2024 Eric J. Hanson Lecture


The 2024 Eric J. Hanson Lecture is hosted by the Institute for Public Economics (IPE) and the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta.

This year's speaker is Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada (2016 - 2024)
Date: April 10, 2024
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Telus International Centre, 11104 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3

or online via Zoom

Pre-reception: 3:30 p.m. MDT
Lecture: 4:00 p.m. MDT
Reception: 5:30 p.m. MDT

About the Lecture:

Mr. Arora will share a few personal stories from his years of working as a statistician, provide a portrait of the current socioeconomic landscape of Canada, and highlight some of the major challenges and opportunities facing the national statistical system. This stimulating lecture using Statistics Canada’s data and insights will put in perspective the current key issues faced by policy makers, businesses, academics and researchers. 

About Anil Arora:

Mr. Arora is a graduate from the University of Alberta and very recently retired as a Deputy Minister and the Chief Statistician of Canada. He has had a distinguished career working in the private sector, the three levels of government, as a senior policy maker, regulator and headed up the Friends of the Chair of the future of economic statistics, Chair of the OECD’s committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy, the Chair of the Conference of European Statisticians, the International Conference of Labour Statistics, the Chair of the High Level Group on the Modernization of Official Statistics and the Vice Chair of the UN Statistical Commission. He has been named one of the top 25 immigrants in Canada, won numerous awards, including Innovator and Leader of the Year, written numerous papers and is a sought after speaker and thought leader. Anil has led significant innovations, ranging from the introduction of computer assisted interviewing, the development of multi-dimensional databases and dynamic publishing, the online census, new legislation making the statistical system more independent, new collection methodologies, cloud-computing, and the most significant modernization undertaking of the national statistical agency-Statistics Canada.