2nd annual National Policy Challenge

2nd annual National Policy Challenge

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Looking for new talent? SAS Canada, Statistics Canada and the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) co-sponsored the second annual National Policy Challenge. The top ten finalists, graduate students from across Canada, will present their policy and analytics projects at the SAS Government Analytics Leadership forum this year.

This is an excellent opportunity to see the next generation of analytics talent on display. For the past few months, selected finalists analyzed a policy project of their choosing with confidential microdata from Statistics Canada. Finalists will present their findings on May 12 in front of a panel of judges from the CRDCN, Statistics Canada and SAS Canada. The top three presentations will be awarded.





No Longer Hidden in the Cracks of Federalism: Data and Policy Insights on Higher Education Student Migration to Canada

Ebenezer Narh

Western University

Examining Consumer Behavior within the Canadian Cannabis Marketplace

Carter Hirschberg

York University

Association between Food Insecurity and Psychiatric Diagnoses among Youth in Ontario

Allison MacNeil

McGill University

Exploring predictors of intensity of cannabis use among Canadians: A population level analysis

Jessica Lachance

Western University

Exploring Physical Activity among Recent and Established Immigrants in Canada

Majed El Zahraa

Queen’s University

Pathways to Financial Well-being in Later Life

Kim Choong

University of Alberta

Stepping Stone or Slipping Stone: Part-time Work While on Employment Insurance

Jeffrey Hicks

University of British Columbia

Associations between diet quality and type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mortality: a nationally-representative study

Michelle Aktary

University of Calgary

Impact of child maltreatment on adolescent substance use, mental health, and justice involvement

Samantha Salmon

University of Manitoba

Substance related acute care disparities by sexual orientations: Investigating the socio-environmental determinants of risk

Celine Teo

McMaster University


Presentations will be held during the breakout sessions of the Government Analytics Leadership Forum. The specific time of each presentation will be announced shortly. For more information, please contact Lindsay.hart@sas.com.