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.

Looking for a place to get started? Scroll down to see the bright minds behind Smart Prosperity Institute, including from Canada’s largest environment-economy Research Network. Also check out our Initiatives to see the Institute’s research and policy priorities in 2018. Or link directly to the high-profile Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Initiative to see what prominent CEOs and civil society leaders are doing to build a stronger, cleaner economy.

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Stewart Elgie

Executive Chair

Mike Wilson

Executive Director

Mike Moffatt

Senior Director, Policy and Innovation

Geoff McCarney

Director, Research

Stephanie Cairns

Director, Cities & Communities

Alice Irene Whittaker-Cumming

Director of Communications

Katherine Monahan

Senior Research Associate

David Runnalls

Senior Fellow

Dave Sawyer

Executive in Residence

Marena Winstanley

Manager, Knowledge and Partnerships

Jeremy Runnalls

Communications Lead, Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Initiative

Mathias Schoemer

Communications & Outreach Officer

Kim Smet

Manager, Research Network

Mac Radburn

Communications & Outreach Officer

William Scott

Research Associate

Scott McFatridge

Research Associate

Laura Wohrizek

Coordinator, Events and Student Engagement

Stewart Elgie

Executive Chair

Velma McColl

Co-chair Smart Prosperity Institute steering committee, Managing Principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Yaprak Baltacioglu

Former Secretary of the Treasury Board, Government of Canada

Mark Cameron

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

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.

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.

Preston Manning

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

David Runnalls

Senior Fellow

Nancy Olewiler

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

Craig Stewart

Vice President, Insurance Bureau of Canada

Wiktor Adamowicz

Professor and Vice Dean in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

Graeme Auld

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University

Celine Bak

President of Analytica Advisors and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Bipasha Baruah

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Global Women's Issues, The University of Western Ontario

Edward B. Barbier

Professor in the Department of Economics and Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

Catherine Beaudry

Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair on Creation, development and commercialisation of innovation at École Polytechnique de Montréal

Jean-Thomas Bernard

Visiting Professor, Institute of the Environment, University of Ottawa

Steven Bernstein

Professor, Associate Chair and Graduate Director in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Nancy Olewiler

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

Laurel J. Besco

Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto

Raimund Bleischwitz

Chair in Sustainable Global Resources and Director of The Bartlett School of Environment Energy & Resources at University College London

Paul Boothe

Professor Emeritus, Ivey Business School, Western University

Branko Boskovic

Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing, Business Economics and Law at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta

Peter Boxall

Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Department of Rural Economy, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta

Ben Cashore

Professor, Director of the Program on Forest Policy and Governance, Director of the Governance, Environment, and Markets Initiative, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Nathalie Chalifour

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at uOttawa

Tijs Creutzberg

Director of Assessments at the Council of Canadian Academies and a Senior Associate in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto

Margaret J Dalziel

Associate Professor, Conrad Entrepeneurship and Technology Centre, University of Waterloo

Jeremy F. de Beer

Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and a co-founding director of the Open African Innovation Research network, Open AIR.

Antoine Dechezleprêtre

Associate Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science and Senior Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Paul Ekins

Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London

Carolyn Fischer

Carolyn Fischer is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future and currently a Marie Skłodowska–Curie Fellow of the European Commission

George Greene

Institute of the Environment, University of Ottawa

Kathryn J Harrison

Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Richard Hawkins

Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Innovation Studies, University of Calgary

Matthew Hoffmann

Professor, Political Science and Co-Director, Environment Governance Lab

Nick Johnstone

HeadStructural Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD

Gordon R. Lambert

Suncor Sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business

Andrew Leach

Associate Professor at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta, Energy and environmental economist

Richard G. Lipsey

Professor Emeritus, Economics Department, Simon Fraser University, Commissioner of the Canadian Ecofiscal Commission.

Peter Loewen

Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and Director of UCL's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

James R. Meadowcroft

Professor in both the School of Public Policy and Administration and in the Department of Political Science, Carleton University

Richard Morgenstern

Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

Matto Mildenberger

Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of California Sant Barbara

Michal Miedzinski

Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR)

Lucija Muehlenbachs

Assistant Professor,Department of Economics, University of Calgary

Brian Murray

Director, Duke University Energy Initiative

Peter Nicholson

Inaugural President, Council of Canadian Academies

Tom Pederson

Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria

Peter Phillips

Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Center for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

André Plourde

Full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs

David Popp

Professor, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research, Carolyn Rapking Faculty Scholar in Public Administration and Policy, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Barry Rabe

Professor of Public Policy in the Ford School and the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

Leigh S Raymond

Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for the Environment, University Scholar

Nicholas Rivers

Canada Research Chair in Climate and Energy Policy, uOttawa

Gregor Semieniuk

Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL's Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and Lecturer in Economics at SOAS, University of London

Kerry Smith

Professor of environmental economics at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University

Robert Smith

Senior Associate at International Institute for Sustainable Development and Principal at Midsummer Analytics

Andrew Sharpe

Founder and Executive Director of the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS)

Stefan Staubli

Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and an Affiliated Member at the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich

Leah C. Stokes

Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Margaret Taylor

Project Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Engineering Research Associate in Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center

Marian L Weber

Economist, Program Lead - Innotech (Alberta Innovates)

Olaf Weber

Professor at the School for Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.

David A. Wolfe

Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Hendrik Wolff

Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Simon Fraser Unviersity.

Deven Azevedo

EEPRN Student Researcher, 2017-2018

Daniel Rosenbloom

EEPRN Student Researcher, 2017-2018

Nathan Lemphers

SPI Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

Truzaar Dordi

EEPRN Student Researcher, 2017-2018

Vasundhara Saravade

EEPRN Student Researcher, 2017-2018

Diying Wu

SPI Work-Study Student, 2018

Akio Yamazaki

SPI Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2017-2018

Emma McGuire

SPI Research Fellow, 2017-2018

Connor Cosma

SPI Summer Student, 2018

Curtis Rollins

EEPRN Student Researcher, 2017-2018

Alicia Entem

Greening Growth Partnership Student Researcher, 2017-2018

Justine Beaulé

SPI Summer Student, 2018