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Paul Kishchuk, MA is a public finance economist with 25 years of applied research experience. He founded Vector Research, an independent economic research consultancy, in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1999. Routinely constrained by sparse and absent data over the course of completing more than 240 northern research assignments, Paul has come to describe himself as a ‘qualitative economist’. He is a skilled researcher and analyst whether working with numbers or words and is adept at synthesizing research findings in a clear manner with both words and visualizations.

Prior to moving to Whitehorse in 1992, Paul worked for the federal Office of the Comptroller General as well as Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development. Since 1992, he has worked in both government and private industry. When employed in government he was Senior Economist for Yukon Economic Development and Director of Revenue Services for Yukon Finance. While in private industry Paul has gained in-depth experience in energy and resource policy and an extensive understanding of the fiscal aspects of the Yukon First Nation land claim agreements. He has also been active in the fields of socio-economic effects assessment and opportunity identification. Paul recently re-booted his early career experience in the field of program evaluation and results measurement.

From 2003 to 2007, Paul was an adjunct faculty member at Yukon College where he taught environmental economics, microeconomics and macroeconomics. He has also guest-lectured in the University of Alaska Southeast’s Master of Public Administration Program on various public finance topics. Paul designed the community economic development course delivered as part of Yukon College’s First Nation Governance Program. Paul holds the designation of Credentialed Evaluator from the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Vector Research is a place-based consulting firm. All of Vector Research’s work reflects a unique understanding of the Yukon’s socio-economy and an appreciation for our vibrant Yukon communities. Vector Research respectfully acknowledges that we work and live within the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Vector Research understands that while northern populations may be sparse, northern people and communities are very diverse. Vector Research uses contemporary research and analytics tools appropriate for the “N < n” research context, including: 

  • Tableau
  • Prep
  • Simple Survey
  • PollEverywhere
  • Creately
  • Go-to-Meeting
  • Basecamp