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.

Our History

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.

U of A Students

The Economics Society of Northern Alberta encourages engagement in the discussion of economic issues, and provides scholarships.

Our Board


  • Raja Bajwa

    Manager, Business Solutions and Analytics, City of Edmonton
  • Jeffrey Peter

    Vice President
    Manager, Research and Analytics Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • Rick Szostak

    Past President
    Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
  • Robert L. Ascah

    Program Chair
    Fellow, Institute for Public Economics
  • Ryan Thompson

    Analyst, Public Equities, Alberta Investment Management Corp.
  • Christine Manipon

    Analyst, Program Analytics, Program Effectiveness Branch, Ministry of Labour, Government of Alberta


  • Cadence Bergman

    Policy and Research Analyst, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
  • Rick Hersack

    Senior Economist, SeaQuaLibrium Consulting Corps
  • Andrea Hagan

    Health Economist, Alberta Medical Association
  • Sena Kowalsky

    Senior Economist / Policy Analyst, Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • Blake Lemay

    Senior Fixed Income Risk Analyst, Alberta Investment Management Corp.
  • Dan Wallbank

    Senior Economist, Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Government of Alberta

Honorary Directors

  • Mel McMillan

    Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
  • Monty Ross

    Account Manager, Real Estate and Construction Services, RBC Royal Bank
  • Hande Roy