Corporate profile

Brown Economic’s commitment to excellence informs all of the work we do. This commitment manifests itself in the following ways:

Ms. Brown has also developed and refined various aspects of methodologies underlying injury and fatality cases. In creating a wage deficit approach with regression analysis (using the Heckman method), Brown Economic has been able to publish the results in the Journal of Legal Economics entitled “The Impact of Disability on Earnings and Labour Force Participation in Canada: Evidence from the 2001 PALS and from Canadian case law” vol. 16, no. 2, April 2010. For more information on the HALS/PALS data, go to our website.

In analyzing Statistics Canada’s Surveys of Household Spending, Ms. Brown has published two articles in the Journal of Forensic Economics to derive personal consumption rates for the deceent. The most recent article is entitled “Personal Consumption Rates for Canada: Update of 2000 PCRs using 2007-08 Survey of Household Spending” data, vol. 23, no. 2, 2012. This is a refinement that is long overdue, as it provides PCRs by family size and income level. It also obviates the need to decide between what has been referred to as “joint/cross” and “sole” dependency, since the proper dependency formula includes both spouses’ incomes (where the survivor’s income falls out of the equation when it is zero). The anonymous referees who vetted the 2012 article commented that “This is an important resource for forensic economists in Canada.”

The firm’s litigation experience is substantial. Ms. Brown has been qualified by and testified in more than 130 cases in every province and territory in Canada (except New Brunswick and PEI) since 1989, as well as in two American states (Texas and North Dakota). Dr. Strain has testified in both New Brunswick and Newfoundland. See Court Testimony for case law excerpts. Ms. Brown was also hired in the Milgaard and Truscott cases (the firm quantified the eventual $10 million award given to the Milgaard family), had her opinion accepted by the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal in the Walsh case, and had her evidence accepted in B.M.G. v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General) for damages in a sexual assault case in 2007. In 2010 and in 2015, Ms. Brown’s evidence for the federal government in Brodie v. Canada (Attorney General) and Adams v. Canada (Attorney General) was accepted over the plaintiff expert’s evidence in both cases. Ms. Brown’s evidence was also accepted by the Supreme Court of Canada in Young v. Bella, Rowe and Memorial University of Canada.

[1]  Alberta’s civil practice note no. 5 for economic experts is a 3-page procedural guide created by Alberta judges, which recommends that economic experts identify first, the key factors and data underlying their analysis, and second, what those specific assumptions are in each case. We find that this is a helpful guide for an executive summary (complete with endnotes referencing various sources), so we use this approach in all reports, in and outside of Alberta.