Dr. Doug Tattrie, SRDC senior research associate, passed away in the Vancouver General Hospital on October 7, 2013 after a three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
Doug has been a key contributor to nearly every major SRDC experiment since joining the organization in 1996. Doug contributed to the design and implementation of large-scale demonstrations and small research projects alike. He made major contributions to the design of several innovative randomized experiments in the areas of welfare-to-work programs, employment insurance, disability supports, education, literacy training in the workplace, and tax policy. He also managed a series of working papers using data from the Self-Sufficiency Project for the federal-provincial symposium, Making Work Pay. Doug chaired an internal SRDC committee related to statistical and technical methodologies and was SRDC’s lead adviser on econometric issues.
Doug Tattrie also conducted research on workers’ compensation policy at the Workers Compensation Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In his prior career as a journalist, he conducted interviews and wrote newspaper articles on a wide variety of important political and social issues.
Dr. Tattrie received his Ph.D. in Economics from Queen’s University where he also received his M.A. in Economics; he received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Journalism) from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute.
Doug was highly regarded by his current and former SRDC colleagues who witnessed his exceptional spirit and wicked sense of humour even at the worst of times during his illness. His presence and the many happy memories that remain have left an indelible mark on all of our lives and his absence will be deeply felt throughout the organization for years to come.
SRDC’s board of directors and entire staff convey their sincere condolences to Doug Tattrie’s family.