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    Current contributors

    Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Centre for Natural Resources

    Kenneth P. Green directs the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Natural Resource Studies. He received his doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a M.S. in Molecular Genetics from San Diego State University, and a B.S. Biology from UCLA.  Dr. Green has studied public policy involving risk, regulation, and the environment for more than 16 years at public policy research institutions across North America. He has an extensive publication list of policy studies, magazine articles, opinion columns, book and encyclopedia chapters, and two supplementary text books on climate change and energy policy intended for middle-school and collegiate audiences respectively. Ken’s writing has appeared in major newspapers across the U.S. and Canada, and he is a regular presence on both Canadian and American radio and television. Ken has testified before several state legislatures and regulatory agencies, as well as giving testimony to a variety of committees of the U.S. House and Senate.

    Guest and past contributors

    John Dobra, Fraser Institute Senior Fellow in Energy and Natural Resources

    John L. Dobra is founding Director of the Natural Resource Industry Institute and an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, and Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in economics from Portland State University. Professor Dobra has conducted research and published on regional economics, tax policy, environmental and natural resource economics, and public policy.  John has testified in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives a number of times and has also worked in the private sector as a consultant for a number of major North American mining companies.

    Fred McMahon, Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom

    Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom. He manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of 86 independent think tanks around the world. His research focuses on global issues such as development, trade, governance, and economic structure. Mr. McMahon is the author of numerous research articles and several books including, Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth: The Impact of Federal Transfers on Atlantic Canada, which won the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for advancing public policy debate, Road to Growth: How Lagging Economies Become Prosperous, and Retreat from Growth: Atlantic Canada and the Negative Sum Economy. He has written for numerous publications including the European Journal of Political Economy, the SAIS Journal (School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University), the Wall Street Journal, Policy Options, National Post, Time (Canada), Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, and most other major Canadian newspapers. Research articles he has recently authored or co-authored include: Economic Freedom of North America, Quebec Prosperity: Taking the Next Step, The Unseen Wall: The Fraser Institute's Annual Trade Survey, and Economic Freedom of the Arab World. He has a MA in Economics from McGill University, Montreal.

    Alana Wilson, Economist

    Alana K. Wilson is a former Senior Economist in the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Natural Resources. She has a M.Sc. in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics & Political Sciences, and a B.Sc. Agroecology (Honours) in Food and Resource Economics from the University of British Columbia. Her research has focused on the domestic and international impacts of mining, natural resource economics, and economic development and she has worked in Canada and internationally for government, international organizations, and industry.

    Ekaterina Daviel, Research Intern

    Ekaterina Daviel was a research intern at the Fraser Institute where she conducted research on the environmental considerations of mining operations. She is a graduate student in the Master of Environmental Science program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and holds a B.Sc. in environmental science from the University of Northern British Columbia. Her studies have focused on contaminated site assessment and remediation, landscape formation processes, and modeling the fate and transport of contaminates in the environment. Ekaterina has experience teaching chemistry at an undergraduate level and working as a research assistant in soil science.

    Chris Apps, Independent Consultant & Researcher

    Chris Apps is an independent consultant and researcher contributing content to the Fraser Institute’s Global Centre for Mining Studies on a contract basis. He is currently an MPP candidate at the University of Calgary’s School of Public policy, focusing his research on stabilizing Aboriginal consultation efforts to create more certainty for communities and businesses. He received his BA from Simon Fraser University with a Joint-Major in Latin American Studies and Political Science, writing his undergraduate thesis on corporate social responsibility approaches in Canada and Peru.

    Luis García Westphalen, Research Intern

    Luis García Westphalen conducted research on the mining industry, with a mandate to bring factual information to the forefront of the public debate. He is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University in Japan, he holds a M.A. in International Development from the same university (major concentration in Law and Governance), a Bachelor in Social Work from McGill University, and a Bachelor in Law from Universidad Católica del Perú. Luis worked for several years in the Peruvian Ombudsman Office monitoring public policies and supervising human rights indicators. He has also published articles and blogs in the Latin American media.

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