Research Specialist

Does curiosity drive your sense of exploration?  Do you need to know the ‘why’ behind a customer’s decisions?  If you have answered yes to both, you could be the ideal Research Specialist for Destination Canada (DC).

Aside from your love of data, you are passionate about tourism and travelling, and your natural curiosity pushes you to discover what it takes to inspire travellers to explore Canada.  With a strong analytical background and knowledge of economics, you’ll promote the use of research and information within the tourism sector.  Your interpersonal skills and ability to translate and convey complex data to a broad audience will help you build and maintain stakeholder relationships within DC and allow you to easily network and represent DC within the overall industry at large. 

Interested? Join the team that helps market Canada to the world.

Selection Process No: 2016-CTC-RES-519

Classification: ES-03

Tenure: Term until March 31, 2018

Closing Date: July 11, 2016

Salary: $62,680 – $72,760 per year 

Organization: Destination Canada

Position Title: Research Specialist

Language Requirements: English Essential

Duties: Under the direction of the Executive Director, Consumer & Market Intelligence (the “ED”), the role will be responsible for economic and statistical research, studies, analysis, advice and guidance for the Destination Canada (DC) management, committees, stakeholders and clients. 

Daily functions include: research, analytical and advisory services for the management, coordination and conduct of core surveys, micro and macro-economic and socio-economic research, economic modelling projects and business intelligence gathering initiatives; development and implementation of tourism indicators for the analysis, evaluation and reporting of program results and effect on the Canadian tourism industry for Destination Canada and its private sector partners.


Education: Graduation from a recognized university with a degree and with acceptable specialization in economics or statistics, or another acceptable combination of education, training and experience.

Experience: When applying, the candidate must clearly demonstrate in writing how they meet the following experience criteria:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in the economic and statistical research and analysis of a Canadian sector/industry in an international context.
  • Experience in methodological applications for research projects.
  • Experience in managing partnerships or contracts.
  • Experience in the development of economic and statistical research papers.
  • Experience using at least one statistical analysis software, such as SPSS, etc.
  • Experience with the tourism industry would be an asset.


  • A thorough professional knowledge of the theories, principles and methodology of both macro-economics and micro-economics in particular as applied to industry organization research studies and specifically to the tourism industry.
  • A thorough professional knowledge of the theories, principles, and methodology of statistical science as applied to the conduct of statistical surveys and research, the management of data, the development of economic models and statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of economic and statistical trends and issues impacting tourism in Canada and abroad.
  • Good knowledge of Destination Canada and its mandate and objectives.
  • Good knowledge of project management, consultation and collaborative techniques.


  • Ability to conduct research projects and studies on both domestic and international tourism sectors.
  • Ability to interpret research findings, to communicate results and implications, to develop recommendations, and to provide advice effectively in oral and written situations.
  • Ability to select suitable research tools, statistical methods and techniques for conducting marketing research, program effectiveness measurement, competitive analysis, and economic studies. 
  • Ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to develop integrated solutions to complex issues. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships.
  • Creativity. 
  • Ability to apply judgment, discretion, confidentiality and diplomacy in interpersonal interactions.

Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal relationships; creativity; judgment; results-oriented; discretion; confidentiality; diplomacy; detail-oriented.

Security: A Reliability Status or a Security Clearance may be required.

Entitlement to work in Canada: You must certify in your application that you are legally entitled to work in Canada or have the ability to obtain the necessary approvals to work in Canada.  Destination Canada reserves the right to require that you provide proof of your legal entitlement to work in Canada at any time. Please note that Destination Canada will not be providing relocation assistance.

Note: You must be able to provide proof of your education credentials if requested.  When applying, candidates must clearly demonstrate in writing that they meet the above-mentioned education and experience criteria.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Candidates are asked to indicate their first official language as well as their preferred official language in their application.

This competition may be used to staff similar positions.


Send your resume and application in MS Word format or PDF format to hr [at] destinationcanada [dot] comPlease specify the competition number (2016-CTC-RES-519) in the subject line.

We thank all those interested for their time and care in submitting applications but regret that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by the employer. 

No phone calls or emails, please.

Please note that Destination Canada’s pension and benefit plans are completely separate from the federal public service.  In general, candidates cannot transfer their pension and their service from the public service to Destination Canada.

Destination Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

Destination Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the staffing official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.