Harry Kitchen is Professor of Economics at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Over the past 15 years, he has completed more than 75 articles, reports, studies, and books on a number of issues relating to local government expenditures, finance, and governance in Canada and abroad. In addition, he has served as a consultant or advisor for a number of municipal and provincial governments, the federal government, foreign governments in Thailand, Russia, and China, and some private sector institutions.

Over this same period, Professor Kitchen has been appointed to a number of commissions or committees,including chair of the Niagara Region Review Commission; chair of the Victoria County Restructuring Commission; chair of the Halton Regional Review Committee; external advisor to the Advisory Committee to the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs on Provincial-Municipal Financing Matters; member of the Economic Council of Canada’s Advisory Committee on Government and Competitiveness; member of the Urban Finance Advisory Committee of the Canada West Foundation; member of the Advisory Board of the Local Government Studies Program, University of Victoria; member of the Advisory Committee on Service Statistics, Statistics Canada; and member of the editorial board of the Canadian Tax Journal.