Richard Saillant is a Moncton-based economist and author. Richard is a former vice-president of the Université de Moncton and director of the Donald J. Savoie Institute. He has also spent nearly fifteen years in Ottawa in various departments, including the Privy Council Office, Industry Canada and Transport Canada. Immediately prior to returning to New Brunswick, Saillant was a director general at Industry Canada, where he advised the government on large foreign takeover proposals, including BHP's failed attempt to acquire Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the largest takeover proposal in Canadian history.
Richard has written or edited four books over the past three years, his most recent book, A Tale of Two Countries: How the Great Demographic Imbalance is Pulling Canada Apart (2016) was longlisted for the National Business Book Award.
David is the former Chief Economist for the New Brunswick Jobs Board and founded his own economic development consulting and research firm, Jupia Consultants Inc., in 2008. Based in Moncton, he is one of Atlantic Canada’s leading economic development consultants. He has worked with more than 40 local, provincial and national economic development agencies, industry associations and government departments in six Canadian provinces and two American states. He holds a certificate in economic development from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and a master’s in business administration from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.