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Senior Research Director

Senior Research Director

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Ottawa, Ontario Closing: 27/05/2022
275 Slater St. Ottawa, ON K1P 5H9

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 have begun 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 position, based in Ottawa.

Summary of the Role and Opportunity

As a key part of our ambitious Chamber 2025 Strategic Plan, we recently launched an innovative new Business Data Lab, which will become an indispensable source of intelligence for and about Canadian business. Our goal with this initiative 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.

This position offers a unique opportunity to take on a leadership role in a small, growing and highly-motivated team that will bring the BDL to life, by building the Chamber’s data and analytics capacity. We recruit top talent who understand today’s business realities and have an entrepreneurial mindset to help reach our business goals. You will bring to this position, a demonstrated technical research background, along with motivational leadership and strategic vision, an intellectual curiosity and an ability to design and execute a successful longer-term research agenda.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing and implementing an innovative longer-term research agenda that will make the Chamber an essential source of intelligence about and for Canadian business, by producing outputs that include:
    • Data commentaries that provide clear analysis and takeaways for Canadian business from key economic data releases (e.g. GDP, labour force, CPI data) and recent events.
    • High-quality, high-frequency, engaging and interactive online dashboards of Canadian business indicators.
    • Recurrent, in-depth analysis of Statistics Canada’s Canadian Survey on Business Conditions providing new insights by: industry; geography; company size and age; ownership; and global business activities.
    • Creating and overseeing a new series of BDL Business Insights reports and policy briefs focused on identifying significant future business growth opportunities, key obstacles and policies to realize Canada’s full economic potential, as well as in-depth analysis of the impact of ad hoc economic shocks on Canadian businesses.
  • Planning, directing and overseeing the work of others to ensure that all external BDL research outputs are of high-quality and relevant to Canadian business and public policy.
  • In addition to managing others, you will also act as an individual contributor on a variety of research projects as well as a presenter at economic conferences and spokesperson with stakeholders at high-profile events and in the media.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience, including recently developing and managing a successful longer-term economic research program.
  • Master’s or PhD degree in relevant disciplines, such as Economics, Business, Finance or Public Policy.
  • Significant demonstrated prior work experience developing interesting, relevant and researchable questions, and applying sophisticated data analysis (both independently and leading teams) using a variety of software packages (such as R, Python, Microsoft Azure platform, STATA, SPSS, EViews, Power BI, Tableau, Excel, Haver) with official statistics and creating innovative datasets.
  • Proven track record of impactful, accessible and policy-relevant outputs and publications.
  • Effective communicator with a demonstrated ability to:
    • deliver thoughtful oral presentations, briefings, interviews and panel discussions
    • write clearly and explain technical material to a general audience in an engaging manner
    • be a credible external spokesperson, who has a public profile and engages on traditional and social media to disseminate research findings and insights
  • Analytical, logical thinker with meticulous attention to detail and quality outputs.
  • Highly-organized, ability to operate in a fast-paced work environment on multiple concurrent projects, while hitting deadlines and delivering results.
  • Team-player who actively leverages teammates’ strengths and has a strong desire to learn and grow your skills
  • Ability to work independently and to know when to consult with colleagues and your leader for input and direction
  • Keen interest in and knowledge of Canadian business, economics and public policy issues
  • Experience working in bilingual (English and French) environments and ability to work in both official languages is preferred

Asset Qualifications

  • Experience monitoring and forecasting the Canadian economy and business conditions
  • Experience leading private sector engagement and company outreach
  • Ability to conduct mapping and geo-spatial analysis to generate location-specific insights
  • Git/GitHub functionality and project workflow experience

Base Salary: $110,000 – $115,000 based on experience.

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 send all information to


1) Updated CV and a cover letter describing why you are a great fit for this position;

2) one recent research publication you produced that illustrates your skillset; and

3) one shorter summary you wrote about a longer research project (e.g. blog or executive summary) or data tool (e.g. dashboard)