The Author

signpostJames D. McNiven is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University and Senior Policy Research Advisor with Canmac Economics Ltd. He was the Fulbright Research Professor at Michigan State University’s Canadian Studies Center in 2010-11.

yankee smallUntil his retirement from Dalhousie, he held the R. A. Jodrey Chair in Commerce in the School of Business Administration and was a Professor of Public Administration. From 1988 to 1994, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Minister of Development for the Province of Nova Scotia (1981-88) and the President of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (1977-81).
He has been the CEO of a small technology company and has been a member of a number of corporate and government boards, including the Blue Cross of Atlantic Canada and the federal government’s International Trade Advisory Committee. He was a member of the federal government’s Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation.

Dr. McNiven has a PhD from the University of Michigan. He has written widely on public policy and economic development issues and is the co-author of three books. His most recent research work has been about the relationship of demographic changes to Canadian regional economic development. He still teaches at Dalhousie on a part-time basis and is a columnist with factsandopinions.com. a news site out of Vancouver. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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