OEA: Career & Professional Development Event

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Wednesday 04 March 2020, 11:30 - 13:30


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Career & Professional Development Event:

Luncheon Roundtable for Students, Recent Graduates and Young Professionals


Featuring a Panel Discussion With


Colette Kaminsky

Director General, Strategic Innovation Fund, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Sloane Mask

Director of Parliamentary Relations and Planning, The Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer



Matthew Stewart

Director of Economics, Conference Board of Canada


Moderated by

Victoria Barham

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa


This luncheon roundtable is a unique opportunity for students, recent graduates and young professionals to learn more and benefit from experienced professionals’ advice regarding the challenges that await them in the job market. Professionals from diverse sectors in economics, social sciences, and administration will engage in an organized bilingual discussion on various subjects related to career and professional development. The roundtable will be followed by an open question period for participants as well as a networking session involving several other guest professionals.

This is a bilingual event held in partnership with the Association des économistes québécois (ASDEQ) and the University of Ottawa’s CO-OP & Career Services and Faculty of Social Sciences.


WHEN:     Wednesday, March 4, 2019

                  11:30 a.m. – Registration & lunch

                  11:50 p.m. – Panel discussion

                  13:00 p.m. – Informal networking

                  A light lunch will be served.


WHERE:    Room DMS 12102, Desmarais Building, University of Ottawa

                   55 Laurier Ave. East, Ottawa



There is no charge for this event. Pre-registration is mandatory due to limited capacity.

To register, please complete the online registration form below. We do not accept registrations by electronic mail. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2019, but will close earlier should the event reach capacity. Registration at the door cannot be guaranteed but may be accepted, subject to capacity.

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Colette Kaminsky

Colette Kaminsky


Colette Kaminsky is the Director General of the Strategic Innovation Fund at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Colette has an extensive background in public policy development, economic analysis, negotiations and program implementation, working both internationally and across Canada. She has previously worked at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Privy Council Office and Finance Canada. She is the founder of the Ottawa Women’s Leadership Network. She holds a Master’s in Economics from Queens University and a Bachelor’s from the University of Saskatchewan.


Sloane Mask

Sloane Mask

Sloane Mask is the Director of Parliamentary Relations and Planning at The Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO). Prior to joining the PBO, she worked with various Parliamentary entities and departments of the Government of Canada, including the Library of Parliament, the Senate, Statistics Canada and the Bank of Canada.

Sloane holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA).


Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart is Director of Economics at the Conference Board of Canada and specializes in the Canadian and World economy. Matthew is responsible for leading the Conference Board’s Forecasting and Analysis Division, which produces the Conference Board’s flagship report on the outlook for the Canadian economy. Matthew’s team also produces provincial, metro and industrial outlooks, long-term economic outlooks and consumer and business confidence reports. He also leads the Global Commerce Centre which aims to help Canadian leaders understand global economic shifts and their practical implications.

Matthew has also led several recent interesting research projects, including building a demand and supply model for physicians based on disease risk factors, disease incidence, prevalence, and mortality for over 250 diseases. He also released a report detailing the economic impact of a carbon tax and the cost of achieving Canada’s Paris commitment. Another recent paper highlighted the economic benefits of early childhood education.

Matthew is also involved in the Conference Board’s international development projects. Recently, he led several missions to Indonesia where he worked with government officials and industry representatives to identify ways to improve trade with Canada. He has also assisted the Ukrainian federal government, Oblasts and city level governments in developing strategic plans.

Matthew has a M.A. (Economics) from McMaster University and a B.A. (Honours Economics) from The University of Western Ontario.


Victoria Barham (Moderator)

Victoria Barham

Vicky Barham is currently Dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa. Vicky has been a professor in the Department of Economics since 1993, serving as its Director from 2008-2014. During her mandate, the department was recognized for innovative practices which significantly improved the student experience. Her research interests are principally in the fields of public economics and health economics, and has published in leading economics journals such as the Journal of Public Economics, European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, and Health Economics. Vicky has a particular interest in the economics of philanthropy.

Vicky earned her BA from Queens University, her MA at the University of Toronto, and her PhD from the Université Catholique de Louvain.



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