SURREY, B.C. – The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) announced Oct. 3 it has appointed Jock Finlayson as the association’s first chief economist.
As chief economist Finlayson will “monitor and analyze industry trends, market conditions, and economic factors to provide insights and forecasts relevant to the construction sector,” a release said, along with advising the association and its members on business and policy developments affecting construction and the wider economy.
“For many years, Jock Finlayson has been one of the most respected and insightful voices shaping economic and public policy analysis and discussion in British Columbia, and we are thrilled to have him as ICBA’s first chief economist. Jock’s experience and expertise will be brought to bear on some of the key issues facing construction and the broader economy, including fiscal policy, the shortage of people, regulatory creep, declining productivity, and loss of economic competitiveness,” ICBA president Chris Gardner said.
Finlayson previously served as executive vice-president and chief policy officer at the Business Council of British Columbia and is a former director of the Bank of Canada. He holds a master’s degree in business from Yale University, undergraduate and M.A. degrees from UBC, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University.
“Construction is a sector full of savvy entrepreneurs and visionary builders, creating companies and projects that deliver tremendous value to British Columbia. It’s an honour to be named ICBA’s first Chief Economist, and to provide analysis and insight for an industry that makes up nearly 10 per cent of the economy. A thriving construction sector is vital to the economic health of our province,” Finlayson added.