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Hugh Mackenzie

Hugh Mackenzie provides economic consulting services to governments, unions and other organizations in the non-profit sector on budgetary policy; public and private sector cost analysis; public finance; and economic policy and to unions and employee associations in collective bargaining and interest arbitration. His research interests include provincial and federal budgets and budgetary policy; local government finance; retirement income policy; and education finance. Mr. Mackenzie has worked for more than 40 years in a variety of different public policy capacities, at all three levels of government as well as in the non-profit sector. From 1991 to 1994, he was Executive Director of the Ontario Fair Tax Commission. As Research Director for the United Steelworkers of America from 1980 to 2003, Mr. Mackenzie was responsible for technical support for collective bargaining and pension negotiations with all of the major employers with which the Union has collective bargaining relationships, including Stelco., Algoma Steel; Inco; Noranda; Iron Ore Company of Canada; Cominco; Quebec Cartier Mining; the University of Toronto; and Guelph University as well as the union’s research, preparation and presentations for interest arbitrations in the health care sector. He is a frequent contributor to the current public debate over retirement income policy through a series of reports and presentations dating back more than a decade. Hugh is a member of the Ontario Pension Board and chairs its Human Resources Committee. He is a former member of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Canada Post Pension Plan and was a founding board member of the Actuarial Standards Oversight Council of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He is a Research Associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He holds an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Economics (Public Finance) from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He has received the ICD.D designation through the directors education program of the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.