economics, trade and financial crises. Prior to joining CIGI in 2010, Paul was a journalist-in-residence at the Brookings Institution, a staff writer for The Washington Post and the chief economic correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Paul recently released his fifth book, Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the IMF, and he is currently working on a book about China and the global trading system, which will be published by CIGI in early 2019.

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James M. Boughton

CIGI Senior Fellow

James M. Boughton is a CIGI Senior Fellow. He is a former historian of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a role he held from 1992 to 2012. From 2001 to 2010, he also served as assistant director in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department at the IMF. At CIGI, James’s research focuses on the evolution of Canada’s role in international governance since the 1940s and the potential for further evolution in the near future.

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Jorge Braga de Macedo

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

CIGI Distinguished Fellow Jorge Braga de Macedo is a former minister of finance in Portugal and president of the OECD Development Centre. Having served on CIGI’s International Board of Governors, he is currently president of the Tropical Research Institute and professor and director of the Centre for Globalization and Governance at the Nova School of Business and Economics.

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Sarah Burch

CIGI Senior Fellow

Sarah Burch is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program, where she is contributing to research on financing sustainable development, focused on the exploration of innovative solutions to address challenges associated with climate change and sustainability. Sarah is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada.

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Kevin Carmichael

CIGI Senior Fellow

Kevin Carmichael is a CIGI senior fellow and a national business columnist for The Financial Post. Kevin began his career in journalism reporting with The Canadian Press between 1998 and 2000. He worked at Bloomberg News, first in Ottawa and then in Washington, DC, between 2000 and 2005. While at Bloomberg, he covered the Bank of Canada, the US Treasury and also visited several countries as a member of the Treasury’s press pool. Kevin joined The Globe and Mail in 2008 as the national business correspondent.

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Dan Ciuriak

CIGI Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow Dan Ciuriak joined CIGI’s Global Economy Program in April 2016, focusing on the innovation and trade research theme. At CIGI, Dan is exploring the interface between Canada’s domestic innovation and international trade and investment, including the development of better metrics to assess the impact of Canada’s trade agreements on innovation outcomes. Based in Ottawa, Dan is the director and principal of Ciuriak Consulting, Inc.

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