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Parliamentary Budget Officer

Jean-Denis Fréchette

Jean-Denis Fréchette was appointed by the Governor in Council to serve as Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), effective September 3, 2013.

An economist with the Library of Parliament since 1986, Jean-Denis was recently Senior Director of the Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division of the Library’s Parliamentary Information and Research Service. During his career at the Library, Mr. Fréchette has led and supervised research and analysis activities to support the professional needs of individual parliamentarians and some 40 standing committees, in both Houses of Parliament.

Mr. Fréchette was educated at the Université de Montréal where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He also earned a Master of Science degree in economics specializing in public finance, regional development and international trade.

PBO Staff

Tejas Aivalli

Tejas Aivalli is a Research Assistant in the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team.

Prior to joining the PBO, Tejas was one of ten recent graduates to work at the Ontario legislature as part of the non-partisan Ontario Legislature Internship Programme. Tejas worked at the Institute for Government (London, UK), in the Transportation Consulting practice at Arup Canada, and as a Research Analyst, Disaster Relief, in the Ontario government. Tejas’ undergraduate thesis was on the 2007 MMP referendum in Ontario. He has presented at the Canadian Political Science Association annual conference. Tejas has researched topics such as land value taxation, socio-economic impacts of public transit, and policy options to reduce plastic bags usage. Tejas has also occasionally been in the media (The Agenda with Steve Paikin, The Globe and Mail, CBC’s Metro Morning [Toronto], Badhai Ho [OMNI TV, Toronto]). 

Tejas has an Honours BA (Distinction) in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Master of Public Administration (Public Policy and Management) from the London School of Economics, and a Master in Public Policy (Environmental and Social Policy) from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.


Mostafa Askari

Mostafa Askari is Assistant PBO, Economic and Fiscal Analysis. He is responsible for leading the development and management of a centre of expertise engaged in providing information, expert advice and analysis on emerging and current trends and the outlook regarding the national economy and the finances of the federal government. He is further responsible for developing and preparing regular reports and other documents related to economic and fiscal matters and developing responses to queries from parliamentarians and parliamentary committees on national economic and fiscal issues.

Mostafa came to the PBO from Health Canada where he held the position of Director General, Applied Research and Analysis. He previously held a number of positions at the Federal Department of Finance, including; Senior Chief, Economic Analysis; Chief, International Policy Analysis; Chief, Economic Forecasting and Chief, Model Development and Policy Analysis. He also served as a senior advisor to Canada's Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, worked at the Conference Board of Canada and taught economics at Trent University.

Mostafa has a PhD. in economics from Queen's University.

Erin Barkel

Erin Barkel is a Financial Analyst on the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team. Before joining the PBO, Erin was an Analyst at the Treasury Board Secretariat, providing policy advice on Investment Plans and Projects.

Erin has a BASc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. She is currently a candidate in the PhD in Management program at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.

Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown is the Administrative Coordinator to the PBO. She has worked in various administrative capacities over the years and has worked more than 25 years on Parliament Hill.

Scott Cameron

Scott Cameron is a Economic Advisor/Analyst on the Economic and Fiscal Analysis team.  Scott came from the Ontario Ministry of Finance, where he was Senior Tax Policy/Data Analyst with the Corporate and Commodity Taxation Branch.  Previously he was employed with the UK Government Economic Service in the Knowledge, Analysis, and Intelligence (KAI) directorate serving HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury.  

Scott has an MSc in economics from the University of Edinburgh, an Honours BA in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University, and has studied physics and mathematics at Birkbeck, University of London and computer science at the University of Toronto.  

Jason Jacques

Jason Jacques is Director, Economic and Fiscal Analysis. Prior to joining the Library of Parliament, Jason worked for over 10 years with various departments of the Government of Canada, including the Privy Council Office, Finance Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat and Bank of Canada.

Jason holds an MA in economics from Queen's University, is a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst Charter holder.

Helen Lao

Helen Lao is an Economic Analyst on the Economic and Fiscal Analysis team. Prior to joining PBO, Helen worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Toronto while completing her Master’s degree in Economics. She has conducted research on the Universal Child Care Benefit program (published by the University of British Columbia in 2010), immigration, international trade and economic development.

Helen has an MA in economics from the University of Toronto and a BA in Economics and Political Science with a minor in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

Tracy Lemieux

Tracy Lemieux is an Economic Analyst on the Economic and Fiscal Analysis team.   Tracy recently completed a similar contract term at the Bank of Canada.  Prior to completing her most recent education, she worked in Quality Assurance for a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company and lectured at two Canadian universities.  

