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Saint Mary’s University Students Are Working On A Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

Matt Triff, Sunil Udhayakumar, and Raj Sonani, Saint Mary’s Master of Science in Computing and Data Analytics (CDA) students together with their Graduate Program Manager Keith Bain, participated in a National Poverty Conference in Ottawa.

The team was invited as guest speakers at the “Working Towards a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy” event by Employment and Social Development Canada. The students had the opportunity to share their experiences developing, organizing, and participating in Hackathon events. Using real-life examples, the team discussed how data from multiple sources could be used to find innovative solutions to social challenges, and they shared their experiences using advanced computing and data analytics techniques and tools to lead to creative solutions for the government and private sector.

Federal ministers attending included:

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development;

Louise Levonian, Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC);

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture;

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; and

Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

To read the full article in Saint Mary’s News, click here.