Redmond is a Founding Director of Mises Canada, the centre for the study of the Austrian School of Economics within Canada.
While studying fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Redmond read Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, beginning his study of economics that culminated in the discovery of the Austrian School. After graduation Redmond spent 7 years as an industrial designer, working for a company involved in manufacturing residential lighting in China for sale in North America, and then a boutique design/build architectural firm involved with projects such as Norman Foster’s Bow skyscraper in Calgary, Alberta.
The effects of the US housing bubble and central bank monetary policy were deeply felt in these sectors, and the Austrian School provided the answers to questions he had about the business cycle. Redmond Founded Mises Canada in 2010 to address the lack of knowledge about the true cause of our booms and busts of the last 100 years and the need for sound money and sound economics to be applied to the Canadian and global economy.
Chris is a practicing Chartered Accountant providing management and financial consulting services to companies at all stages of development. He’s aided in restructuring and improving the operational efficiency of large organizations, launched insurance companies, stock brokerages, and continues to provide his financial, accounting and project management expertise to financial institutions and other organizations. A former auditor with a Big 4 professional services firm and securities industry CFO, he’s been extensively involved with numerous Fortune 500 companies, pension funds and mid-sized businesses.
The 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign first brought the teachings of the Austrian School to Chris’s attention. After the bursting of the housing bubble he began studying their theories in depth and this has shaped his approach to finance and business administration ever since. Chris began assisting Mises Canada during the early startup phase and was later voted on to the Board of Directors due to his commitment and expertise in the areas of finance, accounting and Austrian economic theory.
Secretary and General Counsel
Christine Fard is a partner at Lumen LLP. Her practice focuses on corporate, commercial and securities law for private companies in a range of industries that conduct business locally and internationally. She has previously served as director and officer of several companies, as well as president of the FF Foundation, a development organization that manages and supports philanthropic projects.
An advocate of free-market principles and the Austrian School of Economics, Christine believes entrepreneurs and capital providers are the lifeblood of economic progress. She is motivated to serve the legal and business needs of emerging growth companies and the various parties involved.
Christine is admitted to the New York State Bar and the Ontario Bar. She graduated from the London School of Economics (LLB degree) with First Class Honours (Summa Cum Laude). During her legal studies, she was the recipient of many awards, including the Sweet and Maxwell Prize for Outstanding Performance, Blackstone Chambers Prize for Best Performance in Public Law and the highest results in Corporate Insolvency Law.
Academic Vice President
Dr. David Howden is professor of economics, and Chair of the department of business and economics at St. Louis University, at its Madrid Campus. He is the author or editor of several books including Deep Freeze: Iceland’s Economic Collapse (2011, with Philipp Bagus), and Institutions in Crisis: European Perspectives on the Recession (2011). He is also author or co-author of dozens of refereed academic articles, comments and book reviews in journals such as European Journal of Law and Economics, Review of Austrian Economics, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Business and Society Review, and Economic Affairs, among others. Dr. Howden is the founding editor of the Journal of Prices and Markets, published by Mises Canada.