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[We're hiring] Economist/Senior Economist

Date: November 2, 2021

Economist or Senior Economist

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), Atlantic Canada’s foremost independent economic research organization, is looking to expand, strengthen and diversify its team of researchers.

From COVID-19 to demographics, digitalization to global value chains, the environment to inclusive growth, APEC is on the forefront of analysing the most important issues for Atlantic Canada’s economy. Check out our recent publications, webinars and presentations on our website.


  • Research. Plan and conduct research on Atlantic Canada’s economy, including research interviews, surveys and other data analysis.
  • Analyse. Identify the story in the data, what it means and what we can do about it.
  • Engage. Talk to data and subject matter experts, industry leaders and policy makers, and APEC members to learn and share relevant information and research findings.
  • Communicate. Write content for our member-only publications and draft research reports. Present our research findings to business and policy audiences and conduct media interviews.
  • Lead. Manage research projects. Take increasing responsibility to originate new proposals and funded research projects. Eventually, provide oversight of our economic research and analysis.

The APEC Advantage

Working at APEC provides several unique benefits. These characteristics of the role will help you decide if APEC is the right fit for you.

  • Discover the insights and develop the ideas that will support a healthy, inclusive, and sustainable Atlantic Canadian economy.
  • Contribute to multiple published reports and projects that address a wide range of economic policy issues.
  • Present to and engage with external economists, business leaders and government officials.
  • Work with other experienced researchers and help equip the next generation of APEC economists.
  • Be a critical member of a small, close-knit, highly-regarded team where everything we do has to provide value to our members, research funders, and event attendees.

Experience Needed

We need someone with a proven track record who can demonstrate they have provided insightful and relevant economic analysis, can write clearly and succinctly for non-economists, is a solid and effective communicator and understands how to provide value to clients.

Ideally, we are looking for an economist with 3-5 years relevant experience who would be able to move into a senior economist role within 1-2 years, or an economist with 5-7 years experience who would be able to quickly transition into a leadership role as a senior economist with APEC.

Required Skills and Qualifications

We think economics and rely on quantitative and qualitative data for our insights. Your capacity to analyse data as an economist is foundational for everything we do.

  • Masters degree in economics, with an ability to apply economic principles to new topics and data.
  • High level of numeracy, research and analytical capabilities.
  • High degree of computer proficiency, especially MS Excel and PowerPoint.

Almost everything we do is published, presented or posted on social media. Your ability to identify the story the data are telling us, communicate that story clearly and succinctly, and to explain what it means for businesses and governments, is essential for our mission.

  • Ability to write clear, concise, and useful economic reports for non-economists.
  • Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present to business and policy audiences and respond to media.
  • A candidate with professional bilingual (English/French) capacity is highly sought after to help APEC expand its reach to francophone media and audiences.

We are a small, highly interdependent team. What you do counts. So does our reputation as a trusted source of insights.

  • Attention to detail and an ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Easy to get along with, enjoy working closely with others, and willing to contribute to the team.
  • Knowledge of economic development and policy in Atlantic Canada is extremely important. A commitment to quickly become a regional expert on Atlantic Canada’s economy is essential.

We need someone who can demonstrate their potential to transition into a leadership role within our research team.

  • Capable of managing research projects to meet project goals on time and within budget.
  • Able to edit and provide feedback on the work of others to ensure high standards of accuracy, relevance, clarity and brevity, that is grounded in economic principles and solid analysis, appropriately positioned for our audience, and consistent with APEC’s brand guidelines.
  • Entrepreneurial nature with ability to identify opportunities to leverage and grow our capacity to provide value to our clients, exercise sound judgement and be able to lead new initiatives.


APEC’s research team has traditionally been based in its Halifax office. However, this position is open to anyone able to live and work within an easy commute of any of the major Atlantic cities in which we hold events (Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Charlottetown and St. John’s). Remote employees are required to videoconference on a weekly basis and meet with APEC’s team in Halifax on a regular basis.

Term and Salary

APEC offers a competitive salary which will reflect your skills, experience and ability to add value to our work.APEC offers a health benefits package and a matched contribution group RRSP plan for permanent employees. Flexible work arrangements can be negotiated in accordance with APEC’s employee policies and APEC would be open to a secondment option.

Applicants should send a merged cover letter and resume, clearly indicating how they meet the above requirements, by4pm AT, Nov. 22, 2021to hr@apec-econ.cawith Subject Line: Economist


The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) is the source for independent research, insights and ideas vital to supporting a healthy, inclusive and sustainable Atlantic Canadian economy. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit learn more about our values and our research activities and events. We would like to thank all those who apply for this position but only those under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

APEC provides a work environment that supports equality, teamwork, fairness and respect among all employees. All employment decisions are made without consideration of age, colour, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, family status, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, political belief, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or source of income.


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