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Derek Rice, PAED | PhD


Research Manager


Derek Rice (Onkwehón:we and settler) lives and works as a guest on Anishinabek Nation Territory in Northern Ontario. Derek holds a certificate as a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED) with the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando) and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Ottawa. Some highlights of his research include evaluating the impact of First Nation self-government agreements on education attainment and evaluating the impact of changes in federal First Nation policy on socioeconomic outcomes.

Derek has held several senior positions in advising, academia, and government, where he led a diverse set of development, research, economic analysis, and economic development projects involving cost-benefit analyses, economic impact assessments, resource revenue valuations, and program evaluation. He has also led several projects involving Indigenous data sovereignty, policy and procedure development, and employment and training programs.