November 16-18, 2018, University of Alberta
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Concurrent session

Economy

WHEN

November 17, 2018 at 10:30am - 11:45am

WHERE

Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
with Angella MacEwan and Melville McMillan

The Alberta Economy in Context

Alberta's strong economy has relied heavily on natural resources, but falling oil prices and the need to transition to a low-carbon economy present an opportunity to build a different kind of economy. Looking at the fundamentals of Alberta's economy in a national and global context, how well prepared are we for this coming change? How has Alberta been a national and international leader on just transition? What is government's role as we continue to navigate the changing global economic context?

Angella MacEwen is a labour economist. Her primary focus is understanding the impacts of Canadian economic and social policy on workers, especially climate policy and international trade and investment treaties. Angella holds a MA in Economics and a BA in International Development Studies.

Alberta's Deteriorating Public Finances: A Call for Change

The Alberta government has long relied heavily on resource revenues to fund public services. Those revenues have dropped dramatically, and significant improvement is not forecast. How large is the public finance problem? How might Albertans adjust? How might resource revenues be better managed if another energy boom materializes?

Melville McMillan is professor emeritus (Economics) at the University of Alberta. His interests are public sector economics and public finance. Although retired, he remains actively involved in research and policy matters.