David Williams is Vice President of Policy at the Business Council of British Columbia. He leads the development of research and advice to government on economic policy, productivity, investment, innovation, taxation and human capital.

David joined the Council in 2018 after six years as Senior Economist at the Bank of Canada. Prior to immigrating to Canada, he spent nine years in increasingly senior roles in the Australian public service. He was Senior Adviser for Economic Policy at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet before taking leave to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University. While at Oxford, David was a lecturer in economics and a PhD research intern at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C.

He is President of the Association of Professional Economists of B.C., an organization representing around one hundred of the province’s top economists, and a member of the adjudication committee for the Canadian Economic Association’s Mike McCracken Award for Economic Statistics.

David holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in economics from Oxford University.