OEA: Career & Professional Development Event

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Tuesday 23 February 2021, 13:00 - 14:00


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Career & Professional Development Event

for Students, Recent Graduates and Young Professionals


Featuring a Panel Discussion With


Mathieu Laberge

Senior Manager, Deloitte


Louise Levonian

Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group




Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada



Moderated by

Catherine Deri-Armstrong

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa


This virtual event 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.

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:     Tuesday, February 23, 2021

                  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


WHERE:    The event will be held virtually using MS Teams. The link will be sent to registrants in advance of the event.



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

Please click here to register on the Eventbrite page for this event. The deadline to register is 12:00 p.m. on February 22, 2021. We do not accept registrations by electronic mail. 


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Mathieu Laberge

Senior Manager, Deloitte

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Matt Laberge is a Senior Manager in the Deloitte's Economics and Policy Advisory group. Matt is a recognized trusted advisor to the federal and provincial governments for close to 20 years in the areas of economic analysis, econometric modeling, policy development and analysis as well as communications. Matt is Deloitte Canada’s resident housing policy specialist and economist, as well as the Leader of the Inuit Advisory Practice.

Prior to joining the Economics and Policy Advisory group, Matt was Director of Policy to a Canadian cabinet Minister and focused his work on strategic advice regarding housing and social policy development. Before that, Matt was Chief Economist at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), where he oversaw econometric and financial model development for mortgage insurance and housing market analysis. Matt also worked in research centers where his work focused on the public sector (health and education), infrastructures and natural resources. Matt also had a seat on the advisory council to the Urban Development Institute (Montreal) where he contributed research on municipal tax policies, including a North American review of property and commercial tax base and tax rate. Most recently, Matt was named as a member of the Comité Consultatif sur la Lutte contre la Pauvreté et l’Exclusion Sociale by the Quebec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Nottingham with a Masters of Science in International Economics. He also holds an MBA from Cornell University and from Queen’s University, with a strong focus on international trade management.


Louise Levonian

Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, International Monetary Fund

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Louise Levonian has been the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since November 2018 and the World Bank Group (WBG) since March 2020.

Prior to joining the IMF and WBG, Louise served as Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development from May 2016 to October 2018. She also served as the Chair of the Labour Market Information Council, which identifies pan-Canadian priorities for the collection, analysis, and distribution of labour market information.

Prior to her appointment as DM, Ms. Levonian served as the Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada for close to two years. She also served as the Chair of the Board of Management and Renewal Sub-Committee on Public Service Engagement and Workplace Culture for four years. In this capacity, she helped shape the Blueprint 2020 exercise and ensured an engaged public service that is world-class and equipped to serve Canada and Canadians now and into the future.

Prior to joining Employment and Social Development Canada, Ms. Levonian served as Associate Deputy Minister for the Department of Finance. She worked at the Department of Finance from September 1995 to July 2014 with two intervals outside the Department: the most recent at the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada as the Director of Operations (Planning) in the Priorities and Planning Secretariat; and one working for KPMG – Barents Group as a tax consultant. At the Department of Finance, Ms. Levonian also held several positions of increasing seniority including as Departmental Secretary in the Deputy Minister’s Office, Director of Business Income Tax, General Director (Analysis), and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Tax Policy Branch. Ms. Levonian also held positions at the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Department of Transportation prior to joining the Department of Finance.

Ms. Levonian graduated from Queen’s University in 1990 with a Master of Arts in Economics, majoring in Public Finance and Industrial Organization. She was granted a Queen's University Graduate Scholarship in 1989–90. Ms. Levonian also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with High Honours at Carleton University and was on the Deans’ Honour List in 1988–89.


Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

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Pedro Antunes is the thought leader and spokesperson for the Conference Board’s suite of economic forecast products, as well as other reports and economic indicators that relate to Canada and its regions. Mr. Antunes has provided expert testimony before parliamentary committees. He makes numerous presentations on economic topics and dialogues with Canadian leaders, the public and media about issues important to Canada.

Mr. Antunes joined the Conference Board in 1991 after working with the Canadian Forecasting Group at the Bank of Canada. In addition to his contribution to regular forecast products, Mr. Antunes led research on the impact of demographic change on the financial sustainability of public health care, productivity and other issues affecting the long-term economic growth for Canada and its provinces. He also worked on several international projects, helping decision-makers in Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and Ukraine develop appropriate forecasting and policy analysis tools.

Pedro is fluent in both official languages. He is married with one son and enjoys hikes with his dog and playing soccer.

Mr. Antunes holds an M.A. (Economics) from Queen's University and a B.A. (Honours Economics) from Bishop's University.



Catherine Deri Armstrong

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa

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Catherine is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Ottawa.  She holds a BSc in Mathematics from McMaster University, a MA in Economics from Carleton University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. She is a former Academic Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) as well as a Past President of the Canadian Women Economists Network. She remains actively involved in both organizations. Her research areas include economic evaluation, applied health and labour economics. Her work has been published in economics journals, including top field and general interest journals, as well as medical, statistics and psychology journals.