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JDI Roundtable on Manufacturing Competitiveness in New Brunswick


Dr. Herb Emery, Program Chair

An advisor to federal and provincial policymakers, Dr. Herb Emery focuses his research on the development of the Canadian economy and the persistence of long-standing regional disparities. Aside from understanding the economic fundamentals of growth in a small open economy, Dr. Emery’s work incorporates political, historical, cultural and other institutional factors that have shaped Canadian development processes.

Dr. Emery’s impact has been substantial since coming to UNB in July 2016. In addition to being the program chair of the JDI Roundtable on Manufacturing Competitiveness in New Brunswick, he holds the Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics and is the director of the Atlantic Institute for Policy Research. In this role, Dr. Emery oversees BoostNB, a student-led initiative providing New Brunswick residents with easy access to straightforward, fact-based information about their provincial economy.

Dr. Emery has become an acknowledged and widely consulted opinion leader in industry, media and government circles. He holds an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia. His academic career began at the University of Calgary where, from 1993 to 2016, he established a track record of excellence in research, teaching and leadership.

At the University of Calgary, Dr. Emery served as professor of economics and as research director of the School of Public Policy. He also held the position of Svare Professor in Health Economics, a joint position in the department of community health science in the faculty of medicine at the department of economics. From 2010 to 2015, he served as managing editor of Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, Canada’s foremost journal examining economic and social policy.

Advisory Group

An Advisory Group with representatives from academia, industry and the New Brunswick Business Council is providing strategic support for the program.

Research Team


  • Sarah McRae, PhD – Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Rawia Mokhtar, PhD – Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Li Wang, MA – Research Assistant
  • Qinglin Yan, MA – Research Assistant


  • Xiaolin Guo, MA – Research Assistant
  • Li Wang, MA – Research Assistant
  • Jane Amachree – Research Assistant
  • Andrew Balcolm, MA – Research Assistant