Sean Speer

Senior Fellow in Public Policy, University of Toronto

Sean Speer is sessional instructor and a Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is also a Senior Fellow for fiscal policy at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and an associate fellow at the R Street Institute.

He previously served in different roles for the federal government including as senior economic advisor to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He has been cited by The Hill Times as one of the most influential people in government and by Embassy Magazine as one of the top 80 people influencing Canadian foreign policy.

He has written extensively about federal policy issues, including taxes and government spending, retirement income security, social mobility, and economic competitiveness. His articles have appeared in every major national and regional newspaper in Canada (including the Globe and Mail and National Post) as well as prominent US-based publications (including the Wall Street Journal and National Review Online).‎ Sean holds an M.A. in History from Carleton University and has studied economic history as a PhD candidate at Queen’s University.