Dan Ciuriak is Director and Principal, Ciuriak Consulting Inc., and Fellow-in-Residence with the C.D. Howe Institute. His areas of interest include international trade and finance, innovation and industrial policy, and economic development. He has wide-ranging experience in the analysis and formulation of public policy, development of legislation, economic analysis in support of litigation (both private and state-to-state), and training and technical assistance in applied trade analysis and modeling. He has published widely as author and editor, within government and in a personal capacity; commented in the media; and presented at numerous academic, business and official venues, including the WTO, the World Bank and IMF, APEC, and the OECD. He participates actively in international economic policy debates, including through the Think20 (T20), the G20’s research and policy advice network, the recent E-15 initiative sponsored by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum, and the MegaReg initiative sponsored by the Global Institute for Advanced Study at NY University Law School, the United Nations University, and Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). Recently, he was co-winner of the McKinsey Global Institute essay prize contest, “Opportunity for Europe”, a crowd-sourced initiative to identify ways to revitalize European growth.
Previously, he was Deputy Chief Economist at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) with responsibility for economic analysis in support of trade negotiations and trade litigation, and served as contributing editor of DFAIT’s Trade Policy Research series (2001-2007 editions). Prior positions with DFAIT include acting as deputy to the Chair of the APEC Economic Committee and serving as Finance Counsellor at Canada’s Embassy in Germany. Before joining DFAIT, he worked at the Department of Finance, including from 1983-1990 with the Financial Sector Policy Branch where he served as Project Director, Financial Institutions Reform Project, and chaired the Inter-Departmental Legislative Review Committee, which guided the development of the 1992 reforms that overhauled the federal financial institutions statutes (the Bank Act, the Insurance Companies Act, the Trust and Loan Companies Act and the Cooperative Credit Associations Act). Prior to joining Canada’s Public Service, he studied at McMaster University in Hamilton (Masters in Economics in 1977).