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
  • Joseph Marchand

    Vice President
    Professor of Economics, University of Alberta
  • Andrea Hagan

    Supervisor, Regulatory, Revenue and Rates, ATCO
  • Sena Kowalsky

    Senior Economist / Policy Analyst, Prairies Economic Development Canada
  • Raja Bajwa

    Past President
    Manager, Business Solutions and Analytics, City of Edmonton
  • Allan Gilligan

    Program Chair
    Senior Intergovernmental Analyst, Government of Alberta
  • Dan Wallbank

    Conference Chair
    Senior Economist, Government of Alberta


  • Christine Manipon

    Analyst, Program Analytics, Program Effectiveness Branch, Ministry of Labour, Government of Alberta
  • Shadi Merhej

    Senior Economist, Market Surveillance Administrator
  • Wade Sebastian-Tymchak

    Senior Economist, City of Edmonton
  • Jingchao Zhang

    Senior Analyst, Treasury Board and Finance, Government of Alberta
  • Austin Ference

    Economist, Government of Alberta

Honorary Directors

  • Rick Szostak

    Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
  • Robert L. Ascah

    Research Fellow, The Parkland Institute