Ottawa – The founding president of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) has been named by The Hill Times one of the 100 most influential people in politics and in government in Ottawa.

Brian Lee Crowley is on secondment to the federal Department of Finance as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist. He took up the appointment in November of 2006 and will return to AIMS early in 2008.


The Hill Times writes, “Mr. Crowley’s opinion is seen as very well-respected within the Finance Minister’s Office.” The article points out that the Finance Department is “one of the most influential departments in government.”


“Making the list, is an indication of the calibre of research conducted by AIMS and depth of knowledge Brian has on the important fiscal policies facing our country,” explained AIMS acting President Charles Cirtwill.


“He is an asset to the department, as he has always been an asset to the Institute and will continue to be when he returns,” he said.

The post of Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance, established in 1983, honours the late Dr. Clifford Clark, who served as Deputy Minister of Finance from 1932 until his death in 1952. Occupants of the position advise the department on emerging economic issues and take part in policy development at the highest level. They are recruited from the ranks of prominent Canadian professionals who deal with economic, financial and monetary areas in the business and academic communities.

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) is an independent, non-partisan, social and economic policy think tank based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It has the distinction of being awarded the prestigious Sir Antony Fisher Award four times; no other institute in the world has received this international distinction more times than AIMS. In 2005 AIMS was also awarded the International Templeton Freedom for Institute Excellence.




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Charles Cirtwill, acting President



Barbara Pike, Director of Communications