Yves Giroux was appointed by the Governor in Council to serve as Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), effective September 4, 2018.
Mr. Giroux entered the federal public service in 1995. Over the course of his 23-year career, he assumed progressively senior level positions and increased responsibilities, joining the executive ranks in 2003.
Mr. Giroux has in-depth tax, fiscal and financial, and social policy knowledge and expertise, and considerable experience with stakeholder relations, and the management of large teams and multi-million dollar budgets. For more than 20 years, he has been closely involved in the federal Budget process in various capacities and is highly regarded as an expert on federal budget making and the Government’s expenditure system.
Since 2015, Mr. Giroux has been serving as Assistant Commissioner and Chief Data Officer, Strategy and Integration Branch, with the Canada Revenue Agency. Prior to this, he was Director, Operations, Liaison Secretariat for Macroeconomic Policy at the Privy Council Office, for four years. From 2005 to 2011, he served as Director and Senior Chief, Social Policy Division, Finance Canada.
Mr. Giroux is a graduate of the Université de Montreal, where he earned a Master’s and a Bachelor degree, both in Economics.. He is married with two children: an adult daughter and a teenage son.
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 is an Economic Analyst 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).
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.
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.
Robert Behrend is a Financial Analyst on the Costing and Budgetary Analysis team. Prior to joining PBO, Robert worked at Employment and Social Development Canada in the Canada Student Loans Program and at the Department of Finance Canada in the Federal-Provincial Relations Division.
Robert holds an MA in Economics from Carleton University, and a BSc in Mathematics from Brock University.
Étienne just completed a master’s degree in economics at the University of Toronto, and has a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Laval University. He participated in an internship with the economic and fiscal analysis team at the Caisse de depot et Placement du Québec (CDPQ).
Govindadeva Bernier is a Financial Advisor-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 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.
Tessa Devakos is a research assistant with the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer. She recently completed a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Victoria, and had previously interned at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
Kristina Grinshpoon is an Economic Analyst on the Economic and Fiscal Analysis team. Prior to joining the PBO, Kristina worked at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in social policy development. Prior to ESDC, Kristina worked as an Economist at the Ontario Ministry of Finance in fiscal policy and economic forecasting.
Kristina holds an MA in Economics from the University of Ottawa and a BA in Economics and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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.
Raphaël Liberge-Simard is a Economic Analyst at the Office of the PBO. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a Teaching Assistant at HEC Montréal and as a Research Assistant at the Bank of Canada’s International Economic Analysis Department.
Raphaël has a master’s degree in applied economics from HEC Montréal and a joint bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Laval University.
Sarah MacPhee is an economic analyst with the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer. She recently completed her Master’s of Arts in Economics degree from Queen’s University, and from St. Francis Xavier University she holds an Honours BA in Economics and an Honours BBA in Finance.
Sarah previously worked at the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canada Revenue Agency.
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 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.
Sloane Mask is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Acting Director of Parliamentary Relations, Outreach and Planning. Prior to joining the PBO, she worked with various Parliamentary entities and departments of the Government of Canada, including the Library of Parliament, The Senate, Statistics Canada and The Bank of Canada.
Sloane holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA).
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.
Nora Nahornick is an Economic Analyst with the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (OPBO). Nora holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and a BSc Specialization in Mathematics and Finance from the University of Alberta.
Prior to joining the OPBO, Nora worked in public equities.
Caroline Nicol is an Economic Analyst with the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (OPBO). Caroline completed a Master’s degree in economics at the University of Toronto and also has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Concordia University.
Caroline previously worked in telecommunications and industry.
Christopher is a Financial Analyst on the Costing and Budgetary Analysis team. Prior to joining the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Christopher worked as an Operations Research Scientist at the Department of National Defence. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Queen’s University.
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 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.
Tiberiu Scutaru previously worked as macro research analyst in the International Monetary Fund’s European Department where he worked in several units that covered the Scandinavian and the CESEE economies. Prior to the IMF, he worked in development consulting contributing to reports on use of mobile money in Côte d’Ivoire (for IFC), access to finance in Sub-Saharan region (for GIZ) and on mobilization of remittances in Moldova (for ILO and IOM). He has also worked in commercial banking with Société Générale in Moldova and in academia in the US and Moldova (teaching courses in economics and business).
Tiberiu has a PhD and a MA in Economics from American University, a M. Sc. in EU Business and Law from Aarhus University (prev. Aarhus School of Business) and a BA in Political Science/Public Policy from Bucharest University.
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 is Director of Fiscal Analysis. Trevor began working at PBO as an analyst in 2012. He has also worked at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and in the federal public service, including positions at the Privy Council Office, Finance Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat.
Trevor holds a Master's degree (Economics) from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor's degree (Economics) from the University of Winnipeg. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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 PhD in Economics from the University of York, United Kingdom.
Diarra Sourang is a financial analyst with the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer. Most recently she worked at the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario in the Financial Analysis team. Previously, she was employed as an economic analyst at TD Economics, and at the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Diarra has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance from CESAG Management School, and an MA in Economics from Laval University. She holds the Professional Risk Manager (PRM™) Designation.
Varun is a recent graduate from the International Economics program at the University of British Columbia. He has had experience in management consulting, impact investing, microfinance and advertising.
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 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 E. Watson is the Human Resources Analyst for Staffing and Classification. Prior to joining the PBO, Ryan worked in the private sector as a HR leader responsible for recruitment, talent acquisition and training for various leading international companies.
Nigel Wodrich is a Research Assistant with the PBO. Prior to joining the PBO, Nigel worked with the Jean-Luc Pépin Research Chair and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) on economic and fiscal analysis.
Nigel has a B.Soc.Sc. (Economics and Political Science) from the University of Ottawa and has studied philosophy, politics, and economics at SciencesPo Paris.
Xiaoyi Yan is Director of Budgetary Analysis. Prior to joining the PBO, she worked in various policy departments and agencies including the last 6 years at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada as Director of Policy Research. She also worked at Health Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Canada Revenue Agency and Statistics Canada in various capacities responsible for research and analysis.
Xiaoyi holds a PhD in Economics from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.