Dr. Frank Atkins
Dr. Frank Atkins is currently Research Chair, Finance and Capital Markets at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Frank attended the University of Guelph and received an Honours B.A. in 1977, and an M.A. in 1979. Upon graduation, Frank spent two years at the Bank of Canada as an Economic Analyst. In 1981, Frank left the Bank of Canada to further his studies in economics at Queen’s University at Kingston. Frank graduated in 1985, with a Ph.D. in Economics, and joined the faculty at the University of Calgary, retiring in 2015. While at the University of Calgary, Frank had the privilege of supervising the M.A. (Economics) thesis of the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada. As well as publishing many articles in leading economic journals, Frank is a frequent commentator on macroeconomic issues for the major national networks.
Mr. MacKinnon is a frequent commentator on Canadian fiscal issues. He has spoken to audiences across Ontario and his work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post and many local newspapers across Canada. He has also been a guest on The Agenda on TVO , the BNN and other national public affairs programs.
Mr. MacKinnon is a native of Prince Edward Island. He was awarded a B.A. (Honours Economics) from Dalhousie University and an M.B.A. from York University. He was also awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and York University to study at York, Harvard and Oxford Universities as well as the European Institute of Business Studies.
Mr. MacKinnon served as Director, Planning and Economics and Executive Director, Development Strategy in the Nova Scotia Department of Development from 1977 to 1981. He later served in several senior capacities in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Montreal and as CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association from 1996 to 2003. He was also CEO of the Ontario Development Corporation, Ontario's major economic development agency, from 1986 to 1993.
He is a Past Chair, West Park Healthcare Center, a Toronto rehabilitation hospital, and until recently served as a Director and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee at the Canadian Standards Association. He is now a member of the Patient Relations Committee of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, after serving on the governing council of that organization for six years.
In 2012, Mr. MacKinnon joined the board of the Quinte Health Care Center, a community hospital with sites in Picton, Belleville, Bancroft and Trenton. He is also a Governor of Loyalist College, a community college with locations in Belleville and Bancroft, Ontario.
Marco Navarro-Génie is the President of the Halifax-based Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. He served as Vice President of Research at the Prairie-based Frontier Centre after two decades in academia. He taught political science at St. Mary’s College, the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Concordia University in Montreal. His teaching and pioneering research have been recognized with a Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award and an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, respectively. Among his teaching interests are Canadian Institutions and Alberta Provincial Politics.
Dr. Navarro-Génie’s current areas of policy interests are higher education, immigration and labour, and energy and environment. He comments regularly on Canadian institutions, public policy, culture and politics for various national and international print and broadcast outlets that include C2C Journal, Calgary Herald, Telegraph-Journal, Chronicle Herald, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, National Post, Radio-Canada International, CTV News, and RDI.
Ben Eisen is the Associate Director of Provincial Prosperity Studies at the Fraser Institute. He holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.P.P. from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. Prior to joining the Fraser Institute, Mr. Eisen was the Director of Research and Programmes at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies in Halifax. He also worked for the Citizens Budget Commission in New York City, and in Winnipeg as the Assistant Research Director for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Mr. Eisen has published influential studies on several policy topics, including intergovernmental relations, public finance, and higher education policy. He has been widely quoted in major newspapers including the National Post, Chronicle Herald, Winnipeg Free Press and Calgary Herald.