Connecting Stats, Stories and People
To mark Statistics Canada's 100th anniversary throughout 2018, this blog featured stories of leaders and change-makers that have impacted the world of statistics. This special series included profiles on Jean Talon, Robert H. Coats and Agatha Chapman, among others. For more information about how we marked our centennial, visit One Hundred Years and Counting.
Dr. Jack Jedwab, President of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration (CIIM), seemed destined for a future in Econometrics—that is, until a course in economic history sparked what would become a life-long interest in a topic he had yet to explore. Dr. Jedwab quickly realized that his affinity for visualizing and understanding most things in numbers could also be applied to the study of history.
For more than 25 years, Nora Spinks has applied a "family lens" to study a variety of topics related to diversity and the reality of family life in Canada, from education, housing and healthcare to cultural and structural dynamics in the workplace. In her current role as Chief Executive Officer at The Vanier Institute of the Family in Ottawa, she leads a team that seeks to understand the diversity of families and complexity of family life.
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