Meet the LMIC Staff
Tony Bonen, PhD
Director, Research, Data and Analytics
Tony Bonen is a seasoned economist with over 10 years of experience in policy and quantitative analyses. His previous research focused on labour and retirement security, the economics of climate change and panel data econometrics. Prior to joining LMIC, Tony led the development and integration of CMHC’s Economic Capital and stress testing models. Previously, he worked at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and CSR Europe. Tony holds a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research and an MA in International Political Economy from the Brussels School of International Studies.
Senior Advisor, Operations
Cheryl Pauls is the Senior Advisor, Operations with over 15 years experience working in the non-profit sector. She is a highly versatile and skilled member of the LMIC team and she oversees issues related to governance, human resources, IT and finance. Cheryl goes above and beyond to keep LMIC focused and organized to deliver on its mission and strategic goals. Before joining LMIC, Cheryl worked at the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, most recently as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors where she was a key player in ensuring oversight of board governance. As Development Coordinator Cheryl was responsible for developing and managing the Foundation’s Annual Giving and Special Events programs.
Nadine Purdy joins LMIC as the Communications Strategist with over eight years experience in communications and graphic design. Nadine’s role is to work collaboratively by supporting the development of communication products that make labour market information more accessible to Canadians, stakeholders, and partners. Before joining the team, Nadine worked for the Government of Nunavut, Department of Health as the Manager of Communications leading internal and external communications initiatives. Nadine holds a Bachelor of Design from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and is working towards her MPR in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU).
Behnoush Amery is a labour economist with extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative analyses using a variety of survey and administrative datasets. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo and M.A. from the University of Concordia. Her previous research includes the economics of education and job-related training, as well as employment insurance, social assistance and labour market status of immigrants and women in Canada. Prior to joining LMIC, Behnoush worked in the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
Emna Braham joins LMIC as an Economist to assess the current state of labour market information in Canada and conduct forward-looking research in collaboration with stakeholders. Prior to joining LMIC, Emna was a manager at CIDE, a consulting firm supporting governments and international agencies in the field of economic development, education and workforce development. In her role at CIDE, she planned, designed and carried out a number of research projects related to labour market issues including developing several skills forecasting models and supporting the implementation of labour market observatories. She has supported collaboration among government partners, associations and employer groups in the field of labour market information collection, analysis and dissemination.
Young Jung joins LMIC as an Economist with a background in health economics, health policy, and labour economics. Prior to joining LMIC, Young has been involved with quantitative research projects, using longitudinal administrative datasets with a focus on cancer patients and their labour outcomes. He holds a Masters of Arts in Economics and Ph.D. in health economics from McMaster University.
As an Economist with LMIC, Bolanle Alake-Apata contributes to the planning, designing and execution of research projects in several complex areas related to labour market issues. She brings experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research from her previous research and analytic roles with Startup Canada and McMaster University. Bolanle is a board executive of the Ottawa Economics Association and actively participates in promoting its events and managing its social media presence.
As an economist with LMIC, Anthony Mantione contributes to advancing LMIC’s mandate through the application of computational techniques to data analysis. Leveraging his previous experience working in health care and education, Anthony conducts research into a variety of labour related issues that facilitate evidence-based decision-making. Anthony ’s prior research projects include an investigation of the relationship between cultural connectedness and personal income for Métis people in Canada, and an exploration into how the health status of Indigenous people in Canada might be affected by use of the internet to conduct health information searches. Anthony is also a member of the Canadian Economic Association.
Elba Gomez Navas
Elba Gomez Navas joins LMIC as an Economist with a background in labour economics, public policy and data science. Prior to joining LMIC, Elba worked at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a research fellow for the Data Science for Social Good and a labour economics research assistant. She has previously assisted in research exploring the link between structural transformation and technological change, employing US Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net data to develop occupational IT intensity scores. She also has experience working at the US Consulate in Vancouver and at the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Elba holds a BA in Economics from UBC and an MSc in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).
Digital Media Coordinator
Janik Bastide joins LMIC as the Digital Media Coordinator to plan for, engage with and manage the online social communities. Janik has a background in journalism, communications and Indigenous studies. Prior to joining LMIC, Janik worked as the Editor for a national leading Indigenous organization, advocating for the rights of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women across Canada. She holds a BA in Communication and Indigenous Studies from the University of Ottawa, and a Journalism Diploma from Algonquin College.