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


  • Jeffrey Peter

    Manager, Research and Analytics Prairies Economic Development Canada
  • Andrea Hagan

    Vice President
    Health Economist, Alberta Medical Association
  • Raja Bajwa

    Past President
    Manager, Business Solutions and Analytics, City of Edmonton
  • Stephen Dobson

    Program Chair
    Economic Analyst Government of Alberta
  • Sena Kowalsky

    Senior Economist / Policy Analyst, Prairies Economic Development Canada
  • Christine Manipon

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


  • Cadence Bergman

    Policy and Research Analyst, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
  • Mel McMillan

    Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
  • Dan Wallbank

    Senior Economist, Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Government of Alberta
  • Allan Gilligan

    Senior Research Analyst Ballad
  • Joseph Marchand

    Professor of Economics University of Alberta
  • Shadi Merhej

    Economist Government of Alberta
  • Randy Lucas

    Senior Regulatory Analyst Alberta Utilities Commission

Honorary Directors

  • Rick Szostak

    Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
  • Rick Hersack

    Senior Economist, SeaQuaLibrium Consulting Corps
  • Robert L. Ascah

    Research Fellow, The Parkland Institute