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Economist

Economist

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Ottawa Closing: 12/07/2022
1700 – 275 rue Slater Street, Ottawa ON, K1P 5H9

Economist
Business Data Lab

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is Canada’s largest and most activated business network — representing 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade and more than 200,000 businesses of all sizes, from all sectors of the economy and from every part of the country — to create the conditions for our collective success. Our vision is to build a Canada of thriving business opportunity, a strong economy and a better life for all. Our mission is to drive change, partner broadly and be the undisputed champion and catalyst for the future of business success. We do this through policy and advocacy, our Canadian Chamber Network and our suite of essential business services.

From working with government on economy-friendly policy to providing services that inform commerce and enable trade, we give each of our members more of what they need to succeed: insight into markets, competitors and trends, influence over the decisions and policies that drive business success and impact on business and economic performance.

Our team will drive our transformation and expansion as part of Chamber 2025

We are entering an exciting period of transformation and expansion to meet the changing needs of our members.

Our transformation will take us from being the voice of Canadian business as a federal lobby organization to also becoming the undisputed champion and catalyst for the future of business success. Through our Chamber 2025 Strategic Plan, we will give each of our members more of what they need to succeed:

  • Insight into markets, competitors and trends
  • Influence over the decisions and policies that drive business success
  • Impact on business and economic performance

Starting in 2022, we will be launching whole new divisions and offerings to serve businesses of all sizes and sectors across our Canadian Chamber Network. This includes:

  • Best-in-class data and insights
  • Tailor-made solutions for SMEs, including training and consulting services
  • Enhanced membership benefits
  • Expanded B2B networking opportunities
  • International growth boosters

That is why we want to recruit top talent who understand today’s business realities and have an entrepreneurial mindset that can support our business building goals as well as emerging business needs and opportunities.

Term and Location

This role is full-time permanent and is based in Ottawa.

What we offer: Summary of the Role and Opportunity

As a key part of our Chamber 2025 Strategic Plan, we have launched an innovative new Business Data Lab (BDL), which will become an indispensable source of intelligence for and about Canadian business. Our goal is to advance our understanding of Canadian businesses by providing future-focused, real-time data and insights for all company sizes, sectors and regions of the country.

We are looking for an Economist who will join as a core member of the BDL’s highly motivated team, to discover interesting and important insights and build the Chamber’s economic, data and analytics capacity. As such you will need to bring to this position: a strong technical skillset, qualitative aptitude, along with an internal drive, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, and readiness for collaboration.

This position lies at the heart of bringing the BDL to life. Working within the BDL team in this capacity is a unique opportunity to gain valuable and practical work experience during a significant period of transition for Canadian businesses and economy early in your professional career.

Your Role: Core Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Chief Economist and the Senior Research Director, you will:

  • Conduct independent research on a wide variety of topics that matter to Canadian businesses.
  • Develop new BDL Business Insights reports and policy briefs, independently as well as in collaboration with external researchers from government, academia, think tanks and non-profits.
  • Leverage the BDL’s emerging suite of data dashboards to create compelling business narratives.
  • Uncover unique insights from the Canadian Survey of Business Conditions (CSBC), a quarterly survey conducted by Statistics Canada with responses from more than 15,000 Canadian businesses.
  • Produce high-quality, timely written monitoring, data analysis and commentaries for recurrent macroeconomic and business data releases.
  • Ad hoc economic analysis to support the Chief Economist’s events, presentations, and media appearances.
  • Design and deliver impactful visualizations to communicate insights using structured and unstructured data.

What you bring/How you qualify: Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Economics, (International) Business, Finance, Commerce, Public Policy.
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience working with economic datasets using sophisticated analysis to solve complex research problems with a variety of software packages (such as R, Python, Microsoft Azure, Power BI, STATA, SPSS, EViews, Haver, Excel/Visual Basic macros).
  • Analytical, logical thinking with keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to clearly explain research results and their implications to a variety of audiences
  • High organization skills, ability to operate in a fast-paced work environment on multiple concurrent projects, while hitting deadlines and delivering results.
  • Keen interest in and knowledge of Canadian business and public policy issues.
  • Ability to work independently and to know when to consult with colleagues and leader for input and direction.
  • Team-player who actively leverages teammates’ strengths and has a strong desire to learn and grow your skills

What can set you apart: Asset Qualifications

  • Prior experience in monitoring, forecasting, conducting modelling scenarios and public policy research on the Canadian economy
  • Ability to work in English and French
  • Ability to conduct mapping and geo-spatial analysis to generate location-specific insights
  • Git/GitHub functionality and demonstrated coding workflow project experience

How to apply:

Please apply by July 12, 2022, by emailing hr@chamber.ca. To support your application, please submit the following:

1) a cover letter highlighting your qualifications for this role
2) an updated resume or c.v.
3) an example of your work on a data-intensive economic or business research project performed in the last one or two years.

The salary range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in concert with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, we will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process.

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of all segments of society. We are dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture amongst the whole workforce and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire will be based on merit, competence, performance and business needs.

Application Instructions

Please apply by July 12, 2022, by emailing hr@chamber.ca. To support your application, please submit the following:

1) a cover letter highlighting your qualifications for this role
2) an updated resume or c.v.
3) an example of your work on a data-intensive economic or business research project performed in the last one or two years.