The Economics Society of Northern Alberta is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that is supported solely by membership fees, event fees and individual donations.

The objectives of the Economics Society of Northern Alberta are:

  • To promote better understanding and informed public discussion of important economic issues by organizing events that feature prominent presenters; and
  • To support academic achievement in economics through provision of scholarships.

The Economics Society of Northern Alberta has a history that spans more than 40 years in the province of Alberta. In the early 1970s, a group of individuals with experience, training or an interest in economics, began to organize meetings in Edmonton to hear speakers and exchange ideas. Because an Economics Society of Alberta already existed in Calgary, the Edmonton group affiliated itself with that group as the Economics Society of Alberta, Edmonton Section. In the early 1980s, the Economics Society of Northern Alberta was registered as a separate society.


Rick Szostak


Professor of Economics

University of Alberta

Heather Watson


Camille Jasper-Fabiyi

Program Chair

Senior Business Operations Manager


Mark Parsons

Past President

Assistant Deputy Minister

Alberta Treasury Board and Finance

Government of Alberta

Blake Lemay


Derivatives Analyst


Raja Bajwa

Vice President

Senior Business Consultant

City of Edmonton


Yasmin Rahemtulla

Ellen Cooper

Rick Hersack

Matthew Schoenhardt

Senior Associate, Project Economics


David Filiplic

Conference Chair

Policy Analyst

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Hande Tanerguclu

Strategic Research & Policy Coordinator

City of Edmonton

Honorary Directors

Paul Precht

Past President

Energy Economist

Paul Precht Energy Economics Ltd.

Betty Engehart

Mel McMillan