Job Title:Author & Journalist
Grad Year:1969
Degree(s):B. Eng. (Civil)
Major(s):Civil Engineering
Expertise:Journalism, Public Policy, Writing and Editing
Industry:Public Policy

What makes you a good mentor?

With more than 30 years of experience in both covering politics and economics across the globe - and in recent years, as a recognized expert in layoffs - it's time to give back to younger people interested in making a positive contribution to our society. I've been a foreign correspondent, economics specialist, best-selling author, lecturer in many MBA schools and a professional jazz musician. With the specialized training I received at Carleton and MIT, I have a good sense of how the skills of a university education can take you down many different roads. You NEVER know where you're going to end up in life's journey. The most important thing is to NOT be 40 years old and whining about "if only I had tried ______ (fill in the blank) when I was younger." Do it now

About Frank Koller

Frank Koller is an author and former foreign correspondent and economics specialist for CBC News. For nearly three decades, he reported for CBC from around the world, focusing on International politics and economic development, particularly in Asia and the U.S., winning many journalism awards.

Since leaving CBC in 2009, Frank’s writing and research has focused on the world of work and the employment challenges facing global society and its economies – and policy makers in both the private and public sectors – arising from the rapid introduction of new information and robotic technologies.

His recent book SPARK, a scathing critique of corporate North America’s addiction to layoffs, was critically acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and many international mass media / Internet venues. In 2010, Princeton University called SPARK “one of the 10 Best Books on Economics and Management.” The book is now used as a text in many MBA programs across North America.

Frank’s network of experience and contacts spans the globe – across politics, economics and technology.

As proof that you often end up far from where you start, Frank graduated in Civil Engineering from Carleton (1969) – earning that year’s Gold Medal – and then earned a master’s degree in Urban Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971.)

Frank was a successful professional jazz musician during the 1970s and early 1980s. His website is