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Council members will be responsible for advising the Minister and the Chief Statistician

June 25, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario

We live in a world increasingly focused on data. Now more than ever, Canadians need timely access to high-quality, high-quality statistical data produced by Statistics Canada to make evidence-based decisions.

Today, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honorable Navdeep Bains, announced the creation of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council. This Council will provide the Minister and the Chief Statistician of Canada with impartial and independent advice on issues related to the overall quality of the national statistical system in relation to the principles of the Canadian Digital Charter, which will allow Statistics Canada to remain among the best national statistical agencies in the world.

The Council will be chaired by Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Policy and Information Law at the University of Ottawa, and will consist of the following members:

Gurmeet Ahluwalia, Managing Partner, StratExLead David Chaundy, President and CEO, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council Annette Hester, Director, TheHesterView Jan Kestle, President and CEO, Environics Analytics Céline Le Bourdais, James McGill Professor in Sociology, McGill University Gail Mc Donald, Akwesasne Heritage Complex Project Designer in partnership with Saint-Regis Mohawk Tribe Howard Ramos, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dalhousie University Dr. Michael C. Wolfson, Health Consultant and former Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling Systems, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Members will use their global know-how and perspectives to offer advice on a range of issues. In particular, they will identify promising new sectors and address issues and challenges. The Council will produce an annual report on the state of the national statistical system.

These appointments are part of the Government of Canada’s new approach to Governor-in-Council appointments. This approach uses an open and transparent merit-based selection process that aims to ensure gender balance and reflect Canada’s diversity, and to assist Ministers in making recommendations regarding appointments to positions within the organization. their portfolio, providing them with information and guidance.


“Decision making in the modern economy must be based on the best evidence and the best data. The Canadian Statistics Advisory Council will play a key role in ensuring the independence of Statistics Canada and the continued relevance and effectiveness of the statistical system in Canada. – The Honorable Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“I look forward to working with the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council to continue to enhance the relevance of our world-class national statistics organization and to maintain the trust that Canadians have placed in us for more than a century. – The Chief Statistician of Canada, Anil Arora

Quick facts

Board members were chosen based on their expertise in various areas related to the national statistical system, including data privacy, the user’s perspective on data, digital technologies, and knowledge. General Assembly on Statistical Organizations.

The Chief Statistician will act as an ex-officio member of the Council.

The establishment of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council is one of the initiatives that supports Statistics Canada’s modernization to provide Canadians with high-quality data and information in a timely manner in our growing society. digital.

The Canadian Statistics Advisory Council adheres to the new Canadian Digital Charter, under which the government will ensure the ethical use of data to create value, promote openness and improve people’s lives .


Dani KeenanPress SecretaryOffice of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development343-291-1710

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