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Productivity Partnership's Fall newsletter!

December 7, 2017 | NEWSLETTER

In this newsletter:

  • New funded projects
  • Explore possibilities with CDER datasets
  • Have an idea for a project on productivity? Apply for funding!
  • Dataset Highlight: Canadian Synthetic Business Data
  • Call for Papers!
  • News Highlights!
  • Students activities
  • Research activities
  • Past events
  • Need support to attend a conference?

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'Explaining Canada’s Post-2000 Productivity Performance' Conference

November 8, 2017 | CALL FOR PAPERS

The Centre for the Study of Living Standards, in collaboration with the Productivity Partnerships, issued a call for papers for the conference to be held in association with the annual meeting of the Canadian Economics Association, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec June 1-3, 2018.

Details on the motivation for the conference, the issues on which papers are sought, and the submission procedures are found in the call for papers. The deadline for proposals is February 2, 2018.

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Job opportunity: Research and Knowledge Translation Assistant

October 16, 2017 | EMPLOYMENT

We are currently looking to hire a Research and Knowledge Translation Assistant

Job Description Schedule 10 hours per week

Education level current undergraduate or graduate student

Duration fall & winter employment with significant possibility of full-time in the summer

Career level Some office experience

Hourly rate $16

We are currently seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team as a research and knowledge translation assistant for the Productivity Partnership/Partenariaet productivité. This project is headed by Dr. Mike Veall in the Department of Economics. The Partnership is a SSHRC-funded research project made up of a team of experts from the academic, private and public sectors studying Canada’s productivity performance using Canadian data, mostly at the firm or workplace level. Under the direction and supervision of the research coordinator, the research and knowledge translation assistant supports the development and implementation of research information into easily-accessible formats. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following representative tasks:

  1. Assisting with the creation and updating of website, e-newsletter and social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) content
  2. Reading research papers and summarizing in plain-language
  3. Assisting with the coordination of events

Qualified candidates must be:

  • A current undergraduate or graduate student at a post-secondary school
  • Ability to write in English; comfortable copying and pasting French
  • Knowledge of economic principles

Additional job requirements

  • Ability write in a clear and concise way to relay complicated research information to the general population
  • Maturity, professional and good judgement
  • Excellent attention to detail and a high level of organization are essential to this position, as is ability to organize files electronically and working in a paperless office
  • Comfortable working with a computer, internet and MS Office Suite – particularly Excel and Word as well as learning new software
  • The ability to problem solve and take initiative
  • A keen self-starter with the ability to manage time effectively and complete tasks on time

Desirable assets of successful candidates include:

  • Creativity in thinking, problem solving and design
  • Understanding of visual display of information
  • Previous experience communicating complex issues to a general audience
  • Previous experience updating websites and/or creating multi-media content
  • Previous experience using Twitter for business/professional use
  • Previous experience using LinkedIn’s group feature
  • Comfortable learning new software or technology (to create knowledge translation pieces)

Deadline The position will be posted until filled.

How to apply - for work study students

Please apply through Mosaic. It's the student’s responsibility to apply for and show proof of Work Study Eligibility to be considered for this vacancy. Proof of eligibility can be found on your “TO DO LIST” on the Mosaic Student Centre Profile.

How to apply - For non-work study students

Please email applications (updated cover letter and resume) in .pdf format to Angela Di Nello, .

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Employment Equity 

McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).

Summer 2017 Newsletter

August 31, 2017 | NEWSLETTER

Since our last newsletter, we’ve continued to fund new projects, plan and host events, and grow our digital and social media presence. We’ve also welcomed several new members to the team.

We are pleased to announce that the Productivity Partnership website is live, as are our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Connect with us and stay up-to-date with our latest news, event details, and more!

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Winter 2017 Newsletter

February 17, 2017 | NEWSLETTER

The Partnership is a team of experts from the academic, private and public sectors looking for an answer to Canada’s productivity performance using Canadian data from the firm or workplace level.

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy with, among other things, funding projects,planning events and talking with the media.

Over the next six years of the project, we’ll be continuing to in these endeavors and more and will be using various tools such as enewsletters, Twitter, and website (still in development) to communicate and engage.

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Finding a solution to the productivity puzzle

September 20, 2016 | MEDIA

For the next six years, economist Mike Veall will be leading a team of experts from the academic, private and public sectors down a path of research not yet taken in search of an answer to Canada’s poor productivity performance.

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