School of Policy Studies

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School of Policy Studies

Building a Public Institution: The Experience of the Parliamentary Budget Officer

Kevin Page

CEO, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, University of Ottawa; 
fmr Parliamentary Budget Officer, Canada

Wednesday March 28, 2018


Kevin Page, March 28, 2018 [image]

 

Kevin Page

CEO, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, University of Ottawa; 
fmr Parliamentary Budget Officer, Canada

Abstract:  Kevin Page will address the opportunities, challenges and strategies of building Canada’s first legislative budget office.  Looking back, he will make the case that finding higher purpose in public service, taking measured and prudent risks and working with great people made the difference between success and failure (not that there is anything wrong with failure).

Biography:  Kevin Page is the current Chief Executive Officer of the New Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa. Prior to this position, he was the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa from 2013 to 2016.  He was Canada's first Parliamentary Budget Officer from 2008 to 2013. He has 27 years of experience in the federal public service with most of those years spent at three central agencies responsible for budgeting including the Department of Finance, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. He was the Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Macroeconomic Policy before becoming Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer. He has a Master's degree in Economics from Queen's University and an Honor’s Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lakehead University. He was born in Fort William (Thunder Bay) Ontario. He is married and a father of three children.