Derek Cook

Director, Canadian Poverty Institute, Ambrose University


Derek Cook serves as the Director of the Canadian Poverty Institute at Ambrose University in Calgary. In this role, he recently served on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty, providing input to the development of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. Previously, Derek worked for The City of Calgary where he led the Mayor’s task force on poverty reduction. He has extensive experience in social research and policy development, particularly in the areas of poverty and inequality, from his work in municipal government and various non-profit organizations across Canada. Derek holds a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University, an M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development and a Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization from the University of Guelph, and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Alberta College of Social Workers.


Evaluating Bold Policy Proposals - Income and Consumption
May 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Panel presentations and live discussion with wellbeing research, policy and practice leaders to propose and assess the feasibility of specific bold, cost-effective, evidence-based and impactful policies for wellbeing.
Paul Frijters
Professor of Wellbeing Economics, London School of Economics
Andrew Oswald
Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science, Warwick University.
Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee
Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School, IZA Research Fellow
Derek Cook
Director, Canadian Poverty Institute, Ambrose University
Marc Lee
Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Kari Wolanski
Finance Canada
James Hughes
President and CEO, Mission Brewery