OEA Luncheon: Measuring the Economy in a Digitalized World

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Thursday 13 December 2018, 11:45 - 14:00


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Measuring the Economy in a Digitalized World:

How Official Statistics are Trying to Keep Up



James Tebrake

Director General, Statistics Canada

Technology has rapidly changed where and how goods and services are delivered and consumed. With these monumental transformations, the vast growth of “big data” and online transactions, accurate and timely measurement of economic activity has become more challenging, and more vital than ever.

Are our historical approaches to measuring data up to the task?

Statistics Canada is working on new ways to track and understand global consumers, household production, intangible investment, and the evolving social and environmental issues in an increasingly digitalized world.

Come learn more about this cutting-edge work, which has become a high-profile public policy issue and is garnering widespread attention, including being featured in The Economist magazine, Planet Money podcast and more.

The OEA will also hold its brief Annual General Meeting during lunch, prior to the presentation.



WHEN:          Thursday, December 13, 2018

                        11:45 a.m. – Registration and networking

                                     12:10 p.m. – Lunch followed by presentation            

WHERE:        Rideau Club

                      99 Bank Street, 15th Floor, Ottawa

COST:           OEA Members - $50 prepaid on-line; $80 at the door.

                     Non-members - $75 prepaid on-line; $100 at the door.

                     OEA Student members - $25 prepaid on-line.

                     Table of 8 - $525 prepaid on-line.




Payment at the door subject to availability given space limitations and is via cash or cheque only. Tables of 8 must be purchased online in advance. Online prices do not include HST. To receive on-line discount, on-line payment must be made at the time of registration. OEA Payment Guidelines are available here.

Please note the Rideau Club dress code: Mandatory jacket and collared shirt with tie are required for men and ladies are expected to similarly dress appropriately (dresses, skirts, pants with a jacket).




To register, please visit the on-line store here by 5 pm on December 10, 2018.

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James Tebrake

Director General, Statistics Canada

James Tebrake is a graduate of McMaster University (honours B.A. in economics) and Carleton University (master’s degree in economics). He joined Statistics Canada in 1992. Since then, he has worked in a number of program areas in the economic statistics field, including the international trade statistics program and the industry statistics program. He is currently director general of the Macroeconomic Accounts Branch, where he oversees programs responsible for developing macroeconomic indicators such as GDP, national net worth, labour productivity, balance of payments and government revenues, expenditures and levels of debt.