Senior Consultant, Economic Development

Job Locations CA-ON-Ottawa
Posted Date 1 month ago(1/12/2018 3:03 PM)
Job ID
# Positions
Job Type
Full Time
Years of Experience
Job Industry
Accounting and Auditing Services, Business and Professional Services

About Us

BDO. Because relationships matter.
There are many world-class accounting firms. Far fewer that offer a culture so rich in professional opportunity, personal fulfillment, and long-term growth. At BDO, we understand that exceptional service to our clients begins – and ends – with exceptional regard for our people. Because at its core, our business is not about numbers or spreadsheets, dollars or pence, but about people working with, for, and in service of others. In short, because relationships matter.

Job Description (EN)

The Interis | BDO Team

Interis | BDO is a leading team of management consultants specializing in strategy and operations, transformation, and risk management for organizations across the country. With deep experience working with federal and provincial agencies, Crown corporations, and municipalities, Interis | BDO understands the unique challenges and opportunities to evolve their organizations.


Since launching its merger with BDO in 2013, Interis has continued to provide its full spectrum of services to existing and new clients. Coupled with BDO’s national resources and a strong foundation of serving public sector clients, the Interis team has expanded its capabilities across Canada including additional specialty services to help meet the evolving needs of its clients.


Position Summary


BDO is the fifth largest full service advisory and accounting firm in the world with more than 64,000 people from 1,400 offices in over 150 countries. For over 90 years, BDO Canada has advised over 50,000 clients on their business advisory, accounting, and tax needs, building a reputation for being one of the leading professional service providers.


Our Economic Development Services team is looking for a Senior Consultant to join its team of consulting professionals. BDO’s Economic Development Services team helps clients achieve two objectives: growing their economies and measuring the economic impact of their decisions. Our consulting projects come from all levels of government – federal, provincial, municipal, and Indigenous – as well as non-profits, trade associations and private businesses. Our clients want to accelerate or revitalize growth in a changing economy. Many want to harness new sectors, technologies, and innovations as drivers of their economic development. Others wish to test the feasibility of business ideas and new ventures, attract investment to their local community, or expand and promote particular economic sectors.


No matter our clients’ unique needs, BDO offers bespoke solutions to help develop economies and create jobs. Clients are empowered to navigate a complex and ever-changing economy through BDO’s economic development service line. With these services, our economic development consultants aim to provide our clients with the tools necessary to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities 


In this role you will lead and contribute to economic development related consulting engagements. More specifically, you will:

  • Conduct economic research and analysis as necessary in the preparation of consulting project deliverables
  • Participate and lead individual client initiatives for the delivery of economic development services initiatives
  • Contribute to the development of new opportunities within existing clients and successfully expand the client base through pursuit of new opportunities,
  • Work with BDO managers to develop and grow the economic development service line across Canada
  • Demonstrate a proven ability to deliver the full cycle of client engagement accountabilities in a cross functional environment
  • Have the ability to think critically and problem solve client issues, facilitate the decision making process and document those decisions
  • Have a strong commitment to superior professional and client service excellence
  • Work with project teams to identify business requirements and desired business outcomes to achieve successful projects
  • Collaborate with various internal and external subject matter experts and stakeholder representatives as necessary to prepare consulting project deliverables
  • Have strong communication skills and experience preparing for and facilitating workshops to gather input from clients and stakeholders
  • Willingness to travel within Canada (25-50%)

Required Education and Professional Skills/Knowledge

  • Degree in economics, econometrics, or a related subject
  • 3- 5 years of relevant experience as an economist or strategy consultant
  • Knowledge of economic modelling, including economic impact assessments and regression analyses
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Familiarity with large datasets, including Statistics Canada and international economic datasets
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, query, analyze and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong oral and written communication skills appropriate to a strategic advisory role in client-facing interactions
  • Proven success in delivering advisory services to public or private sector clients
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  • Must be eligible for government of Canada security clearance

Desired Education and Professional Skills/Knowledge

  • Hold a MA / MSc. in economics, econometrics, or a related subject
  • Knowledge of economic development modelling tools, including: input-output models, shift-share analyses, and location quotient analyses
  • Experience in the municipal public sector
  • Experience in the field of economic development
  • Hold a professional designation as a Certified Economic Developer (Ec.D.)
  • Bilingual (English/French)
  • Entrepreneurial drive 

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