Harvey Lazar served as director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations from January 1997 to June 2005. Previously, he had a long career in the Canadian Public Service, including assignments as Deputy Chairman of the Economic Council of Canada (1986-1992); and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Human Resources Development Canada (1992-1995). Dr. Lazar contributed to a number of major research reports during his years in Public Service, on such diverse topics as retirement income policy, social policy, labour market development, financial institutions and foreign investment policy. He is currently the Senior Research Associate, Centre for Global Studies and Adjunct Professor for the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria.
His current work focuses on fiscal federalism, health policy reform and federalism and public health and federalism.