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Annual Canadian Economics Association conference hosted at StFX is huge success

June 23rd, 2017
Robin Brace presents her undergraduate thesis at the conference

Almost 700 delegates from across the country converged on StFX June 2-4, 2017 to attend the 51st Annual Canadian Conference of the Canadian Economics Association, the first time the event was held outside a large urban area.

And thanks to the tireless efforts of conference organizers, StFX faculty, students and alumni, some of the world’s greatest thinkers left feeling it was well worth the trip to StFX.

"I've attended every CEA conference since 1970, and this was hands-down the best,” one conference veteran remarked in feedback.

“I feel really lucky to have been working here this summer otherwise I wouldn't have been able to be a part of such an amazing conference,” said StFX economics student Mackenzie Pazos. “It was intimidating sitting in a room with 700 people that have PhDs but once that wore off it was really exciting to work the conference. StFX proved the perfect place to hold a conference of this magnitude, and I think the economics department at our school has so much to be proud of.”  

“Delegates were amazed at the quality of our facilities, but were even more impressed by the quality of our people,” says conference leader and StFX Department of Economics chair, Dr. Greg Tkacz.

Valuable information, learning and sharing of experiences took place at the CEA conference, but it was the dedication by StFX administration, faculty, staff, and students that really brought the conference to a new level, he added.

“We also had two StFX alumni travel here from Ottawa and Washington, D.C. to help volunteer at the conference,” said Dr. Tkacz. “That’s dedication.”

In another coup, two of this year's StFX economics graduates were selected to present their work at the first CEA undergraduate poster session.

Only 11 of 30 submissions from across the country were accepted for this honour, said Dr. Tkacz.

StFX Gerald Schwartz School of Business grad Maria teNyenhuis, who graduated in May with joint honours in business and economics, and is starting a job at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa later this month, won the Best Undergraduate Paper Award at the event.  

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