Leong Centre-StatCan Speaker Series

The partnership between the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children and Statistics Canada (StatCan) seeks to explore ways to support deeper use of the extensive amount of national cross-sectoral data relevant to child health and well-being that is currently available. Together, we host a virtual Speaker Series, with the goal to educate the respective communities on ongoing work,  while providing an opportunity for collaboration and engagement. 

No upcoming sessions are currently scheduled.

Presentation Archive


Friday, February 17, 2023 | Leong Centre-StatCan Speaker Series: "Child and Youth Mental Health Data & Evidence in Canada: Current State & Future Directions”

This presentation provides an overview of data sources used to generate evidence on child and youth mental disorder in Canada and their respective strengths and limitations. It also proposes a vision for the creation of a national, longitudinal child and youth mental health data ecosystem in Canada and the potential this may offer to filling longstanding evidence gaps.

Dr. Kathy Georgiades holds the Dan Offord Chair in Child Studies and is an Associate Professor at McMaster University.

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Friday, December 9, 2022 | Leong Centre-StatCan Speaker Series: "The Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform (ELMLP)"

This presentation explores the makeup of the ELMLP, including a summary of the core files (Postsecondary Student Information System, Registered Apprenticeship Information System and the T1 Family File) and an overview of the supplementary files available in the ELMLP. 

Laura Gibson is an analyst at the Canadian Centre for Education Statistics at Statistics Canada. 

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Friday, October 7, 2022 | Leong Centre-StatCan Speaker Series | “Perinatal Health Disparities in Canada: Monitoring and Systematic Assessment via Data Linkage"

This presentation introduces the databases created by her research group that allows examining the extent of socioeconomic and ethnocultural disparities in perinatal health in Canada at the national level. 

Dr. Seungmi Yang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. Her research interests are grounded in a conceptual model that integrates life-course epidemiology and health disparities.

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Friday, March 25, 2022 | Leong Centre-StatCan Speaker Series: "The impact of preterm birth on socioeconomic and educational outcomes of children and families"

This presentation provides an overview of the methodology and initial research steps taken to determine the socioeconomic impact of preterm birth on individuals born preterm and their families.

Dr. Petros Pechlivanoglou is a Scientist at The SickKids Research Institute and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. His research focuses on methods and applications of decision analysis in health economics.

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Friday, April 29, 2022 | Leong Centre-StatCan Speaker Series: "Statistics Canada’s Health Data Holding"

This presentation introduces various sources of health data that Statistics Canada has to support child health research. The Speaker provides examples of major health surveys, administrative health data, and integrated health data that can be requested and used to support research in a variety of areas such as morbidity, mortality, mental health, educational attainment and more.

Dr. Shikha Gupta is an analyst at the Centre for Population Health Data at Statistics Canada. 

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Friday, February 11, 2022 | Leong Centre-StatCan Speaker Series: "An Overview of Statistics Canada’s Social Data Linkage Environment (SDLE)"

This presentation introduces the Statistics Canada’s Social Data Linkage Environment (SDLE); a secure processing environment that facilitates the creation of linked population data sets for the purpose of facilitating pan-Canadian social and economic statistical research. 

Maha Clarke is an analyst in the SDLE at the Centre for Social Data Integration and Development. 

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