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 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

Mostafa Askari

Mostafa Askari is Deputy Parliamentary Budget Officer.  He leads 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.

Nasreddine Ammar

Nasreddine Ammar is a research assistant with the PBO. Prior to this, he worked as a research assistant at Laval University’s Centre de recherche en économie de l’environnement, de l’agroalimentaire, des transports et de l’énergie (CREATE) and as an economist at the Quebec Ministry of Finance.

Nasreddine is currently completing a PhD in economics at Laval University and holds a Master’s in agriculture, food and rural development (A2D2) from the Institut national d’études supérieures agronomiques (Montpellier SupAgro) in Montpellier, France, and an engineering degree in rural economics from the Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie (INAT).

Philip Bagnoli

Prior to joining the PBO, Philip was a Senior Economist with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in both the Environment Directorate for 6 years and the Economics Department for 8 years.  Before that Philip had been with the Economic Studies and Policy Analysis Division at the Department of Finance for 5 years, and the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC for 5 years. He has also done brief stints at the Bank of Canada and started his career in the private sector with Shell Oil.

Philip holds a PhD in economics from the University of Toronto, and an Honours BSc in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario.

Patrick Baud

Patrick Baud is a research assistant at PBO, where he focuses on legal and policy issues affecting the office’s work. Patrick has worked at Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office, the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, the C.D. Howe Institute, and MASS LBP, a Toronto public sector consultancy.

Patrick is an honours law student at McGill University. As part of his studies, he served as a law clerk to Justice Daniel W. Payette of the Superior Court of Québec. Patrick graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto, Victoria College, where he studied political science, and received a master of arts in political studies from Queen’s University.

Nancy Beauchamp

Nancy Beauchamp is the office manager for the PBO. During her 15-year career in the federal public service she has held administrative positions in a number of government departments and organizations, including Canadian Heritage, Public Works and Government Services Canada and the House of Commons.

Govindadeva Bernier

Govindadeva Bernier is a Financial Analyst. Prior to joining the PBO, he worked as an economist for Emploi-Québec at the Lanaudière Regional Office, as a Project Manager for Invest Quebec in the Tax Measures Division and as a Tax Policy Officer at the Department of Finance in the Evaluation and Research Group within the Tax Policy Branch.

Govindadeva holds an MSc in economics and a BSc in economics and finance, both from the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Scott Cameron

Scott Cameron is an advisor on the Costing and Budgetary Analysis Team.  Scott has previous experience preparing budgets in the Ontario Public Service and UK Government Economic Service. He recently returned from leave, during which he contributed to public sector financial management reform in Southeast Asia.

Scott has an MSc in economics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Martin Desrosiers-Drolet

Martin Desrosiers-Drolet is a financial analyst on the Economic and Fiscal Analysis Team. He worked at Finance Canada until very recently. Martin has also worked at Treasury Board Secretariat and Employment and Social Development Canada.

Martin holds an MA in economics from the University of Quebec in Montreal’s School of Management and a BSc in economics from the University of Montreal.

Negash Haile

Negash Haile is an intern with the Parliamentary Budget Office. He recently completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa and is currently completing a Graduate program in Economics and Public Administration. 

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).

Jason Jacques

Jason Jacques is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director of the Costing and Budgetary Analysis team. Prior to joining the PBO, he worked 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 Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA), and a CFA Charter holder.

Mark Mahabir        

Mark Mahabir is General Counsel for the PBO and Director of Policy for the Costing and Budgetary Analysis team. Prior to joining the PBO, Mark worked as an Analyst in the Library of Parliament within the Economic and Trade Policy Section where he provided assistance to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Prior to joining the Library of Parliament, Mark worked as Legal Counsel to a medical device manufacturer. 

Mark has an Honours B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo, a M.Sc. in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto, a LL.B. with a specialization in taxation from Osgoode Hall Law School and a LL.M. in Law and Technology from the University of Ottawa. Mark is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Carleigh Malanik

Carleigh Malanik is a Financial Analyst on the Costing and Budgetary 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.

Chris Matier

Chris Matier is Senior Director of Economic and Fiscal Analysis and Forecasting.  Prior to re-joining PBO in November 2014, Chris worked at the Bank of Canada as a Research Advisor in the Canadian Economic Analysis Department.  Chris was Senior Director at PBO from August 2008 to August 2013 and previously worked for 14 years at the Department of Finance Canada in the Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch, serving as Senior Chief in the Economic Analysis and Forecasting Division prior to joining PBO.  

Chris has a Master's degree and an Honours BA in Economics from Queen's University.

Tim Scholz

Tim Scholz is an Economic Advisor-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 25 years she has worked in administrative positions including municipal, non-profit, private sector business and academic environments. 

Ben Segel-Brown

Ben Segel-Brown is a lawyer working with the Costing and Budgetary Analysis team at the PBO. Ben holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Queen's University and an Honours Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management with a minor in Economics from Carleton University. Prior to joining the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, he worked as an Analyst with Statistics Canada, Environment Canada, and Transport Canada.

Trevor Shaw

Trevor Shaw is a Financial Advisor-Analyst with the Economic and Financial Analysis team. Until recently, he worked for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Trevor has also 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 a Master's degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor's degree (Honors) in Economics from the University of Winnipeg. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Binyam Solomon

Binyam Solomon is on an assignment from the Department of National Defence through Interchange Canada.  Previous appointments include Chief Economist, Department of National Defence and acting Chief Scientist at the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (DRDC).  Solomon holds a Ph D in Economics from the University of York, United Kingdom.  

Jason Stanton

Jason Stanton is a Financial Analyst on the Costing and Budgetary Analysis team. Prior to joining the PBO,  Jason worked  as an analyst at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in the Expenditure Management Sector.

Jason has an undergraduate degree in International Business from Carleton University. He has passed all three levels of the CFA Program and may be awarded the charter upon completion of the required work experience.

Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the Manager, Human Resources Services for the PBO. During her 19-year career in the federal public service, she has held various administrative, functional and managerial positions in Information Management and in Human Resources in a number of government departments, including the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (Treasury Board Secretariat) and National Defence.

Julie holds Bachelor degrees in Criminology and in Psychology from the University of Ottawa.

Ryan Watson

Ryan E. Watson is the Human Resources Analyst for Staffing and Classification. Prior to joining the PBO, he worked in the private sector as a HR leader responsible for recruitment, talent acquisition and training for various leading international companies.

Peter Weltman

Peter Weltman is the Director of Executive Services. Peter has over 25 years of experience in business management and investment analysis. He is the President of the Canadian Chapter of  the International Association of Cost Estimating and Analysis (ICEEA). Within the government, Peter has held positions of varying degrees 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.