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Robert Smith is an Associate for IISD assisting with its work in measurement and knowledge management. He has over 20 years’ expertise in environment-economy statistics, energy and climate change, sustainable development, natural capital and national accounting. At the outset of his career, Robert worked in various analyst positions in the National Accounts and Environment Division, Statistics Canada and, after a series of promotions, served for ten years as Director (EX-2) of the Environmental Accounts and Statistics Division, Statistics Canada. He was also assigned, through a Government of Canada Fellows Program, to the position of Director of Network Transformation for Telus Communications, where he streamlined contract solicitation processes and introduced environmental sustainability goals in Telus’ data centre design and operations.
- Comprehensive Wealth in Canada: IISD's report launch On December 1, 2016, IISD publicly released a report on measuring Comprehensive Wealth, an innovative approach, never before undertaken in Canada, to measuring wealth that looks beyond merely GDP.
- Raisons pour lesquelles nous devrions nous inquiéter à propos de la richesse du CanadaIn a French-language blog post, Scott Vaughan and Robert Smith explain why we need to reconsider how we measure wealth in Canada.
- Comprehensive Wealth in Canada—Measuring what matters in the long runThis report seeks to introduce the concept of comprehensive wealth to Canadians and outline why it should be considered an essential complement to the other measures such as gross domestic product.
- Why We Don't Really Measure Natural Capital but Really ShouldThis policy brief discusses the critical importance of shifting the focus of economic measurement from GDP alone to a broader measure based on the...