Rachel Samson

Rachel Samson

Vice-President, Research
Twitter: @rachel_e_samson

Rachel Samson is a policy research executive with 25 years of experience providing evidence-based policy advice. As vice-president of research at the IRPP, Rachel has directed policy research and analysis relating to Employment Insurance, long-term care, child care, digital-technology adoption and industrial policy. She also led the IRPP’s role as the research and knowledge mobilization partner of the Affordability Action Council.

Prior to joining the IRPP in 2022, Rachel was research director for clean growth at the Canadian Climate Institute, where she led multiple in-depth research reports, including Sink or Swim: Transforming Canada’s Economy for a Global Low-Carbon Future. Before that, Rachel worked as a consultant, undertaking policy research and writing for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and the Smart Prosperity Institute. Rachel also spent 15 years as an economist and executive with the federal government, with roles at Environment Canada, Finance Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. Rachel holds a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University.

Recent Policy Options articles by Rachel:

  • Policy analysis and advice
  • Clean/green growth
  • Inclusive growth
  • Climate change, air pollution and biodiversity policy
  • Innovation policy