October 31, 2014

Executive Team

William B.P. Robson

William B.P. Robson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Bill Robson took office as President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute in July 2006, after serving as the Institute’s Senior Vice President since 2003 and Director of Research since 2000. He has written more than 200 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues. His work has won awards from the Policy Research Secretariat, the Canadian Economics Association, and the Donner Canadian Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is a member of the Big Picture Panel on the CBC’s The Exchange. Bill taught public finance and public policy at the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2003, and currently teaches a Master’s level course in public finance at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance.

Duncan Munn

Duncan Munn

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Duncan Munn is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the C.D. Howe Institute. He joined the Institute in 2000, holding increasingly senior roles culminating in his appointment as Sr. VP and COO in 2008. He oversees the daily affairs of the Institute as well as initiatives and special projects, and plays a leadership role in the strategic direction of the organization. He is also the Chair of the Board at Alterna Savings, a full-service financial services firm with $2 billion in assets under management. He studied at the University of Toronto where he won the Gordon Cressy, JS Woodsworth and Woodsworth Cup awards and has previously served a number of organizations in a voluntary leadership capacity including  Youth Challenge International (Director), The Etobicoke Easter Seals Society (as Chair) and the George Hull Centre for Children and Families (as a Director). Apart from his work with the Institute and in the voluntary sector, he has business interests in an investment management firm focused on real estate.

Finn Poschmann

Finn Poschmann

Vice President, Policy Analysis 

Finn Poschmann graduated in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1986 and is Vice President, policy analysis at the C.D. Howe Institute, where he has held a variety of positions since January 1998. For more than a decade previous, he was at the Parliamentary Research Branch in Ottawa, where he held a number of research positions principally involved with providing economic analysis and advice to Parliamentarians and Standing Committees. He has worked in numerous areas within the field of economics, but has primarily been concerned with public finance and taxation and federal-provincial relations. He is particularly interested in the distributional impact of taxation and in the use of microsimulation tools in the design of tax policy, but has also worked on monetary policy issues and disparate public   policy questions. Recent publications have dealt with public-private partnerships, federal and provincial tax and fiscal issues, the tax treatment of retirement savings, and Canada’s exchange rate policies.

Daniel Schwanen

Vice President, Research

Daniel Schwanen is an award-winning economist with a passion for international economic policy. He is spearheading Institute research on the link between Canada’s international trade and investment policy and Canadians’ standards of living. Daniel first joined the C.D. Howe Institute in 1990, producing widely-cited research on international trade, which earned him foreign visitorships in the United States, Japan and Australia. After joining the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy in 2001, Daniel earned the Canadian government’s Policy Research Initiative’s Outstanding Research Contribution Award for his paper “A Room of Our Own: Cultural Policies and Trade Agreements.” Daniel subsequently joined the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario, serving in senior research and executive positions there between 2005 and 2011. He returned to the C.D. Howe Institute in March, 2011 as Associate Vice President, Trade and International Policy. He was promoted to Vice President, Research, as of June 2014.

Rowena Jeffers

Rowena Jeffers

Director of Accounting and Administration

Rowena Jeffers pursued her academic career at George Brown College, graduating with a Business Administration diploma, majoring in Accounting. Ms. Jeffers has always worked in the non-profit sector, and joined the C.D. Howe Institute team in 1997, initially serving as the Senior Development and Membership Coordinator. In 2009, she was appointed Director of Accounting and Administration. In her current role, Ms. Jeffers is responsible for all accounting, administration, and information technology duties. In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Jeffers heads the Process Improvement Committee and is a member of the Risk and GRSP Committees.

James Fleming

James Fleming

Editor and Vice President, Media

James Fleming is an editor and author who joined the C.D. Howe Institute in 2005 as Editor, responsible for the excellence of publications. He has BA and MA degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston. His previous positions include Vice President of Communications for Barrick Gold Corp., Managing Editor and Columnist at the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, and Business Editor of Maclean’s magazine. The winner of two national awards for magazine writing, Mr. Fleming has also published two best-selling business books.

Hal Koblin

Hal Koblin

Director of Research Advancement

Hal Koblin joined the Institute as its Director of Communications in 2010. He was named Director of Research Advancement in 2014. He oversees revenue generation for the Institute’s policy research program. Prior to joining the Institute, he played a senior role in planning and executing two of the two largest fundraising campaigns in Canadian university history: The University of Toronto’s $1 billion “Great Minds” Campaign (where he served in senior roles from 1995 through 2006), and McGill University’s 2007-2013 $1 billion appeal (where he was Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications from 2006 to 2010). He has served on the Boards of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Counsel for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Toronto Jewish Congress, and the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation and has lectured for CASE, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) and the Humber College Program in Fundraising and Volunteer Management.