Ron Baker | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Ron Baker

Associate Professor, Accounting
Department of Management
Phone number: 
ext. 56348
Macdonald Hall (MAC), Room 203

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Dr. Ron Baker is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Department of Management. With a focus on financial management and accounting history, Dr. Baker's research delves into the intricate history of net debt as a reflection of Canadian federal government fiscal management. 

In his recent publication, "A History of Net Debt as a Reflection of Canadian Federal Government Fiscal Management," featured in Financial Accountability & Management, Dr. Baker offers a comprehensive analysis of Canada's financial position in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on the Government of Canada's annual financial statements, Dr. Baker illuminates the evolution of net debt as a crucial measure of fiscal sustainability and governmental accountability. Through meticulous examination of historical trends and economic contexts, he uncovers the complex interplay between political policy, economic factors, and fiscal management strategies, shedding light on the resilience of Canada's fiscal position amidst periods of volatility. 

By highlighting the historical trajectory of Canada's fiscal position, Dr. Baker provides invaluable insights that inform both academic inquiry and real-world policymaking, enriching our understanding of financial accountability and management in the Canadian context. 


Baker, R., & Rennie, M. D. (2023). A history of net debt as a reflection of Canadian federal government fiscal management. Financial Accountability & Management.