19 Nov Dr. André Le Dressay – Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics
André Le Dressay is the Director of the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics, the Director of Fiscal Realities Economists, and an economics professor at Thompson Rivers University. He has worked with Clarence (Manny) Jules, and over 300 First Nations communities and leaders across Canada for the last 30 years to support economic self-determination by implementing First Nation fiscal powers and jurisdiction. He has written numerous academic and consulting reports in his areas of expertise: building the legal, administrative, fiscal, and institutional framework to support indigenous jurisdiction and economic growth.
He co-authored a book which was nominated for the Donner Book Prize in 2010. He was the principal author of the Tulo Centre online textbook—Building a Competitive First Nation Investment Climate (2015). He has also authored the closing chapter, Unlocking First Nation Wealth: Past Efforts & Future Opportunities, in a compilation entitled, Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations (2016). His working paper Renewing Indigenous Economies Through Creative Destruction has been available on the Tulo Centre website and has been downloaded over 800 times. He led the development of the curriculum for 14 original courses in First Nation Tax Administration and First Nation Applied Economics for the Tulo Centre and has taught over 400 First Nation students. André has received a distinguished alumni award from Thompson Rivers University and a lifetime achievement award from the First Nations Tax Administrators Association.
He received his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Applied Economics from the University of Victoria, and an Honors degree in Math and Economics from the University of Regina.