Paul Summerville

 Paul Summerville
Adjunct Professor


BA, York University (Glendon College); MA, University of Alberta; PhD, University of Toyko.



  • Political Economy
  • International Management

Paul Summerville (born December 1957 in London, England) is an economist, equity research director, and Asian regional head at several prominent global investment banks (Deutsche Bank, Jardine Fleming, Lehman Brothers, Richardson Greenshields, RBC Dominion Securities, Toronto Dominion Securities), and Wellington Management (Boston).

In his role as adjunct Professor, Paul has mentored many students from countries as diverse as India, Iran, Brazil, Japan, China, the United States, and Canada. In 2013 co-founded LimeSpot with an MBA student from Gustavason. LimeSpot now is the leading personalization app on the Shopify ecommerce platform, and a global leader in this space with offices in Vancouver, Berkeley, Manila and Berlin. Currently, Paul is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Revenue Agency nominated by the Minister of Finance of BC, and confirmed by Canada's Privy Council and the Governor General. 

Completing a PhD. from the University of Tokyo (1988) with a thesis on the Japanese automotive industry, he studied and worked in Tokyo, Japan from 1983 to 1994, and again from 2000-2004. He worked in Toronto from 1995 to 2000.

His economic forecasts and political analysis led him to many appearances in the global television and radio media including the BBC, CNN, CBC, CTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and NHK. He had a regular column in the Nikkei Weekly, and the Financial Post, has published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, and National Post, and was often quoted in many of the world's leading economic newspapers and magazines.

Paul ran twice for Parliament in the 2006 and 2012 elections in St. Paul's (Toronto) and Victoria.

Summerville's studies also include a B.A. from York University -- Glendon College (1976–1980) with a third year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1978–1979), an M.A. from the University of Alberta (1980–1981), Ph.D. work at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva (1981–1982) and the University of Alberta (1982–1983), and Japanese studies at Osaka Foreign Language University (1983–1984).

  • Global Economy
  • Japan
  • Managing in Cross Culture