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Jack Knetsch Award

The Jack Knetsch Award recognizes the best essay in the Economics Honours Thesis course (ECON 499W). This award is named after emeritus professor Jack Knetsch, who joined Simon Fraser University at its inception and retired in 2000.

2019 winner

Jordan Hutchings

Jordan Hutchings is a recent honors economics graduate from SFU. He was recruited from Ontario to come play golf on the varsity men’s golf team by the late John Buchanan in 2014. It wasn’t until after taking the Principals of Microeconomics that Jordan learned he had a deep interest in studying economics. Alongside playing on the SFU golf team, Jordan’s main focuses included working as a research assistant for Professor Hendrik Wolff and writing his honours thesis that quantified the impact Yelp ratings have on restaurants. Jordan is currently working at the Bank of Canada within the Canadian Economic Analysis division, and he will be pursuing his M.A. at the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia this fall. His research interests include applied microeconomics, econometrics and environmental economics. Jordan would like to thank his professors, especially his thesis supervisor Professor Shih En Lu, for their constant support throughout his undergraduate experience.

Past winners

2018: Artem Sadreev, Researcher, Simon Fraser University

2017: Thomas Budd, Researcher, Simon Fraser University

2016: Andreas Qvale Hovland, Analyst, Accenture

2016: Cameron Young, Data Analyst, Portland General Electric

2015: Caleb Kwon, PhD student, Harvard University

2014: Nikki Thompson

2013: Erik Drysdale, Data Scientist, SickKids Foundation (Goldenberg Lab)

2012: Justin Wiltshire, PhD student and Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Davis

2011: Matt Tolan, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

2010: Sam Norris, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

2009: Leanna Mitchell

2008: Tom Cornwall, Associate Economist, Analysis Group