Student Fellows

AIMS on Campus operates an annual student fellowship program, open to students at post-secondary institutions across Atlantic Canada. Stay tuned to this page and join our student mailing list for updates on the 2016-2017 program. A call for applications will be sent out over the summer.

The 2014-2015 student fellows were:

Rinzin Ngodup
Dalhousie University, Development Economics

Rinzin is a graduate student in development economics at Dalhousie University. Born to Tibetan parents in India, he completed undergraduate studies in economics at the University of Madras, India. He has worked as a teaching assistant at Dalhousie University and has been living in Halifax since 2010 with his cousin. In his spare time, he enjoys reading classic novels and practicing meditation.

Interests: development economics, welfare economics, environmental economics, and macroeconomic policy

Samuel Hammond
Carleton University, Economics

Samuel is a Nova Scotia-native, born and raised on the South Shore. During his undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s University, he was Editor-in-Chief of the SMU Journal and spent over a year working as a junior economist for ACOA Halifax. He currently resides in Ottawa, where he is a graduate student in economics at Carleton University.

Interests: social choice theory, regional economic development, public finance, and growth theory

Leo Plumer
McGill University, Economics and Political Science

A Newfoundlander, Leo resides in Montreal, where he is enrolled in the joint economics and political science undergraduate programme at McGill University. He is an active member of Students for Liberty, a writer for the Mises Canada Emerging Scholars blog, and a proprietor of his own campus group, all of which has contributed to his interest in public policy. During the few breaks he takes from complaining about politics, he is an avid outdoorsman, gourmand, and metal-head.

Interests: development economics, welfare economics, social justice, international relations, and monetary policy

Corey Schruder
Cape Breton University, History

Corey is pursuing an undergraduate degree in history at Cape Breton University following two years at Queen’s University. He was previously an executive member of the Queen’s Students for Liberty group, where he was responsible for organizing the “Free Speech Wall” on campus, a contributor to the Queen’s Journal and Queen’s International Observer, and a former research assistant with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Most recently, he was an intern at the PMO. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about economic history and spending time with friends and family.

Interests: economic history, labour policy, municipal governance, welfare economics

Devin Drover
Memorial University, Economics

Devin is  pursuing an undergraduate degree in economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s. In addition to his studies, Devin currently works as a research assistant for Memorial’s economics department, and as the Features editor for his campus student newspaper, the Muse. A proud advocate for free markets, Devin also serves as Memorial’s campus coordinator for the Generation Screwed campaign, an initiative of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Interests: public finance, taxation, natural resource development, and labour markets


Mike Craig, former Student Fellow, on the Minimum Wage 


“Canadians display broad support for some form of a safety net. To help those who have no options, several policies are popular across the political spectrum. One option is a negative income tax. In essence, a negative income tax is a flat tax rate, followed by a tax-free cash transfer (of, say, $10 to 15 thousand dollars) to every Canadian. While tax is paid on all income, the result is that there is a guaranteed minimum income for everyone. In addition, no one pays any net taxes (because of the transfer) until a certain, higher income level – perhaps $40,000, depending on tax rate and transfer size – is reached.  This policy has far fewer distortionary effects on employment, and enjoys a stronger theoretical backing.”