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Dr. Jack Mintz

World-Renowned Economist, Academic & Public Policy Analyst

Dr. Jack Mintz is the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary after serving as the Palmer Chair and Director since 2008.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Unleashing a North American Tiger: Canada-U.S. Economic Integration and the Implications for Business
Creating an environment that unleashes private sector innovation and entrepreneurship, and creates a winning edge for business, must be a priority for the Canadian, Mexican and U.S. governments. Increasingly, citizens of North America operate in a shared economic space and pursue common interests. Global competition for capital, labour and other productive resources is intense, and governments must increase cooperation to ensure the winning conditions exist in North America. Homeland security, energy, and disease control are obvious examples. However, labour mobility, capital market integration, tariff reduction, and regulation of goods and services are examples where decisive action is needed to improve the performance of the North American economy to unleash the “North American Tiger.”

Business Tax Reform: Can We Declare Victory Yet?
Every year Canadian federal and provincial governments reform the business tax structure – whether corporate taxes, sales taxes or royalties and fees. Is Canada on the right track? The answer to this question is ambiguous. Without doubt we have substantially reduced taxes on businesses in the past 10 years. However, today we are finding that governments are increasingly relying on the tax system to change economic behavior. Call it “reverse Reaganism” to put in terms recently espoused by Michael Bryant, Minister of Economic Development in Ontario whereby some industries are preferentially treated.

What Makes Good Policy?
Everyone has to deal with public policies every day. Many public policies are crucial and highly beneficial to make sure things work well in our lives. Governments therefore have a tremendous impact on what people do every day. It is therefore important to understand then what makes good public policy. Every public policy issue has its tradeoffs and people will disagree philosophically or have a different understanding of the facts.


Order of Canada

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal

  • "Jack provided a great overview of the current tax landscape in Canada that was easy to understand and timely. His talks are always appreciated but our audience, commodity tax professionals from across the country and from different industries and professional practices, particularly enjoy his perspective. He's always welcome at our events."

    - Chartered Accountants of Canada

Summary Profile

Dr. Mintz serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited, Morneau Shepell and is chair and Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He currently serves on the federal Panel on Healthcare Innovation in 2013-14 as well as the Minister of Finance’s Economic Advisory Council since December 2008.

Widely published in the field of public economics, he was touted in a 2004 UK magazine publication as one of the world’s most influential tax experts. He serves as an Associate Editor of International Tax and Public Finance and the Canadian Tax Journal, and is a research fellow of CESifo, Munich, Germany, and the Centre for Business Taxation Institute, Oxford University.

Dr. Mintz held the position of Professor of Business Economics at the Rotman School of Business from 1989-2007 and Department of Economics at Queen’s University, Kingston, 1978-89. He was a Visiting Professor, New York University Law School, 2007; President and CEO of the C. D. Howe Institute from 1999-2006; Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance, Ottawa; and Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Management, University of  Toronto, 1993 – 1995. He was founding Editor-in-Chief of International Tax and Public Finance, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers from 1994 – 2001.

He chaired the federal government’s Technical Committee on Business Taxation in 1996 and 1997 that led to corporate tax reform in Canada since 2000. He also has served as chair of the Alberta Financial and Investment Policy Advisory Commission in 2007 that reviewed saving policy of the Alberta government.  In addition, in 2009, he served as the Research Director of the FPT Research Working Group on Retirement Income and he was also the author of the Summary Report on Retirement Income Adequacy.

Dr. Mintz has consulted widely with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, federal and provincial governments in Canada, and various businesses and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Mintz became a member of the Order of Canada in 2015 as well as receiving the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to the Canadian tax policy community. Alberta Venture magazine has recognized him as one of the fifty most influential Albertans in 2008, 2010 and 2013. The Financial Post named him one of the five most influential Canadians in regulation in 2012.