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Across the Network, hundreds of researchers are busy investigating a wide range of social, economic and health-related issues. To help media and other interested stakeholders quickly find help to better appreciate ongoing Canadian public policy debates, and to increase knowledge transfer from social statistics research, we have invited a number of them to become a CRDCN expert. All have outstanding research credentials and they are available to answer your questions and provide reliable research findings and evidence in their respective fields of expertise.

To talk with one of our experts, please contact Johanne Provençal, CRDCN Research Program Director.

Aging, Retirement and Health Care Services

Byron Spencer is Professor of Economics at McMaster University, Director of the Research Institute for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population, and Academic Director of the McMaster Research Data Centre. For the last decade his research has centred around the SEDAP (Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population), whose purpose has been to gain a better understanding of the likely social and economic consequences of the inevitable aging of the population. He has published extensively on the impact of population change on the economy, on our social security system, and on both the future need for health care services as the population ages and the ways in which those needs could be met.

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Canadian Demographics

Rod Beaujot is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario and the principal investigator of the Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster. From 2004 to 2014, he was the Academic Director of the UWO RDC. His research expertise in Canadian demographics includes fertility, immigration, population aging and their policy implications in the areas of family, labour force, and income security. He is also interested in questions related to gender and families, especially the earning and caring activities over the life course as seen in the division of paid and unpaid work, and how these form the context through which to interpret childbearing behaviour. In 2015, he received the Lifetime Contribution Award from the Canadian Population Society.

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Child Development

Catherine Haeck is Professor of Economics at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is currently an invited researcher at the Québec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) and an affiliated researcher at CIRANO Research Centre and the Education Policy Research Initiative. Her research focuses on the human capital development of children and youth. Her current research focuses on the implications of different programs, such as nutritional programs during pregnancy, universal childcare and paid parental leave, on child health.


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Children Well-being, Income and Inequality

Kevin Milligan is Associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of British Columbia and academic director of the British Columbia Interuniversity Research Data Centre. His research spans the fields of public and labour economics, with a focus on the economics of children and the elderly, as well as other tax and labour market policy issues. His published papers cover topics such as maternity leave, child tax benefits, childcare subsidies, retirement savings, education savings, public pensions, social assistance, and inequality.


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Céline Le Bourdais is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change at McGill University. Her research focuses on the effect of recent socio-demographic changes - in marriage, fertility and the labour market - on family dynamics and the family life course of women, men and children and their implications for family policy. In 2013, she was awarded the Prix Thérèse-Gouin-Décarie by the Acfas and, in 2014, she received the Lifetime Cntribution Award from the Canadian Population Society.


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First Nations and Methodology Issues

Claire Durand is Professor of sociology at the University of Montreal. She specializes in quantitative methods and polling methodology. She has analyzed poll results from several electoral campaigns in Quebec, in Canada and in France. More recently, she has undertaken new research projects examining socioeconomic inequality, among Firsts Nations in particular.

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Amélie Quesnel-Vallée is Associate Professor, Joint Appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University, and Director of the International Research Infrastructure on Social Inequalities in Health (IRIS). Her research examines the contribution of social policies to the development of social inequalities in health over the lifecourse. She currently studies the impact of public coverage and private health insurance regulation on general and mental health in select OECD countries.


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Inequality and Health Care

Lori J. Curtis is professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Waterloo and Director of the South Western Ontario Research Data Centre since 2009. She specializes in health and labour market issues. She is interested in health inequities and inequalities, particularly those related to children and women. 



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Labour and Firm-Sponsored Training

Benoit Dostie is a full professor in the Department of applied economics at HEC Montréal, the business school affiliated with the University of Montreal, where he holds the HEC Montréal professorship for the analysis of workplace and their employees. He  is also the Academic Director of the Québec inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) and member of the executive committee of the Canadian Research Data Center Network (CRDCN). He is fellow at CIRANO and IZA and researcher affiliated to the Center for productivity and prosperity of HEC Montréal. His research interests include statistical models for linked employer-employee data, duration models, returns to human capital, firm-sponsored training, productivity, turnover, and labour reallocation. 


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Mental Health

Scott Patten is a psychiatrist at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Northeast Calgary and Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.His research focuses on the epidemiology of depressive disorders in Canada and has the goal of integrating various epidemiologic estimates (incidence, recurrence, prevalence, recovery and mortality) into a comprehensive description of the epidemiologic patterns.

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Retirement, Income and Inequality

Tammy Schirle is Associate Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently Director of the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis and a member of the C.D. Howe Pension Policy Council. Her research interests include the economics of the elderly, income inequality, social policy, and the economics of gender.



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Socioeconomic and Cultural Integration of Immigrants

Abdie Kazemipur is Professor in the Department of Sociology, and the University Scholar (Research Chair) in social sciences, at the University of Lethbridge. Previously, he served as Stephen Jarislowsly Chair in Culture Change at Memorial University, where he conducted research and advised the provincial government on issues related to retention and integration of immigrants. He is also the founding Academic Director of two Research Data Centres at Universities of Lethbridge and Memorial. His research is in two distinct areas: the socio-economic experiences of immigrants in Canada, and the socio-cultural developments in the Middle East. In addition to numerous journal articles, conference presentations, and SSHRC research grants, he has authored seven books, the most recent of which is The Muslim Question in Canada: A Story of Segmented Integration (2014), published by UBC Press. For more information, see his web site:

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