James Tebrake is a graduate of McMaster University (honours B.A. in economics) and Carleton University (master’s degree in economics). He joined Statistics Canada in 1992. Since then, he has worked in a number of program areas in the economic statistics field, including the international trade statistics program and the industry statistics program. He is currently director general of the Macroeconomic Accounts Branch, where he oversees programs responsible for developing macroeconomic indicators such as GDP, national net worth, labour productivity, balance of payments and government revenues, expenditures and levels of debt.