Connecting Stats, Stories and People
To mark Statistics Canada's 100th anniversary throughout 2018, this blog will feature stories of leaders and change-makers that have impacted the world of statistics. This special series of blog articles will include profiles on Jean Talon, Robert H. Coats and Agatha Chapman, among others. For more information about our program of activities to mark our Centennial, visit One Hundred Years and Counting.
When Jean Talon, the first Intendant of New France, arrived on the shores of modern-day Canada in 1665, he faced many daunting challenges. Yet, over his five-year tenure, the population climbed from 3,200 to 7,600—thanks, in part, to his realization that in order to develop the colony, he would need to better understand it. So, in the winter of 1665, Talon began his administrative appointment by taking stock of the colony, subsequently using knowledge gained from the 1666 Census—the first in North America—to help it flourish.
In 2017, Statistics Canada joined the chorus of federal government institutions and the millions of Canadians from across the country who came together for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. To celebrate, the agency organized an ambitious year-long program of activities and events. Our theme—Telling Canada's story in numbers—celebrates the role that Statistics Canada has played in chronicling the lives of Canadians throughout the country's history.
An environmental economist, energy enthusiast and passionate advocate for good environmental policy, Dr. Andrew J. Leach wears many hats, and that’s just to name a few. In addition to his role as an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Business, he also writes a popular energy, climate and oil sands blog, and has some 16,000 followers on Twitter—an unexpected surge in interest after what began as an easy way to communicate with students.