Since 1871, CME has been the voice of industry in Canada. Our strength has been and continues to be the member companies for which we exist to serve; manufacturing and exporting firms. For those firms, the latest economic data reflects the impact of their company’s success but also paints a picture of what opportunities and barriers to growth exist.

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Mike Holden is the Chief Economist at CME.

Based out of Calgary, Mike brings over 20 years of experience as an economist and public policy analyst to CME. He leads the organization’s economic analysis and forecasting functions and plays a key role in policy research and setting CME’s strategic agenda for government advocacy on behalf of manufacturers and exporters across Canada.


As the director of CME’s major research projects, Mike has written on a wide range of issues important to manufacturers including tax competitiveness, NAFTA, and female representation in the manufacturing workforce. He also directs CME’s biannual Management Issues Survey and was a key architect of CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative.


In addition, Mike regularly speaks across Canada about the economy and the issues and challenges facing Canadian manufacturers.


Prior to joining CME, Mike was the Senior Economist at the Canada West Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s economic analysis and fiscal policy research agenda. He worked on a number of major public policy issues including energy development, fiscal federalism, infrastructure investment and resource revenue savings.


Born and raised in Edmonton, Mike moved back to Alberta after having spent nine years in Ottawa at the Library of Parliament, providing research and analysis to Members of Parliament on a range of economic, policy and trade issues. He was lead analyst for both the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade, and the Canadian section of the pan-American parliamentary association.


Mike has a BA in honours economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in economics from Queen’s University.