Nancy Olewiler

Professor and Director

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Nancy Olewiler was Director of the School of Public Policy since its founding in 2003 until September 2014.  She has a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Prior to coming to SFU in 1990, she was an Associate Professor at Queen's University in Ontario. Nancy has held visiting positions at the University of Colorado, University of California, Berkeley, and University of New South Wales.  She was Chair of SFU's Econonomics department from 1995 to 2000.

Nancy has held a number of positions serving many communities, locally and internationally.  These include being a member the Board of Directors of BC Hydro from 2001 to 2010 and TransLink from 2008 to 2013 (where she served as its Chair from 2010 to 2013).  She is a member of the National Statistics Council and Chairs the National Accounts Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada.  

Her areas of research include natural resource and environmental policy, the impact of environmental regulation on the economy, and environmental tax policy. She has published in academic journals, edited books, has written two widely used textbooks, and produced numerous reports for the Canadian federal and provincial governments on a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues. From 1990 to 1995 she was Managing Editor of Canadian Public Policy, Canada's leading public policy journal. Nancy is a research mentor to the Environment and Economy Program for Southeast Asia and the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economy Program. 

Courses Taught

PLCY 800 - Introduction to Policy Issues and Analysis I
PLCY 801 - Economic Foundations of Policy Analysis I
PLCY 807 - Introduction to Policy Issues and Analysis II
PLCY 808 - Advanced Policy Analysis I (Capstone Course I)
PLCY 809 - Advanced Policy Analysis II (Capstone Course II)
PLCY 812 - Special Topics:  Regulations