Faculty briefs

  • FASSCarleton Historian shares expertise with Statistics Canada

    History Professor and business historian Duncan McDowall has been commissioned by Statistics Canada to write a history of Canada’s system of national accounts. Evolving since World War II, the system of national accounts has helped policy-makers, business and Canadians at large measure and evaluate national economic performance using concepts such as the gross national product. “The average Canadian may have difficulty comprehending the intricacies of this economic art,” says McDowall, “but I would suggest that there is broad trust in its outcomes. We all tend to measure our own economic citizenship against the yardsticks set down by our system of national accounts.” Drawing on archives and interviews, McDowall will have a book manuscript written to convey his findings in terms accessible to the general reading public ready in mid-2006. A winner of the National Business Book Award, McDowall has also won prizes for his journalistic writing. McDowall’s position as a Senior Research Fellow at Statistics Canada carries on a long Carleton connection with Ottawa public administration. For example, the current Chief Statistician of Canada, Ivan Fellegi is a Carleton graduate, and Professor Emeritus of Economics, T.K. Rymes also worked in national accounts at Statistics Canada.

  • PAM Pamela Wallin to deliver Dick, Ruth, and Judith Bell lecture

    The Dick, Ruth and Judith Bell lecture is delivered annually by a distinguished person who has contributed to the political or public life of Canada, and focuses around the discussion of a modern or historical political subject. Respected journalist Pamela Wallin will give this year’s lecture on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Southam Hall. Earlier that same day, Wallin will deliver the keynote address at the Alumni Leadership Luncheon at the Rideau Club.

    From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-10/522.htm

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