About the NB-RDC
Where We Are38 Dineen Drive
Rm. 320, Keirstead Hall
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3
Phone: (506) 458-7240
The New Brunswick Research Data Centre (NB-RDC) is part of a Canadian research network with both a national and regional focus.
In a secure facility and equipped with 8 individual workstations, the RDC houses confidential microdata files from Statistics Canada, under the stewardship of a Statistics Canada employee.
Guided by a local RDC Management Team, and in conjunction with the Canadian Research Data Centre Network, the local policies and practices to support the Centre evolve with research needs, in a collegial and supportive environment.
Who We Are
The New Brunswick Research Data Centre operates under the direction of Dr. Ted McDonald, as Academic Director, and Ashley Calhoun, the NB-RDC analyst employed by Statistics Canada.
Dr. Ted McDonald (Academic Director)
Dr. Ted McDonald is responsible for the direction of the NB-RDC and the overall operation of the Centre. As Academic Director, he sits on the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) National Committee and is currently on the CRDCN Executive, where he is working with the rest of the committee on the next stage of the CRDCN's development. Dr. McDonald has experienced first-hand the growth of the Canadian RDC Network and with his background in economics, immigration, and population health he continues to advance the CRDCN as essential infrastructure for high-calibre research and training in the social and health sciences in Canada.
Ashley Calhoun (Analyst, Statistics Canada)
Ashley is a Statistics Canada analyst, joining the NB-RDC in 2016. Ashley's research is in the area of Population Studies, specializing in Canadian internal and international migration. Her current research interests include Aboriginal well-being and migration, the retention and attrition of individuals in Canadian cities, and the impact that migration has on individual outcomes over the life course.
Ashley enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Margaret Holland (Analyst)
Margaret joined the RDC in 2015. She has a BA and MA in economics from UNB and has also worked as a data analyst for the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT). Margaret is currently studying courses in computer programming. She is interested in health and policy research.
James Dunbar (Statistical Assistant, UNBF)
James is Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, and is a life course sociologist interested in the influence of biographical histories on life transitions and trajectories. His research chiefly explores the effects of family characteristics, structures, and events on child and youth outcomes and transitions. Methodologically, James is interested in propensity score matching analysis, sequence analysis, and hierarchical linear modelling using large datasets such as the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), Youth in Transition Survey (YITS) and the General Social Survey (GSS). James is currently developing a PhD research program that will explore the relationship between personal, family, and community secularization and its relationship with fertility and family formation of young adults in Canada and other select OECD nations.
Kyle Rogers (Statistical Assistant, UNBSJ)
Kyle has a B.A. in Psychology, a B.Sc. in Science Communications, and an M.Sc. in Public Health and Health Systems. Kyle's work focuses on the intersection of health and health systems and explores the ways in which meaningful and actionable population health information can be derived from administrative and survey data. Kyle also has deep and abiding loves for hiking, ice cream, and Star Wars.
Lauren Purdy (Statistical Assistant, UNBSJ)
NB-RDC Management Committee
Each RDC has a Management Board that represents the interests of the host university as well as those of its branches and partners both at the local area and in the RDC Network. The NB RDC Management Committee is composed of the following members:
- Dr. Ted McDonald
As the NB RDC Academic Director, Dr. McDonald chairs all meetings of the Committee.
- Dr. David Burns, UNB Vice-President (Research)
- Dr. Zhiwei Gao, Academic Director, MUN Branch
- François Vigneau, Academic Director, U de M Branch
- Dr. Lucia Tramonte, Chair, Department of Sociology, UNB
- Siobhan Hanratty, Data/GIS Librarian & Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) contact, UNB
The purpose of the Management Committee is to ensure that the local Research Data Centre carries out the vision of the Canadian RDC network of
- contributing to the quantitative expansion and qualitative improvement of research and training in social statistics in Canada
- contributing to the communication of research to the public
- improving data quality and data documentation.