Glen Hodgson brings nearly 35 years of experience and a specialization in macro-economics, international trade and finance, and fiscal and tax policy to his position as the first Senior Fellow at The Conference Board of Canada, effective September 2016.
In his new role, Mr. Hodgson will support the Conference Board's mandate to advance Canadian competitiveness and prosperity. He will identify and develop new initiatives for research and engagement, undertake research, and provide public commentary as an author and speaker. Topics of interest include Canada and globalization, low-carbon economic growth, sustainable fiscal policy, tax system design and administration, and the creative economy.
Mr. Hodgson was the Conference Board of Canada's Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for the past twelve years, where he responsible for overseeing macro-economic forecasting and custom economic research, and was the Board's leading media spokesman. He played a leading role in several high-profile research initiatives at the Conference Board on productivity and competitiveness, international trade and investment, health economics, tax policy, and the Quebec economy. He has published two books and over 300 reports, briefings and articles, as well as delivering many speeches and presentations each year to clients.
Glen is a member of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, which undertakes research on using price signals to encourage positive activities (like economic growth and job creation) and discourage negative ones (like greenhouse gas emissions or road congestion).
He joined the Conference Board in September 2004, after 10 years at Export Development Canada (EDC). He also spent a decade with the federal Department of Finance, and served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. during the 1980s as Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean.