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Mike P. Moffatt

Assistant Professor (part-time), Business, Economics and Public Policy


  • Public Policy
  • International Trade
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Political Risk

Faculty Focus

Mike Moffatt is an Assistant Professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at Ivey and is Director of Policy and Research for Canada 2020. In 2017, Mike was the Chief Innovation Fellow for the Government of Canada, advising Deputy Ministers on innovation policy and emerging trends. His has also previously held the titles of Director (Interim) of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management and Chief Economist for the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto. Mike has worked with politicians and policy markers of all political stripes in several countries to craft more effective public policy. From 2013-2015 Mike served as an economic advisor to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

An economist by training, Mike's interests relate to the intersection of societal issues, public policy and economic growth, with a focus on international trade, foreign direct investment, innovation policy and the environment. In 2016 Mike co-authored the book Towards an Inclusive Innovative Canada. While at the Mowat Centre, Mike co-authored the study A Review of the Economic Impact of Energy East on Ontario and authored the study Making it Simple: Boosting Canadian competitiveness through selective tariff elimination. 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 and let to the government paying a $27 million settlement to electronics importers. He has also provided expert testimony to both the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.

Mike is a frequent commentator on public policy issues in print, on radio, and on television. His podcast, Wonk With Mike, dives deep into the world of public policy and has featured a diverse group of guests including Dominic Barton, Liz Plank, Ronan Farrow and Heather Boushey. 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, and from 2013-2016 Mike had an online column that appeared at Maclean's and Canadian Business. From 2002 to 2010, Mike was the (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 the firm Nexreg Compliance, which provides regulatory consulting services to the chemical industry. While at Nexreg, Mike worked with both industry and government to find creative solutions to regulatory and trade issues. In his twelve years at Nexreg he worked with hundreds of clients in dozens of countries. Mike stepped down from his role as Director of Communications in 2016, but still remains a co-owner of the company.


  • Business, Government and Globalization – HBA


  • PhD, Management Science - Ivey Business School
  • MA, Economics - University of Rochester
  • BA, Economics and Political Science - Western University

Honours & Awards

  • Named to London's 20 Under 40 (2014)


  • Assistant Professor, Ivey Business School, (2012-present)
  • Director of Policy and Research, Canada 2020 (2018-present)
  • Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Nexreg Compliance (2005-present)
  • Chief Innovation Fellow, Government of Canada (2017)
  • Director (Interim), Lawrence Centre (2016)
  • Director of Communications, Nexreg Compliance (2005-2016)
  • Chief Economist, Mowat Centre, (2014-2016)
  • Lecturer, Ivey Business School, (2004-2012, MBA, 2008-2012, HBA)

Research/Course Development

  • Business, Government and Globalization - HBA