During her four terms of co-op, Alexa Evans redesigned databases, monitored financial markets, and developed econometric models. Today, she asserts that the work experiences, transferable skills, and networks she developed through co-op are integral to her current position as Research Assistant at the Bank of Canada.

Alexa began her co-op journey at the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control as Health Economic Research Assistant. In this capacity, she developed an econometric model for determining patient quality of life after diagnosis with various diseases. She presented this model to renowned academics at an international quality of life conference, developing her networking, presentation, and data management skills. Following these experiences, Alexa worked as Junior Analyst in the Ministry of Finance, where she conducted research and drafted reports on economic, equity, rate, and commodity indicators.

Co-op bridged Alexa’s studies and professional aspirations. In her own words, “being able to supplement classroom theory in dynamic workplaces allowed me to learn new software and skills that are not taught in lectures,” all while gaining hands-on experience in her industry. For Alexa, co-op is foundational to her current role at the Bank of Canada.