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October 15, 2002

U of G professor joins Fraser Institute as senior fellow

University of Guelph economics professor Ross McKitrick has been appointed a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, an independent public policy organization. The announcement was made today by Michael Walker, executive director of the institute.

McKitrick will remain at the University of Guelph and act as an environmental policy consultant to the institute's Toronto and Vancouver offices. Founded in 1974, the Fraser Institute brings together academics, economists and policy analysts from around the world to provide market-based solutions to Canadian public policy strategies.

"I am very pleased to be joining such a distinguished group of scholars and public policy experts," said McKitrick. "Critical thinking on environmental policy is more important than ever."

A faculty member at Guelph since 1996, McKitrick specializes in the economics of environmental policy and has been studying climate change and related policy issues for about 10 years. In addition to academic publications, he has published several newspaper and magazine articles on the Kyoto Protocol and has given presentations on climate and environmental policy to the Canadian and U.S. governments.

McKitrick will be working with the director of the institute's Centre for Studies in Risk and Regulation to build research capabilities in areas related to environmental policy. "I am particularly attracted by the fact that the institute not only tolerates but encourages a collegial atmosphere of informed controversy in which a wide variety of views is considered," he said. "This is precisely what Canada needs."

Walker said McKitrick's past and future work "place him squarely at the forefront of both the science and the policy analysis of environmental issues. We are looking forward to learning from him how to craft environmental policy which serves the legitimate goals of environmental protection and economic development."

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