Representative Engagements

Economics - Methodology

  • Fisheries – International Development Agency

    Design and development of an evaluation protocol to measure social and economic impacts of an eight-figure investment program in Central Africa respecting the construction and operation of feeder roads with the objective of improving market access for commercial fishermen

    Matters of economic effectiveness efficiency, finance, and capacity building were incorporated in the evaluation design. The experience of the Indigenous Peoples' fisheries of Canada was applied.

  • Manufacturing – Provincial Crown Corporation

    Design and application of a complex economic impact methodolodogy to measure the effects of a massive disinvestment in a provincially owned manufacturer of rolling stock equipment.

    Methodologically, an input/output model treated the divestiture as if it were a new investment, and the outcomes were shown in the negative. Direct, indirect and imputed impacts were calculated by using the bill of materials as an input to the model. Financial impacts were defined in terms of revenue effect on the Federal and Provincial Treasuries.

    On social dislocation, job losses to the third level of impact were quantified, and, as an ancillary mitigation initiative, each of the several hundred employees was assisted in gaining new employment.

  • Mining (Gold) – Canadian Investment Company

    Design and testing of economic and social mitigation measures to capture financial benefits arising from mine capital and operating costs in a Central American regional economy, with special reference to service company infrastructure owned and operated by women.

  • Transportation – Federal / Provincial Transportation Policy Committee

    A technical review and assessment of economic impact methodologies used by regulator agencies and railways to measure the financial consequences to provincial treasuries arising from abandonment of branch rail lines.

    Previous analyses had assigned collateral capital requirements to the category of 'exogenous' factors. Correction of this oversight identified substantial, orders of magnitude capital requirements for road and bridge construction as commodities, especially grain, came to be transported outside of the rail system.