Dr. Derek Ireland has worked as an economist, policy analyst and manager in the Canadian public and private sectors for 45 years. His positions in government were Senior Economist and Director of Economics and International Affairs at the Canadian Competition Bureau from 1990 to 1995; and Director of Consumer Policy Research and Acting Director-General for the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) of Industry Canada from 1995 to 1998. His extensive international experience includes more than 30 major consulting assignments in China on urban and regional development, infrastructure financing and regulatory reform for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and local governments; as well as research and policy development work in several other developing countries such as Malaysia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, and in Botswana working with the Secretariat of the Southern Africa Development Community on the enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws among the SADC Member States. Mr. Ireland has a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Economics from Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University Ottawa Canada, with his research focused on competition policy, law and institutions, governance and regulatory reform in developing and emerging market economies.