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Hannes Edinger

Hannes is an award-winning economist with specific interest in applied econometrics and data analysis. His areas of expertise include data modelling, acquisition, forecasting, and report writing. He has a broad statistical skill set in a wide variety of data types including biological, chemical, climate, behavioural, and economic data.

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Spencer Britten

Spencer Britten has worked with Big River Analytics since October 2012. Spencer is a talented economist, econometrician, and programmer who works with a wide range of technologies, from getting back to basics with FORTRAN, to creating the latest D3.js visualizations and writing R packages. 


Derek Rice

Derek holds a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Ottawa. His dissertation, which was nominated for a Governor General’s prize, focuses on evaluating the impact of Indigenous policies, including self-government agreements, on socioeconomic outcomes. He also holds a certificate as a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer with the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando). Derek has held several senior positions in government, academia, and consulting where he acted as the project lead on a diverse set of economic analysis projects involving program evaluation projects, labour market studies, cost-benefit analyses, economic impact assessments, market assessments, and resource revenue valuations. He has also lead several economic development initiatives, including facilitating strategic plans, conducting feasibility studies, directing international trade projects, and delivering entrepreneurship development programs.

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Rebecca Wortzman

Rebecca is an economist with a keen interest in the social, historic and cultural contexts in which she researches. Rebecca's MA in economics and experience working for the BC Public Service focused on the economic and social impacts of natural resource development in Indigenous communities in Canada, with a particular focus on Indigenous women and girls. Prior to pursuing her Master’s degree, Rebecca worked in the non-profit sector in Toronto, ON for organizations focused on collective impact and civic leadership, and food justice. Rebecca holds a B.A. with High Distinctions in English Literature and Economics from Dalhousie University.

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Giuseppe Burtini

Giuseppe has 15 years experience in technology as a seasoned software engineer, a trusted advisor and a team leader.  He’s successfully completed projects for over 150 clients from Fortune 500 companies to seed stage entrepreneurs. His particular expertise in data security, integrity and visualization provide the tooling we need to engineer great solutions, while a focus on applications of machine learning and data mining techniques keep our eye on innovation.


Alexander Cebry

Alex is data analyst, holding a BA in Economics from UBC Okanagan where he focused on using his data analysis skills in economics. He has experience using programming languages such as R, Python and Java to interpret, clean and analyze data, as well as has applied experience working with UBC Okanagan’s Department of Economics to perform cost-benefit analysis of environmental projects.

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Janet Bufton

Janet Bufton is a copy editor and research consultant in Ottawa, Ontario. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, where she focused on economic development and international trade policy, and undergraduate degrees in Honours Economics and Business Administration. She has completed the Atlas Economic Research Foundation's Atlas Leadership Academy training, including the Think Tank MBA program. She is a co-founder of the educational charity the Institute for Liberal Studies.


Justin Quinton

Justin is a PhD candidate and lecturer at Queen's University. His research spans the fields of public investment, risk management, and applied econometrics. Justin is a graduate of and has lectured with the Program on Investment and Risk Analysis (PIAR) at Queen’s University. This program trains participants in cost-benefit analysis for public investment management. Justin began working with Big River Analytics in June 2018.

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Alyssa Savage

Alyssa is an Analyst at Big River Analytics. She holds a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria where she completed her thesis focused on modelling land access of Indigenous communities and traditional knowledge. Alyssa has previously worked in environmental and social consulting and has had the opportunity to contribute to research on ecological restoration, social conflict, and natural resource policy. Dedicated to continuous learning, she enjoys researching, writing, and spending time volunteering in her community.


Shenia Tung

Shenia is a undergraduate co-op student from the University of British Columbia. Her studies are in computer science and math, and she has keen interest in data analysis, data management management and web services. She has experience using Python and R to clean and analyze data and working with Google BigQuery, AWS and Tableau for live dashboards and cloud storage. Shenia has been working with Big River Analytics since September 2019.