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July 15, 2021 – The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario and the C.D. Howe Institute have teamed up to provide six paid internships to promising students and graduates of policy, economics and communications programs this summer.

These six promising scholars will work alongside the C.D. Howe Institute’s Research and Communications teams and contribute their skills and perspectives to the Institute’s policy work and communications outreach.

“My colleagues and I at the C.D. Howe Institute are delighted by this initiative,” said Bill Robson, CEO. “We look forward to working with the Policy Interns, and commend IMCO on its support for recent graduates at this critical early stage in their careers.”

This year’s IMCO Policy Interns are:

Mawakina Bafale – Mawakina is working towards his Masters in Economics at the Université de Montréal, and will work on projects related to the future economic relationship between Canada and China.

Ji-Yoon Han – A Masters of Public Policy (Economics and Statistics Stream) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Ji-Yoon will be involved in updating the Institute’s work on how different policies affect innovation performance across countries.

Amira Higazy – Amira is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations. She will contribute to a project on career prospects for youth post-pandemic.

Jolene Hunt – Jolene has just completed her MA in Economics at Ryerson University, and also has years of experience in marketing positions. She will be involved in translating data for use in graphic and interactive visualizations for the web.

Ivannia Irawan – A recent graduate with an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto, Ivannia will assist in updating the Institute’s demographic projection model.

Alexander Vanderhoof – A recent Masters in Economics graduate from the University of Toronto, Alexander will conduct research on the types of investments needed so that Canada can achieve the ambitious plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

“The IMCO interns joining us have an outstanding array of talents,” commented Daniel Schwanen, Vice President, Research. “They will enhance the C.D. Howe Institute’s ability to address the policy challenges facing Canada. It is a pleasure to welcome them to the team.”

“Our IMCO interns will also add to the Institute’s capabilities of creating graphics to ensure good policy ideas resonate with the public,” added Ben Dachis, Director of Public Affairs.

About IMCO: The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) manages $73.3 billion of assets on behalf of its clients. IMCO’s mandate is to provide broader public sector institutions with investment management services, including portfolio construction advice, better access to a diverse range of asset classes and sophisticated risk management capabilities. IMCO is an independent organization, operating at arm’s length from government and guided by a highly experienced and professional Board of Directors. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @imcoinvest.

About the C.D. Howe Institute: The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. Widely considered to be Canada’s most influential think tank, the Institute is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review.