E15 Experts are leading thinkers and practitioners from developed and developing countries reflecting a wide range of perspectives on trade and sustainable development. The experts’ participation in any E15 activity is on a personal basis and does not represent an official commitment of the organisations they are affiliated with.


John M. Curtis

Former Chief Economist at Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada
Innovation - Theme Leader
Innovation - Contributing Author

Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD); Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute; Adjunct Professor, Queen’s University; Chair of Statistics, Canada’s Advisory Committee on International Trade Statistics; Faculty member, Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Former: Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Founding Chief Economist, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Government of Canada; Founding Chair of the Economic Committee, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); Economic policy positions in several departments of the Government of Canada. Career has focused on all aspects of international trade, most recently the relationship of trade to the domestic economy, particularly in the field of intellectual property, innovation, and competitiveness. PhD in Economics, Harvard University.