the challenge

CRDCN, in partnership with SAS and Statistics Canada, challenges emerging researchers to investigate a policy problem of their choosing using microdata and present their research findings to their peers and to a jury of researchers and policy makers.

CRDCN  National Policy Challenge

about the event

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) designed this competition to encourage student researchers to share their policy ideas and to promote the use of microdata in developing innovative, evidence-driven policy solutions. This year will showcase the research of the 2021/2022 finalists.


  1. Register for the live event 
  2. Watch the presentations
  3. Cheer for the prize winners 

This event is PRESENTED in partnership with:

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM (EDT)
David Hewett

Welcome address from David Hewett (Vice President, Sales, Canada and Energy, SAS Canada) 

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM (EDT)
Jennifer Frimpong
1:50 PM - 2:10 PM (EDT)
Samer Hamamji
2:10 PM - 2:20 PM (EDT)
2:20 PM - 2:40 PM (EDT)
El Zahraa Majed
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Angèle Poirier
3:00 PM - 3:20 PM (EDT)
Samantha Skinner
3:20 PM - 3:40 PM (EDT)
Martin Taylor

CRDCN tallies scores. The judges, finalists and attendees can take a break at this time. In the event of a tie, the judges will deliberate for 10 minutes in a smaller room. 

Award recipients announced! 

Time Zone: (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]

PRIZe details

  • The FIRST place prize is $1,500
  • The SECOND place prize is $1,000
  • The THIRD place prize is $500
  • The POLICY PITCH prize is $250


We would like to thank our mentors and judges for their contributions to the National Policy Challenge.

Our mentors provided guidance to some of the finalists while they worked on their projects, and the judges have reviewed the presentations and will be selecting the award recipients.


  • Rachel Colley, Senior Research Analyst, Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada

  • Richard MacLennan, Professor of Psychology, University of Regina

  • Mikal Skuterud, Professor of Economics, University of Waterloo

  • Hai Van Nguyen, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, Memorial University

  • Benoît Lamarche, Professor, School of Nutrition, Laval University

  • Darcy Hango, Senior Research Analyst, Centre for Social Data Integration and Development, Statistics Canada


about crdcn

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) is a premier research and training platform for over 2,000 researchers in the  quantitative social and health sciences in Canada. The Network provides unique access to Statistics Canada data on 33 campuses across the country to advance knowledge and inform public policy.

It is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Statistics Canada and our 42 primary and affiliated partner universities. CRDCN is recognized as one of Canada’s Major Science Initiatives.