Celebrating 55 years of excellence

A Message From the Chair

This fall 2020, SFU Economics celebrates the 55th anniversary of the Department and its accomplishments and we are grateful to all the students, alumni, faculty and staff who have contributed to building our department to be one of the top 100 Economics Department worldwide and top 3 in Canada!  This success would not have been possible without you!

Students are at the heart of everything we do at SFU and we strive to provide outstanding learning experience for all Economics students.  To commemorate our 55th anniversary, we are launching the Economics Student Leadership Fund – to support student initiatives, enrich educational experiences, and create transformative learning opportunities. As always, you can keep in touch through our LinkedIn group or reach out to us to participate in networking and mentorship activities for Economics students.

Our students are ambitious, passionate, and eager to learn – and they need your support to reach their highest potential. You can make a lasting impact by supporting the Economics Student Leadership FundIn these uncertain times, it is especially important more than ever that we come together to help students excel and become the leaders of tomorrow. We hope you will join us in this cause.

Brian Krauth
Acting Chair (2020-21) | Economics Department

Congratulations from the Dean

I congratulate the faculty, students, alumni and staff of the Department of Economics on the occasion of your 55th anniversary. Economics, with its humanistic yet systematic study of the world, forms a crucial pillar of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. We join you in celebrating the environment of excellence you have established over the past 55 years.


Jane Pulkingham
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Economics Student Leadership Fund

The Economics Student Leadership Fund will provide programming and financial support to sponsor students to case competitions such as the Bank of Canada Governor’s Challenge, organizing career workshops, and creating opportunities for students to connect with our vast alumni network. The fund will also support students to expand their academic aspirations by sending graduate students to participate in international conferences and honours students to present at the annual Bank of Canada–Canadian Economics Association student paper competition.


Our Students

Our newly established Economics Student Leadership Fund will go towards supporting student initiatives that enrich the educational experience and create transformative learning opportunities.

The financial support from the Department of Economics has really added value to some of our biggest events, namely the case competition and our annual Career Night. The case competition is a great starting point for students to get more involved, and the Department's funding has helped us boost its value and provide incentives for more students to join. Taking part in this event is an invaluable experience, and students from past competitions have even gone on to work for the Bank of Canada or establish their own start-ups. 

Thanks to the Department's support, this year's Career Night saw our highest student turnout to date. The funding we received helped us double the number of professionals to participate at our event, so students were able to make more connections across a variety of industries, gain valuable career insights, and some even landed job offers. 

Audrey Radstake, BA Economics, 2021
President (2019-2020), Economics Student Society (ESS) 

It was exciting to be selected by the Bank of Canada and the Canadian Economics Association (BOC-CEA) as one of the top 12 papers! Presenting at the BOC-CEA student paper competition gave me the opportunity to learn from other outstanding students across Canada, and to learn more about the latest trends in economics and policies. My achievement would never have been possible without the help I received from my instructors.

Making Connections and Giving Back

When pandemic measures kicked-in and we had to pivot to remote learning, we wanted to continue providing opportunities for students to connect with our vast alumni network safely from the confines of their homes. The response from our alumni base has been phenomenal and we've had alumni from all over the world volunteering their time and connecting with us virtually to share their experiences with our students. Check out below some of the recordings from our Economics Alumni Speaker Series. 

If you would like to get involved, please contact azam_bhatti@sfu.ca and join our LinkedIn group

Robb Ponti

BA (Hon.) Economics, 2011
Finance Lead, Google Domains
San Francisco, USA 

Wayne Yim

BA Economics, 1996
Principal Project Manager, Microsoft
Seattle, USA 

Robert Hyams

BA Economics, 2017
Balanace Sheet Management Associate, HSBC 
London, UK 

Mohamed Zahid

MA Economics, 2011
Senior Director of Revenue Growth, Hootsuite
Vancouver, BC