Chris Lawless appointed as an Executive in Residence at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria

December 18, 2019, Victoria, BC – The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has appointed Chris Lawless as an Executive in Residence.

In this role, Lawless will primarily act as a resource for faculty members for research, teaching and curriculum development, in the subject area of Finance. Lawless will also serve as a guest lecturer, mentor to students and advisor to the Applied Portfolio Management Program.

“We are pleased that Chris is joining us as an Executive-in-Residence, as he brings unparalleled experience in the financial sector to Gustavson,” says Dr. Saul Klein, dean of the School.

From 2001 to 2019, Lawless served as chief economist at the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI). In this role, he oversaw research and analysis of economic, capital market, pension and public policy issues, and provided advice on economic and market risks for clients.

During his tenure at BCI, Lawless played a key role in the Canada Line light-rail transit project – a public-private partnership that was Project Finance International’s Deal of the Year for the Americas, and Euromoney’s Project Finance North American Transport Deal of the Year.

"I am honoured to be associated with the Gustavson School of Business,” says Lawless. “The reputation of the School is truly inspiring, and I look forward to engaging with students and faculty."

Lawless’ previous roles also include: tax policy economist and chief economist at British Columbia Ministry of Finance, and economist of the research branch of the Library of Parliament in Ottawa. Lawless holds a B.A. (Honours) and an M.A. in Economics from Carleton University.