Smart Prosperity Institute (formerly Sustainable Prosperity) is a national research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. We deliver world-class research and work with public and private partners – all to advance practical policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy.


Stewart Elgie

Executive Chair

Mike Wilson

Executive Director

Geoff McCarney

Director, Research

Stephanie Cairns

Director, Cities & Communities

Eric Campbell

Director, Communications & Outreach

Katherine Monahan

Senior Research Associate

Sara Jane O'Neill

Senior Research Associate

Marena Winstanley

Manager, Knowledge and Partnerships

Mathias Schoemer

Communications & Outreach Officer

Mac Radburn

Communications & Outreach Officer

William Scott

Research Associate

Scott McFatridge

Research Associate

Laura Wohrizek

Coordinator, Events and Student Engagement

Deborah Ntawigirira

Senior Administrative Officer

Velma McColl

Ms. McColl served as both senior policy and communications advisors to federal Cabinet Ministers across four portfolios: Environment, Industry, Health and Fisheries & Oceans.

Mark Cameron

Mark Cameron has over 15 years experience working in government, consulting, and industry, with a focus on public policy.

Preston Manning

Mr. Manning served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001.

Nancy Olewiler

Nancy Olewiler is a Professor in, and the Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.

Andrew Heintzman

Andrew Heintzman is the President of Investeco Capital Corp, the first Canadian investment company to be exclusively focused on investing in environmental sectors.

David Runnalls

David Runnalls was President of International Institute for Sustainable Development for 11 years.

Daniel Gagnier

Mr. Dan Gagnier was appointed Chief of Staff to Quebec Premier Jean Charest in 2007, and stepped down from the position in September, 2009.

Enid Slack

Dr. Enid Slack is the Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and an Adjunct Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Vic Adamowicz

Vic Adamowicz is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, former Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), and currently University Professor in the Department of Rural Economy, University of Alberta.

Nic Rivers

Nic Rivers is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Institute of the Environment at the University of Ottawa.

Nancy Olewiler

Nancy Olewiler is a Professor in, and the Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.

Harry Kitchen

Harry Kitchen is Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at Trent University.

Marian Weber

Marian Weber has a PhD in economics and leads Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Environmental Planning and Economics Program.

Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison is a Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia.

David Runnalls

David Runnalls was President of International Institute for Sustainable Development for 11 years.