Brett House

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Brett House


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Brett House is a Professor of Professional Practice in economics at Columbia Business School in New York. He is also a Fellow with the Public Policy Forum, as well as a Senior Fellow with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Massey College.  

From 2016 to 2022, House was Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist at Scotiabank, Canada’s third-largest and most international bank. Prior to joining Scotiabank, House was Chief Economist at an alternative investment management start-up in Toronto and Global Strategist at Woodbine Capital Advisors, a New York-based global macro fund. 

Earlier in his career, House served as Principal Advisor in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General and as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He cut his teeth in financial markets at Goldman Sachs International in London and at the World Bank in Washington, DC. 

House is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in economics from the University of Oxford and Queen’s University at Kingston. In earlier years, he taught at Oxford University, McGill University, and the University of Cape Town and has held research roles at Columbia University and Massey College. 

Brett serves on the investment committees of the boards of Pearson College, Massey College, and the Canadian Rhodes Scholars’ Foundation. He is additionally a member of the boards of the Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE) and The 519, Toronto’s municipal organization dedicated to advocacy for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ communities. He received the 2014 Québec Notable Award in Finance, the 2015 Good Citizen Award from his hometown of Lincoln, Ontario, and the 2018 Professional Leader Award from Start Proud. House was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos) and one of 100 top global LGBT+ executives by INvolve & Yahoo Finance. House is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). 

Updated July 2023