I've found AIMS to be an impressive shop producing quality and thought-provoking work. A small group of researchers, they definitely punch above their weight in producing reports on Atlantic issues from a market perspective. More than once they have twigged this province's government with inconvenient truths on education, municipal and general economic policy. Local naysayers will dismiss their reports by trying to paint them as a crew of right wing nutjobs at the same time steering clear of substantive rebuttals.
As Churchill noted, if you are receiving flack then you must be over the target.