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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.

2018 winner

Artem Sadreev

Artem Sadreev is currently in his fourth year in the economics honours program at SFU. He first started studying economics back in his final years of high school. He was amazed by how broad applications of microeconomics theories are. They can be used not only to analyze individual firms in the market, but can also model a very broad range of everyday interactions in our society. That’s why he was so excited to apply his economics knowledge to develop a theoretical framework that can be useful in analyzing the issue of rising prescription drug abuse. Right now, he is switching his focus a bit by studying for his CFA Level 1 exam. He hopes it will help to diversify his risks in the labor market so that he can find a job where he can fully use what he learned during his university years. He thanks his professors for their continuous support and motivation, and for allowing him to learn so much about the world around him.

Past winners

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