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July 16 - The Socioeconomics of COVID-19



Armine Yalnizyan (PDF)

Kalin McCluskey (PDF) 

COVID-19 has hit certain demographic groups harder than others, including women, youth and low-wage employees. Some of these, particularly Indigenous people and communities, were vulnerable before COVID-19.


This panel discussion highlights how COVID-19 has had disproportionate economic effects on particular sociodemographic groups and how we ensure these populations are included in the recovery.

Moderator: David Chaundy, APEC President & CEO

About the panelists

Armine Yalnizyan 
Fellow on the Future of Workers
Atkinson Foundation

Armine Yalnizyan is a leading voice in Canada’s economic scene. Currently the Atkinson Foundation’s Fellow on the Future of Workers, she served as the Senior Economic Policy Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada from 2018 to 2019. She led projects at the Mowat Centre, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy and the Government of Canada’s Policy Horizons in 2017 and 2018. She helped design and advance the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Inequality Project from 2006 to 2016.


Armine became known for her weekly business commentaries on CBC radio and TV from 2011 to 2018, with hosts Kevin O’Leary, Amanda Lang, and Matt Galloway. She is published in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, the Toronto Star and the National Post.


Armine was Vice President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics from 2013-2017 and President until 2019.


Armine has a Masters of Industrial Relations from University of Toronto and a bilingual honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Glendon College, York University and the Université de Bordeaux, France.


Kalin McCluskey
Executive Director
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations


Kalin is an east-coast transplant with a passion for federal politics and policy. No stranger to post secondary education, she holds: a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of New Brunswick; a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Religious Studies from St Thomas University; a Master of Arts in Public Ethics from St Paul University and the University of Ottawa; and is now completing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Throughout her formal education, Kalin has been involved with advocacy organizations and campaigns at both the local and national level. Her experience and interest in advocacy and campaigns have lead to work experience with both advocacy organizations and as an exempt staffer in federal politics.

Outside of work and school, Kalin can be found exploring Ottawa, enduring the occasional road race, or chatting in cafes.


Terry Richardson
Pabineau First Nations


Terry Richardson is a member of Pabineau First Nation, a small community located on the outskirts of Bathurst NB. Upon graduation from high school, Terry joined the Canadian Forces in 1984.  He served 25 years in the military and did four tours of service. During this time, he also took college programs at various schools in Canada - including Seneca College and NSCC. Terry served a tour in the Gulf War in 1991, Bosnia in 1998, Afghanistan in 2008 and again in 2009. Upon retirement from the Canadian Forces, Terry  was offered a position in the First Nation in Capital Construction.  He later moved on to become a Mik Mauq Benefits Manager for Trevali Mining.  In 2012, Terry was elected councilor in Pabineau. He served as Councilor, but declined a salary for the position, as he remained employed by Trevali.  In April 2020 Terry won the election of Chief of the Pabineau First Nation. Upon election, he resigned his position with Trevali.

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