November 18, 2008


Experts available to discuss ongoing developments in economic downturn

McMaster University has a wide range of experts available to comment on many issues facing Canadians, as the economy falters and job losses mount.


Coping with the stress of job loss and a changing workplace

Teal McAteer, associate professor of human resources & management, is an expert on how individuals and companies can deal with job loss.  She consults with various organizations and is often called upon to provide individual counseling on career location to recently laid-off clients.  She can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 23999 or .

Catherine Connelly, assistant professor of human resources & management, is an expert on how companies change their HR strategies during tough economic times and how best to work with temporary workers.  She can be reached at 905-525-9140 ext. 23954, or


Automotive industry faces uncertain future


Charlotte Yates, the dean of Social Sciences, is an expert on the auto sector and unions, particularly the Canadian Auto Workers. She can comment on the viability of the industry and the widespread implications of its failure.  She can be reached at or 905-525-9140, ext. 26156.


Wayne Lewchuk, professor of labour studies, is an expert on the auto industry, the union movement as well as worker’s compensation and the quality of working life.  He can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 27293 or


Economic and market turmoil


Atif Kubursi, professor emeritus in the department of economics, can comment on government policy during recessionary times, macroeconomic issues, globalization, as well as the oil and energy markets.  He can be reached at  or 905-525-9140, ext. 23809.

Mike Veall, professor and chair of the economics department, can address the economics of pension, government subsidy, transfer and taxation policy. He can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 24591 or


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Jane Christmas

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McMaster University

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Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager, Broadcast Media

McMaster University

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Communications Officer, DeGroote School of Business

McMaster University

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