Parliamentary Budget Officer
- Sonia L’Heureux email@example.com
Sonia L’Heureux was appointed by the Governor in Council to serve as Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) on an interim basis effective March 25, 2013. In her temporary stewardship role, she is responsible for ensuring continuity of service in the delivery of the legislative mandate as outlined in the Parliament of Canada Act.
Sonia was appointed Parliamentary Librarian in June 2012. She joined the Library of Parliament in 2008, heading the Parliamentary Information and Research Service, a group of professionals providing research and reference to Senators, MPs and parliamentary committees. An economist by training, she held various public sector jobs, advising the federal government on strategic policies related to social, labour market, taxation, environmental and energy issues. These included seven years in tax policy at Finance Canada and work on several federal budgets.
Sonia has a M.Sc in Economics (1987) and a B.Sc in Economics (1986) from the Université de Montréal.
- Mostafa Askari Mostafa.Askari@parl.gc.ca
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@parl.gc.ca
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.
- Randall Bartlett Randall.Bartlett@parl.gc.ca
Randall Bartlett is an Economic Analyst on the Economic and Fiscal Analysis team. He was previously at the Department of Finance Canada where he worked for nearly six years in the Economic and Fiscal Policy, Tax Policy, and International Trade and Finance Branches, most recently as a Senior Economist in the Economic Analysis and Forecasting Division.
Randall has an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto, an Honours BA in Mathematical Economics from the University of Guelph, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charter holder.
- Patricia Brown Patricia.Brown@parl.gc.ca
Patricia Brown is the Administrative Coordinator to the PBO. She has worked in various administrative capacities over the years and has worked more than 20 years on Parliament Hill.
- Scott Cameron Scott.Cameron@parl.gc.ca
Scott Cameron is an Economic 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@parl.gc.ca
Jason Jacques is Director, Budget, Estimates and Reporting. Prior to joining the PBO, Jason 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 Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder.
- Sahir Khan Sahir.Khan@parl.gc.ca
Sahir Khan is Assistant PBO, Expenditure and Revenue Analysis. He is responsible for leading the analysis of proposed government expenditures, including budget and off-cycle. Specifically, he leads a team responsible for providing parliamentarians with business decision support analysis; financial due diligence on major policy and operational initiatives; and, assessment of the performance of government expenditures.
Sahir came to the PBO from the Privy Council Office (PCO) where he provided the Prime Minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council with analysis and advice on budget, economic, tax and expenditure management issues. Prior to PCO, he was a director at the Treasury Board Secretariat where he led an analytical team engaged in the due diligence and oversight of major projects and fiscal pressures. Professionally, Sahir is a turnaround and restructuring specialist having joined the public sector in 2004 from New York-based RKG Osnos Partners LLC (c.k.a. Deloitte CRG), where he was a Managing Director. He also worked with Deloitte Consulting’s New York office and has led turnarounds in manufacturing, technology, real estate and consumer products.
Sahir has a B.Comm. from Queen’s University and an MBA (finance) from Columbia University (New York).
- Helen Lao HaiYun.Lao@parl.gc.ca
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.
- Chris Matier Chris.Matier@parl.gc.ca
Chris Matier is Senior Director, Economic and Fiscal Analysis and Forecasting. He was previously at the Department of Finance Canada where he worked for 14 years in the Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch, most recently as Senior Chief in the Economic Analysis and Forecasting Division.
Chris has a Master's degree and an Honours BA in Economics from Queen's University.
- Jocelyne Scrim Jocelyne.Scrim@parl.gc.ca
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@parl.gc.ca
Trevor Shaw is a Financial Analyst on the Expenditure and Revenue 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@parl.gc.ca
Rod Story is a Financial Advisor 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.
- Jessica Strauss Jessica.Strauss@parl.gc.ca
Jessica Strauss is a Financial Advisor on the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team and is responsible for providing analysis on policy costing. Born and raised in Ottawa, Jessica joined the PBO from Environment Canada where she served as a negotiator on international carbon markets and tracked Canada’s international climate change finance. Jessica has previously worked as a consultant for both private sector firms and non-governmental agencies in Canada, India, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In Ottawa, Jessica teaches economics at Carleton University and serves on the Jewish Family Services board. Jessica holds a BArch in Architecture from Cornell University. She also holds an MSc from New York University and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management.
- Peter Weltman Peter.Weltman@parl.gc.ca
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@parl.gc.ca
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
- Sirat Aman Sirat.Aman@parl.gc.ca
Sirat Aman is a law student working with the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team at the PBO. He is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor Degree in Common Law at the University of Ottawa. Sirat also holds an Honours BSc in Biological Sciences and a BA in Political Science from the University of Windsor.
- Jason Stanton Jason.Stanton@parl.gc.ca
Jason Stanton is a student working with the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team at the PBO. He recently completed his undergraduate degree in International Business at Carleton University, with a concentration in International Investment, Finance and Banking. He also has a Minor in French, and has studied abroad at Université Paris-Dauphine.