Dean Leonard Waverman

Len WavermanLeonard Waverman began his term as dean of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in January 2013.

Dr. Waverman is a world-renowned expert in international telecommunications and global resources management.

He specializes in microeconomics and industrial organization, economics of telecommunications, energy and resource economics, international trade, public utility and public enterprise economics. His current research focuses on the impact developments in the telecommunication industry have on growth and productivity. He has authored the influential Connectivity Scorecard, an annual index that ranks countries according to how advanced their communications networks are in promoting productivity and growth.

Dr. Waverman has consulted widely on energy, natural resources, telecommunications, and competition policy matters in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

He earned his BCom and MA from the University of Toronto and his PhD in economics from MIT. He has been a professor of economics at the University of Toronto and the London Business School and Dean of the Haskayne School of Business as well as professor of strategy at the University of Calgary.

Board Appointments

  • BNP Paribas Canada
    Non-executive board member
    September 2011 – Present
  • Editorial Board, Telecommunications Policy
    July 2009 – Present
  • Advisory Board to the Chair of the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board
    May 2009 – Present
  • C.D. Howe Institute
    January 2009 – Present
  • LECG Ltd.
    October 2004 – Present and December 1997 – January 2000

Selected Publications

  • The Telecommunications Global Regulatory Index
    With P. Koutroumpis
    Telecommunications Policy, 2011
  • The Failure of Competitive Entry into Fixed-Line Telecommunications, Who’s at Fault?
    With R. Crandall
    Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 2005
  • The Effects of Public Ownership and Regulatory Independence on Regulatory Outcomes
    With G. Edwards
    Journal of Regulatory Economics, 2005
  • Standards in Wireless Telephone Networks
    With D. Salant and N. Gandall
    Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 27, No. 5 – 6, June – July 2003
    Presented to the U.S. House Committee on International Telecommunications
  • Competition in Wireless: Spectrum, Service and Technology Wars
    With M. Jamieson, N. Levine
    Telecommunications Policy, Vol. 27, No. 5 – 6, June – July 2003
  • Econometric Cost Functions
    With M. Fuss, in M. Cave, S. Majumdar and I. Vogelsang (eds.)
    Handbook of Telecommunications Economics, Kluwer, 2002
  • Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Development: A Simultaneous Approach
    With H. Roeller
    American Economic Review, Sept. 2001