Stephen Tapp is the Chief Economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he is a key member of the Chamber’s executive leadership team, responsible for economic analysis and research. His focus is on developing data, analytics and forecasting capacities to provide real-time and forward-looking insights for Canadian businesses of all sizes, in all sectors and regions of the country.
Stephen brings 20 years of diverse experiences at many of Canada’s top economic organizations including at: Export Development Canada as the Deputy Chief Economist, the Bank of Canada, Parliamentary Budget Office, Finance Canada, two think tanks as well as academia.
He is a recognized thought leader, frequent commentator and sought-out spokesperson on economic issues in Canada. Stephen’s research was awarded the Purvis prize for Canadian economic policy and has been published in academic journals, such as the Canadian Journal of Economics and Canadian Public Policy. He has a PhD and MA in Economics from Queen’s University and an Honors BA from Western. During his undergrad, he studied in the Netherlands and was the owner-operator of a student painting company.