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Philip Smith - curriculum vitae

Experience

Educator, mentor and consultant

2009 to present: Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

This is a part-time post-retirement position. I am teaching courses on price index theory and practice; working as a mentor to younger employees; and serving as a consultant on various projects that are being conducted in the department.


Assistant Chief Statistician, Business and Trade Statistics Field

2007 to 2009: Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

I led a team of 1,100 people responsible for conducting business surveys and producing related statistics such as the Consumer Price Index and other price indexes, retail sales, manufacturing shipments, corporate financial statistics, agriculture statistics and international trade flows. I managed an annual budget of Cdn$80 million.


Assistant Chief Statistician, National Accounts and Analytical Studies Field

2001 to 2007: Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

I led a team of 370 people responsible for maintaining, updating and improving Canada's System of National Accounts statistics and conducting analytical studies addressing important economic issues of the day. I managed an annual budget of Cdn$25 million.


Director General, Project to Improve Economic Statistics

1996 to 2001: Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

I led a five-year corporate project focussed on expanding and improving Statistics Canada's system of provincial economic statistics. I matrix-managed 510 employees and an annual budget of Cdn$45 million.


Director, Industrial Organization and Finance Division

1996: Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

I directed a program focussed on collecting, analyzing and publishing statistical information about the financial position and degree of foreign ownership of Canadian business. I managed 100 employees and an annual budget of Cdn$5 million.


Director, National Accounts and Environment Division

1988 to 1995: Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

I directed a program focussed on the estimation and analysis of Canada's national and provincial income and expenditure accounts, financial flow and balance sheet accounts, and environmental statistics program. I managed 90 employees and an annual budget of Cdn$4 million.


Director, International Finance and Development Division

1986 to 1987: Finance Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

I advised the Minister of Finance on Canada's international financial relationships and on foreign aid and defence budget issues. I managed 35 employees and an annual budget of Cdn$3 million.


Director, Fiscal Policy Division

1981 to 1986: Finance Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

I advised the Minister of Finance on Canada's fiscal and budgetary policy and on the outlook for Government of Canada revenues, expenditures and budget balances. I managed 35 employees and an annual budget of Cdn$3 million.


Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

1971 to 1973: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Master of Arts in Economics

1970 to 1971: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

1966 to 1970: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec


Selected professional papers

[1] “Statistics Canada’s Broad Strategy for Business Statistics,” paper presented at the Second International Conference on Establishment Surveys, Buffalo, New York, June 2000.

[2] “PIPES and the Use of Statistics for Administrative Purposes,” paper prepared for the Conference of European Statisticians, Paris, June 2000.

[3] “Realizing and Measuring Quality Improvements in Provincial Economic Statistics,” paper presented at the annual Joint Statistical Association Meetings, Dallas, Texas, August 1998.

[4] “Assessing the Size of the Underground Economy: The Statistics Canada Perspective,” in O. Lippert and M. Walker (eds.), The Underground Economy: Global Evidence of its Size and Impact, The Fraser Institute, Vancouver, B.C., 1997, pp. 11-36. Also published in the Canadian Economic Observer, Statistics Canada, May 1994.

[5] “Statistics Canada’s Environmental Statistics Program: Information for Environmental Analysis and Assessment”, paper presented at the annual Joint Statistical Association Meetings, Toronto, Ontario, August 15, 1994.

[6] “The Canadian National Accounts Environmental Component: A Status Report”, National Income and Expenditure Accounts, Annual Estimates, Statistics Canada, catalogue number 13-201, July 1994.

[7] “The Timeliness of Quarterly Income and Expenditure Accounts: An International Comparison”, Australian Economic Indicators, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Catalogue No. 1350.0, September 1993.

[8] “‘Reading’ Government Statistics: A User’s Guide”, Policy Options, volume 14, number 3, April 1993.

[9] “The Treatment of the GST in the Income and Expenditure Accounts”, National Income and Expenditure Accounts, Statistics Canada, catalogue number 13 001, August 1991.

[10] “The Allocation of Indirect Taxes and Subsidies to Components of Final Expenditure”, National Income and Expenditure Accounts, Statistics Canada, catalogue number 13-001, February 1991.

[11] “Recent Trends in Wages”, Perspectives on Labour and Income, Statistics Canada, Winter 1990.

[12] “A Technical Note on Laspeyres, Paasche and Chain Price Indexes in the Income and Expenditure Accounts” with Katherine Kemp, National Income and Expenditure Accounts, Statistics Canada, catalogue number 13-001, May 1989.

[13] “Responses of Various Econometric Models to Selected Policy Shocks” with Brian O’Reilly and Graydon Paulin, Bank of Canada Technical Report #38, July 1983.

[14] “Expected Inflation and Wage Changes in Canada, 1967-81” with Craig Riddell, Canadian Journal of Economics, volume 15, number 3, August 1982.

[15] “Wage Changes: The Frequency of Wage Settlements, The Variability of Contract Length and ‘Locked-in’ Wage Adjustments” with D.A. Wilton, Economica, volume 45, August 1978.

[16] “Revisions to the Income and Expenditure Accounts, 1953 to 1977”, National Income and Expenditure Accounts, Statistics Canada, catalogue number 13-001, August 1977.

[17] “The Responsiveness of Canadian Imports of Selected Commodities to Changes in Activity and Price” with U.K. Chand and R.S. Danielson, Canadian Statistical Review, Statistics Canada, August 1977.