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Mike Moffatt is an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey. An economist by training, Mike's interests relate to the intersection of societal issues, public policy and economic growth. He has provided expert testimony to both the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. Mike conducts his public policy research at the Mowat Centre, Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy, where he holds the title of Chief Economist. Mike has worked with Canadian politicians and policy markers of all political stripes to craft more effective public policy, including his most recent role as an economic advisor to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.
Mike is a frequent commentator on public policy issues in print, on radio, and on television. He has made appearances in every English language daily newspaper in Canada, appeared on television programs from CBC's The National to TVO's The Agenda and has weekly appearances on two radio stations. Since 2013, Mike has had an online column that appears at Maclean's and Canadian Business. From 2012-2013 Mike wrote for the Globe and Mail's Economy Lab, where his piece on "the iPod tax" caused the federal government to change the regulations regarding importation of consumer electronics. From 2002 to 2010, Mike was the About.com (then a division of the New York Times Company) 'Guide to Economics'. Mike's articles were being read over one million times each month, which at the time made him the most widely read economist online.
In 2005 Mike co-founded Nexreg Compliance Inc., a company that provides consulting services to the chemical industry. Nexreg assists their clients by developing cost-effective strategies for complying with foreign regulations when entering new markets. Mike's client base includes a diverse mix of over 500 manufacturers from small businesses to several Fortune 500 companies.