OEA Workshop: The Economic Impacts of the Fort McMurray Wildfires

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Monday 06 February 2017, 14:30 - 16:00


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Ottawa Economics Association

February 6 Workshop Event

with Statistics Canada

The Economic Impacts of the Fort McMurray Wildfires


SPEAKER:  Craig Kavanagh, Senior Economic Analyst, Industry Accounts Division, Statistics Canada


WHERE: Oasis Boardroom, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), CD Howe Building, 235 Queen St., Level C3. 


WHEN:   Monday, February 6, 2017, 2:30pm to 4:00pm 



Pre-registration is mandatory because of limited space.  To register, visit us at www.cabe.ca.   Registration deadline is 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 2, 2017, but will close earlier should the event reach capacity.  

There is no charge for this event.   However, as space is limited priority will be given to members for registrations received prior to Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  



The Fort McMurray wildfires had important short and long term impacts on the Canadian economy. The presentation uses Statistics Canada information to provide an overview of the repercussions of this natural disaster on current production and consumption, asset stocks and production capacity, as well as movements of funds such as government assistance, charitable giving and insurance payments. From localized impacts to the national picture the data shows the very different impacts the wildfires had on industry and consumers.  This is a good example of how data within the national statistical system can be enhanced and presented to shed light on significant economic events.



Craig Kavanagh has spent the last decade plus working on one of the agency’s mission critical programs, Gross Domestic Product by Industry – National (Monthly), where he currently sits as one of the program’s senior economic analysts. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and joined Statistics Canada in 2001.

Craig is married with 3 children. He golfs, curls and bikes and has begun what will be many years of taxiing his boys to and from different arenas across the city.


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