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Robert Roach

About Robert Roach

As Director of Insight on ATB Financial’s Economics and Research team, Rob examines the economic and social forces that affect Albertans’ quality of life. Before joining ATB, Rob was Vice-President of Research at the Canada West Foundation where he spent almost 20 years analyzing and commenting on a broad array of economic, social and public policy issues. Rob has served as President of the Economics Society of Calgary and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Calgary Arts Academy and an instructor for the University of Alberta’s National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration. Rob is the co-author of The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada From Economic Decline and Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change. Rob grew up in Calgary and holds a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Calgary.

Regional divisions will continue to deepen without real Senate reform

By | January 29th, 2017|Commentary|

By ROBERT ROACH (AIMS Senior Fellow) • Troy Media, 29 January 2017 • Waterloo Chronicle, 01 February 2017 • Battlefords News-Optimist, 03 February 2017 • Times Colonist, 05 February 2017 Just when you thought the state of the debate about reforming Canada’s Senate couldn’t get any sadder, federal Conservative Party leadership hopeful Kevin O’Leary has [...]

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It’s time to rally behind Canada’s oil and gas sector

By | September 10th, 2016|Commentary|

By ROBERT ROACH (Senior Fellow) 10 Sep 2016 From Troy Media. Was Ontario's auto sector in worse shape during the global financial meltdown of 2009 than Alberta's energy patch was during the global oil glut of 2015? An internal federal government memo recently uncovered by the Canadian Press suggests it was. But which sector faced [...]

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Are we fighting climate change or capitalism?

By | December 8th, 2015|Commentary|

AIMS Senior Fellow Robert Roach examines the paradoxical implications of environmentalists who seek the destruction of the market economy, believing that "capitalism is the root cause of environmental problems and social injustices.”

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The Ongoing Quest for Economic Diversification in Alberta

By | December 16th, 2014|Commentary|

AIMS Senior Fellow Robert Roach discusses how Alberta can diversify its economy: "Diversification works best when it arises from the grassroots of the economy where market forces are harnessed rather than repressed. But for it to really take off over the long-term, it needs to be supported by an education and business development infrastructure that unleashes the inherent creativity and entrepreneurialism of Albertans.

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Money Does Buy Happiness, Lots of It

By | December 16th, 2014|Commentary|

AIMS Senior Fellow Robert Roach argues that money does, indeed, buy happiness: "It may not be intentional, but the mantra that money does not buy happiness implies that being poor may not be such a bad thing, and that efforts to raise incomes are misguided."

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