• MEDA Convention 2018

    MEDA Convention 2018

    A weekend of inspiration, networking and fun celebrating the power of entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty!

  • MEDA Convention 2018

    MEDA Convention 2018

    Roads to Enduring Livelihoods

9:00 a.m. - 03. Economic Commentary on the United States and Canada

Friday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m.
Business Issues

Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation on the U.S. section from this seminar.

Participate in our annual analysis, critique and discussion of macroeconomic indicators as well as trends and policy in the United States and Canada. Jim Leaman (Eastern Mennonite University) and Kaylie Tiessen (Unifor) will present the U.S. and Canadian perspectives. Hear their thoughts on broad macroeconomic indicators such as inflation, unemployment, and GDP growth as well as a selection of other topics in economic policy from the current news and policy cycle.


Jim LeamanJames Leaman chairs the Department of Business and Economics, where he teaches undergraduate courses in management, finance and economics, and graduate courses in organizational and leadership studies. Industry experience includes both private business and nonprofit administration, including 12 years of service with an international non-governmental organization (INGO) in Kenya. Academic preparation includes a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer science. The perspective Jim adds to his field is analyzing and teaching about the role and impact of business and organizations within ecological limits and dynamic social systems, resulting in an integrated lens of sustainability, stewardship and justice



Kaylie Tiessen resizedKaylie Tiessen is an economist and policy analyst working in the research department at Unifor. She researches labour markets, social progress and the future of work. Her research has covered the gamut of policy issues from tax policy to child care, from poverty to employment trends, from inequality to raising workers’ pay.

Kaylie studied economics at Dalhousie University, international business at Lakehead University and business management at Conestoga College. Kaylie is committed to developing new and re-emerging ideas that advance social and economic justice in a changing world.