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Roslyn Kunin

Award-Winning Labour Economist & Forecaster

Dr. Roslyn Kunin is one of those rare economists who can make the often difficult subject of economics understandable and even interesting. Businesses of all shapes and sizes will benefit to hear from Kunin. Her presentations are engaging and enlightening, and will allow organizations to prepare for new challenges ahead, while capitalizing on approaching opportunities within the economic landscape.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Your Organization’s Future 
Whether you’re running a company, a government organization, a town or city, or just trying to survive in today’s economy, Roslyn Kunin can give you answers: When will the economy get better?  What’s happening in the housing market?  How will treaties with First Nations affect us? How is “my town” doing compared to others? What’s happening to our industries and our workers?  How can we benefit from the rapid rate of change?    What kind of opportunities will there be for my children and how can they prepare? What kind of opportunities will there be for me?

Five Steps to a Successful Career in the 21st Century
Kunin explores five specific steps that she believes are invaluable to having a successful career in this new, and changing, global economy.

Platform Plus

Panelist/In Conversation


Order of Canada

  • You have an unbelievable ability to take very complex ideas and concepts and make them relevant and understandable for your entire audience. As usual you received rave reviews from the participants.

    - North Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • Your presentation was outstanding and an excellent start to our conference. You addressed all our delegates making everyone feel included. Thank you.

    - People in Place
  • Your presentation was awesome! I have heard so many great comments from today already and everyone really appreciated how you tailored the talk to Whistler.

    - Events Project Manager, Whistler Chamber of Commerce

Summary Profile

Dr. Roslyn Kunin is one of those rare economists who can make the often difficult subject of economics understandable and even interesting. She was educated in Quebec and Ontario, finishing her studies with a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Columbia.

The University of Victoria has granted her the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws. The Institute of Corporate Directors has granted her the ICD.D designation. Dr. Kunin is chair of the board of the Haida Enterprise Corporation, on the board of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health research and has been a Director of the Business Development Bank of Canada, chair of the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia and member of the National Statistics Council of Statistics.

She has also served as the Chair of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, Governor of the University of British Columbia, as Chair of the Vancouver Crisis Centre, and as Vice President of the YWCA. In her career, Dr. Kunin has worked in the private sector, taught at several Canadian university (including Simon Fraser University and UBC) and served twenty years as Regional Economist for the federal government in BC and the Yukon. Dr. Kunin has published  numerous articles and books.

Recipient on several occasions of the Association of Professional Economists of BC’s Crystal Ball Award for forecasting the Canadian economy, Dr. Kunin is a former director of the Canadian Association of Business Economists. She is a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, a Canada 125 Medal for service to Canada, Canadians and the community. Dr Kunin holds the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria and the Order of Canada. She is a senior fellow with the Canada West Foundation and is in private practice as a consulting economist.