Fred Olayele, PhD

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Fred Olayele, PhD Associate Professor of Management

Ph: 506-858-8970 Ext. 176
Email: Fred.Olayele@crandallu.ca

Dr. Fred Olayele is a global economist and public policy leader, with expertise in trade policy, innovation, FDI, urban policy, political economy, and inclusive development. He has published widely and shared best practices on these subjects nationally and internationally. A senior strategic advisor to several regional, national, and global leaders in business, public policy, and international affairs, he previously served as Chief Economist and Senior Vice President with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to that, he advised the Canadian provincial governments of British Columbia and Saskatchewan across the FDI, economic development, and energy policy domains.

Professor Olayele writes and lectures internationally on global development and related topics. He has held academic positions and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in economics, strategic management, and public policy at the University of Regina and Carleton University. He has served as a visiting professor and guest speaker across universities and academic institutions abroad. He sits on various non-profit boards and supports many social causes. Among others, he is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University in New York. He also sits on the International Advisory Board of the International Economic Development Council in Washington, D.C., and on the Board of the Canada-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa.

He has authored, edited, and co-edited three books, including Regional Economic Systems after COVID-19: Actionable Insights for an Equitable and Resilient Recovery (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023). For more information on his policy engagements and leadership initiatives, visit his personal website: www.fredolayele.com


PhD, Economics, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
MA, Economics, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
BSc (First Class Honours), Economics, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
PMP Certification, Project Management Institute, United States


Further details on Dr. Olayele’s research and publications are available on his personal website: www.fredolayele.com

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Innovation and Value Creation in Canada’s Ocean Sector: A Blue Economy Imperative, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023

Modeling Decreased Labor Access after the COVID-19 Pandemic: Economic, Social, and Demographic Implications, with J. Dykes and B. Leung, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023

Africa’s Blue Economy as a Development Finance Opportunity: Lessons for Policy Innovation, with J. Adam, Routledge, 2022

The Differential Impacts of Socioeconomic Status on Vulnerability in Urban Contexts: A Probit Analysis of Older Women in the United States, with P. Goel, International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, Volume 14, Issue 1, 2022

Urban Innovation and Reinvention: The Case of New York, with A. Gutiérrez, Metrópolis, el futuro es ya presente, Núm 920, 2021

Redistributive Fiscal Policies and Regional Economic Disparities, with K. Soo, Cogent Economics & Finance, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2020

Gravity, Borders, and Regionalism: A Canada–US Sub-National Analysis, The International Trade Journal, Volume 33, Issue 5, 2019

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