Michael Walker

Board Member


Michael is a Senior Fellow and Honorary Director at The Fraser Institute, and Chairman of the Fraser Institute Foundation. From its inception in 1974 until 2005, Michael directed the research activities of the Fraser Institute and was its Chief Executive Officer. His principal concern has been to promote the examination and use of competitive markets as a method for enhancing human development. Michael has provided policy advice in this pursuit on 6 continents, and as an economist, has also authored numerous books and articles on other popular and technical economic issues. Michael was a Founder (1984) and longtime Director of Collingwood School located in West Vancouver. Collingwood comprises a student body of 1,200 from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 on two campuses and is one of Canada’s outstanding private schools.Earlier in Michael’s career, he worked at the Bank of Canada and the Federal Department of Finance, and then subsequently taught Economics at both Western University and Carleton.

Michael is the co-founder, with Milton and Rose D. Friedman, and a Director of the Economic Freedom of the World project, which is now a collaboration of institutes in 80 countries and produces the annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. The Index is one of the most widely cited such measures in the current academic literature.

He is a Director of a number of other enterprises, including The Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, The Canadian Constitution Foundation and Port4Homes Ltd. He was a founding Director of Sydney Research (a pioneer Canadian software company), an owner-Director of Mackenzie Fiemann Chemicals Ltd., a Director of Canaccord Financial and the Max Bell Foundation.

Michael is past-Chairman of The Pacific Academy for Advanced Studies which hosts the annual meeting in Alamos, Mexico of the “Chicago Boys” who have been instrumental in the economic reform process in Latin America and elsewhere. Michael received his Ph.D in Econometrics at the University of Western Ontario.

Michael and his partner Ellis Ripley Trafford have between them separately four children and four grandchildren. Michael is an avid singles tennis player and the pilot and owner of an amphibious airplane.