The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

July 19, 2005 13:45 ET

Media Release: Fraser Institute Appoints New Executive Director

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - July 19, 2005) - Dr. Mark Mullins has been appointed Executive Director of The Fraser Institute, effective September 1, 2005. The announcement was made today by Mr. R. J. Addington, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Institute's outgoing executive director and co-founder, Dr. Michael Walker, will become President of the newly-established Fraser Institute Foundation and a Senior Research Fellow.

In his new role, Mullins will be responsible for managing a staff of 50 and 23 Senior Research Fellows located in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto and will provide direction to a vital and expanding research program. He will communicate the results of the Institute's work to the general public and other interested parties, and will build on the Institute's relationships with other think tanks and researchers around the world.

"The Board welcomes Mark to his new position with the Institute," said Addington. "We have been in very good hands indeed with Michael Walker for the past thirty-one years and we are certain the Institute will achieve even greater successes in the years ahead."

Mullins has been Director of Ontario Policy Studies in the Ontario office of the Institute since 2003. Most recently, he served as President of MSG Hedge Corporation, a privately owned consulting firm, and was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at Midland Walwyn Capital Inc., a Toronto-based investment dealer.

Mullins brings extensive applied policy experience to his new role at the Institute, having served in past years as economic and fiscal policy advisor to the Canadian Alliance Party, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. He has an MA from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D from the London School of Economics. He has written extensively on subjects such as Canadian tax reform, health policy, competitiveness, and stock market and investment issues. He is also a regular media commentator.

The Institute undertook an international search over the past several months to fill the Executive Director position. Candidates from North America, Europe, and Asia were considered by the search committee.

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