Building Citizen-Centric Technology - Steven Talbot (April 1, 2021)
In both the private and public sector, technology is the easy part. Understanding what people need, how our ideas impact others, measuring success, and changing large organizations is the hard part. Steven discusses how your degree and research skills can help build inclusive products, make citizen-centric services, and create impact.
Steven is a Product Manager at the Canadian Digital Service, and a University of Calgary alumnus. He was one of five initial members of CDS, which has grown to 88 people in three years and continues to expand. Among other products, CDS is responsible for creating the Federal COVID Alert application, a notification system for COVID updates, and a tool that helps veterans find benefits applicable to them.
The More You Know (Mo) - Jody Wolfe (February 11, 2020)
In what ways can social research skills be mobilized to solve real-world problems? Jody shares her career pathway from graduate student in applied social psychology to director of corporate strategy for a large non-profit social impact organization. She addresses the core skills, experiences, and mindsets she has developed and now applies in her role with the United Way of Calgary and Area.
Jody Wolfe is an applied social psychologist by training, receiving her Master of Arts from the University of Guelph, where she also completed all but her dissertation in the doctoral program as well. Her research focused on stress, coping, and social influence on behavior change. For the past six years Jody has worked for the United Way of Calgary and Area, starting as a senior policy and research analyst, and later shifted to a leadership role.
Research in the Wild - Jennifer Medlock (December 22, 2020)
What does doing research look like outside the classroom setting and ‘in the wild’? Jennifer talks about the different ways she has translated the research skills she gained in university to her 15-year career as a consultant and project manager in the non-profit sector.
Jennifer Medlock received her PhD in Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary in 2014. She currently works as a Project Manager for PolicyWise for Children & Families, a non-profit organization that focuses on identifying and promoting effective policy and practice in the area of child, family, and community well-being.
Using Research to Build a Better City - Jason Moreyle (October 21, 2020)
Jason discusses the activities of the Corporate Research Team and its roles at The City of Calgary. He offers an overview of the objectives, methodologies, and results of some of the team’s recent projects with the intent of illustrating the critical contribution of market and opinion research in making Calgary one of the most livable cities in Canada.
Jason has been in the market research industry for over 15 years, and has held senior positions with Ipsos, Leger Marketing, EVOKE Research Group, and Illumina Research Partners, formerly Environics West. He joined the Corporate Research Team at The City of Calgary in 2016, where he manages a variety of citizen and business-facing research projects that help with The City’s decision-making and strategic direction.