Media Release – Frontier Centre Expanding; Adds Two New Senior Fellows

Media Release, Think Tanks, Frontier Centre


Winnipeg, MB / Sep 10th 2013 / Frontier Centre for Public Policy

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy is proud to announce the appointment of two new Senior Fellows, Dr. Frank Atkins and Dr. Pierre Desrochers. With their appointment, the Centre increases the depth of its intellectual ranks. 

Dr. Frank Atkins is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary. 

Frank attended the University of Guelph and received an Honours B.A. in 1977, and an M.A. in 1979. Upon graduation, Frank spent two years at the Bank of Canada as an Economic Analyst. In 1981, Frank left the Bank of Canada to further his studies in economics at Queen’s University at Kingston. Frank graduated in 1985, with a Ph.D. in economics, and joined the faculty at the University of Calgary. Frank had the privilege of supervising the Master of Arts (Economics) thesis of Stephen Harper. In addition, Frank served as a mentor for Danielle Smith while she was completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary. As well as publishing many articles in leading economic journals, Frank is a frequent commentator on macroeconomics and policy issues for the major national networks.

Dr. Pierre Desrochers is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto. Pierre earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Montreal in 1992, and an M.A. in Urban Studies from the National Institute of Scientific Research in 1995. He completed his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Montreal in 2000. Pierre is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed articles and has always made an effort to reach a broader audience through over 100 columns and shorter pieces and regular contributions to various media outlets. His main research interests are economic development, technical innovation, business-environment interactions, and energy policy and food policy. Pierre and his wife, Hiriko Shimizu, recently published The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet.

“We are delighted to have such prominent scholars and researchers become associated with the Frontier brand,” said Peter Holle, President of the Frontier Centre.

Media enquiries should be directed to:

Frank Atkins, 1 403 220 5864,
Pierre Desrochers, 1 905 828 5206,