Brian Lewis is Chief Economist and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of Economic Policy (OEP) in the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He was appointed to the position in March 2015. In this role Brian leads the development of advice to the Ontario government on economic performance, forecasting, analysis and policy. He also plays a leading role in the Ontario Public Service on statistical policy and practices.
Brian joined the Ministry of Finance from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, where he contributed to the transformation of the provincial occupational health and safety system as Director of the Strategy and Integration Branch in the Prevention Office. Brian previously had worked for many years at the Ontario Ministry of Finance in progressively senior roles in the areas of revenue and economic forecasting and analysis.
Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Brian taught economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University and the University of Alberta. He also studied economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario and the University of Alberta in Edmonton.