Tracy has an MA in economics from Carleton University, an MSc in mathematics from the University of Calgary, and an Honours BA in mathematics and an Honours BMus in piano performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Duncan MacDonald

Duncan MacDonald is a Financial Analyst in the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team.   Prior to joining the PBO Duncan has held various analytical positions in private business, working in the reinsurance (FlagstoneRE) and renewable energy (Brookfield Renewable Energy) industries.

Duncan has obtained an MSc. (Statistics) from Acadia University and is currently pursuing part time studies towards an MA (Economics) at Carleton University.

Carleigh Malanik

Carleigh Malanik is a Financial Analyst on the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team.  Prior to joining PBO, Carleigh worked as an economist at Health Canada within the Applied Research and Analysis Directorate.  Previously she was employed with the Rural Secretariat at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, providing analysis on issues facing Canada’s rural and urban areas. 

Carleigh holds an MA in Economics from McMaster University, and from the University of Manitoba an Honours BA in Economics and a BA in History. 

Jean-François Nadeau

Jean-Francois is an Economic Advisor in the Economic and Fiscal Analysis team. Prior to joining the PBO, Jean-Francois worked at Finance Canada, the Bank of Canada and taught at l’École des hautes études commerciales in Montréal. He is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Ottawa. 

Jean-Francois holds a PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia.

Tim Scholz

Tim Scholz is an Economic Analyst on the Economic and Fiscal Analysis Team. Prior to joining the PBO, Tim worked at Finance Canada on international policy analysis and economic development.

Tim holds an MA in economics from the University of Guelph and a BSc (honours) in economics from the University of Windsor.

Jocelyne Scrim

Jocelyne Scrim is an administrative assistant who joined the PBO in July 2010.   Over the past 20 years she has worked in administrative positions including municipal, non-profit, private sector business and academic environments.   

Trevor Shaw

Trevor Shaw is a Financial Analyst on the Economic and Fiscal Analysis Team.  Prior to joining the PBO, Trevor worked at the Privy Council Office, Finance Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 

Trevor holds an MA in economics from the University of British Columbia, a BA (honours) in economics from the University of Winnipeg, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) candidate.

Rod Story

Rod Story is a Financial Advisor-Analyst on the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team. He joined the PBO after completing his PhD and MBA. Prior to returning to school he worked for over 20 years in telecommunications as a manager, software architect and designer. He has worked for both large and small firms and has co-founded several start-ups. He has been awarded four patents for his designs. 

Rod has a PhD in Management (Finance) and MBA from Carleton University and a BASc from the University of Waterloo.

Peter Weltman

Peter Weltman is Senior Director, Expenditure and Revenue Analysis. Peter has over 20 years of experience in business management and investment analysis. Within the government, he has held positions of varying degress of responsibility with Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Peter came to the PBO from HRSDC, where he assisted in the development and implementation of an investment management process to undertake due diligence on large departmental investments, and prior to that, worked with an analytical team at the Treasury Board Secretariat engaged in the due diligence and oversight of major government-wide projects and fiscal pressures. Prior to joining the federal government, Peter spent a number of years as an investment analyst and financial advisor and has extensive experience in small business management, having held a variety of positions with a locally-owned food retailer.

Peter has an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Tolga Yalkin

Tolga Yalkin is a Financial Advisor-Analyst on the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team. In addition to his role with the Parliamentary Budget Officer, he currently holds the position of Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa.

Tolga is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, holds an honours degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia, an honours degree in law from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Masters of the Philosophy of Law both from the University of Oxford.  

Prior to joining the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, he practiced as a solicitor in banking and financial regulation, held academic appointments at various international universities, worked under the auspices of the Attorney-General of New South Wales, was as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and chaired various NGOs.

His analytical work focuses on defence and criminal justice costing. In addition, he provides strategic and policy advice. Complementing his quantative work, he has published in areas of constitutional, administrative, international, criminal, and immigration law.

Students & Interns

Negash Haile

Negash Haile is an intern with the Parliamentary Budget Office. He recently completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa and will shortly begin a Graduate program in Economics. 

Negash has an BSocSc (Honours) in Economics from the University of Ottawa, a BA in Political Science from the University of Calgary and a Certifcat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Toulouse, France).