Since 2002, Meyer Burstein has worked as an international consultant in the field of social and economic policy. He has advised governments, research institutes and other organizations on policy and program issues, evaluation, strategic planning, research, knowledge transfer and organizational development. His clients have included Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Privy Council Office, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Canadian Heritage, Justice Canada, the RCMP, Oxford University, the International Organization for Migration, the Canadian Studies Association, the Government of Ireland, the European Commission and the United Nations.
Prior to consulting, Mr. Burstein served as the Executive Head of Metropolis, an international policy-research project on migration and diversity, of which he was a co-founder. The Project has received international and domestic acclaim including the Government of Canada’s Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Policy Development, and an industry award for "Excellence in the Management of Information Technology in the Public Sector". Mr. Burstein was also the Director-General of the Strategic Planning Research and Analysis Branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In this capacity, he managed a comprehensive program of research on immigration and citizenship, coordinated the Department’s strategic planning function, and conducted ongoing strategic and operational assessments. A key focus of his work was the design and management of the Canada’s economic immigration programs. Mr. Burstein has held a number of other senior positions within CIC, including Director of the Administrative Review Program for Refugees (a special program to deal expeditiously, and generously, with backlogged refugee claims) and Director of the Data Analysis and Forecasts Division. Before joining CIC, Mr. Burstein served as a senior policy and program evaluator for the Department of Manpower and Immigration.
Mr. Burstein holds an M.A. in economics from Carleton University. He continues to serve as Chair Emeritus of the International Metropolis Project and he Chairs the Project’s Policy-Research Committee. He is a Policy Fellow at COMPAS, the Centre on Migration Policy and Society at Oxford University and a member of the Board of Directors of the Journal of International Migration and Integration as well as a member of the Advisory Group on the Diaspora Project at the Asia-Pacific Foundation.