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Senior Fellow


James (Jason) Stewart worked in senior debt capital markets roles for over two decades, lead or joint lead managing more than $100 billion of government and corporate bond issues in domestic, US and global markets. He is an economist who focuses on macroeconomics, finance and regulatory analysis as well as behavioural economics in. His background includes working at the Bank of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis, the C.D. Howe Institute, the OSC and at Queen’s Park.

Stewart is the author or co-author of over two dozen articles, monographs and reports on a broad range of policy issues. In 2020, his articles have addressed financial regulation, macroeconomic policy, and regulatory and policy-making during the pandemic. He is a co-author of A Behavioural Economics Approach to Recruitment in Skilled Construction Trades (2019) and is the primary author of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Behavioural Insights report (2017).

Stewart has been extensively involved in the non-profit sector for more than three decades. He is the president of a philanthropic foundation, and is a board member of Innovate Cities and the International Conservation Fund of Canada. He co-chairs the Couchiching Conservancy’s Advisory Council. Stewart is a former president and vice chair of a health research foundation, and former president and chair of a conservation and community development charity. He has raised $4 million on a volunteer basis for various environmental, health and community charities.