Michael Hinton

Michael Hinton founded Minerva’s Owl in 2012.  He has over 25 years experience in economic research and business consulting and has conducted research for Alcan, Canada Post Corporation, Canadian National Railways, and The Canadian Section of the NAFTA Secretariat for the Administration of the Agreement’s Dispute Settlement Provisions. In his consulting, Michael has researched and written client white papers and reports on a range of issues including:

  • The Demand for Mail
  • The Market for Express Delivery
  • The Organization of the Future
  • Pricing of Technical Training for Railway Workers
  • Regulatory Change in Canadian Telecommunications
  • Cost and Benefit of FTA Anti-Dumping and Countervail Dispute Resolutions
  • Is there a business case for sustainability?

Economic history is an old love Michael has recently returned to with a passion. His special areas of interest include: the measurement of productivity change and barriers to trade, cost-benefit analysis, and price and wage determination. In April, 2010 he gave a paper at an economics department workshop at Ryerson entitled  “Did Canadian manufacturing fail?  The case of the Canadian cotton textile industry before WW1.” Since then Michael’s been writing and publishing economics alone and with Minerva’s Owl’s honorary board chair Professor T. Barbiero.

Selected publications

Selected presentations and working papers 

Professional memberships

Mr. Hinton is a member of the American Economic Association, Canadian Economics Association, Economic History Association and the Economic History Society. 

Related education and training

  • Participant, American Economic Association Continuing Education, International Trade and Finance, 2011
  • Participant, American Economic Association Continuing Education, Time-series Econometrics, 2010
  • ABD, Doctoral studies, Economic History, University of Toronto
  • M.A., Economics, Queen’s University, Kingston
  • B.A. (Hons), Economics, Queen’s University, Kingston


  • Full-time lecturer: Department of Economics, Concordia University, 1981-1983, and 1985
  • Part-time lecturer: Economics, Marianopolis College, 1997, Concordia University, 1984, 1986-1989, and McGill, 1986
  • Courses taught: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Labour Economics, Canadian Economic History, and General Economic History
  • Executive MBA, John Molson School of Business, Orientation Course in Business Presentations, 2000 – 2010; McGill Executive Institute, Business Presentation Skills, 2000 – 2010.


  • Invited judge, JMSB, MBA Case Competition, 2011
  • Warden, St James the Apostle Anglican Church, Montreal, 2006 – 2008
  • Finance Chair, St James the Apostle, 2002 – 2006
  • President, Moderator Toastmasters Club, 1995