Kari Wolanski

Finance Canada


Kari Wolanski is the director responsible for development and implementation of Canada's draft Quality of Life Framework, released by Finance Canada in Budget 2021. She has over twenty years of social policy-related experience in government, non-governmental organisations and private sector consulting; primarily related to poverty and the income security architecture. She has worked at the Privy Council Office on the broad suite of policy measures introduced since 2015 to strengthen the middle class, and prior to that at Employment and Social Development Canada on Employment Insurance and income security policy. She also worked in New Zealand and Australia for five years, where she played an integral role in designing and implementing a long-term investment approach to improving outcomes for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining government she did front line work for five years supporting women leaving family violence by providing crisis counselling and outreach support to access social, legal, and medical services.


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