FCAC announces National Financial Literacy Research Sub-Committee

News release

June 26, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario 

Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader, Jane Rooney, and the National Steering Committee for Financial Literacy today announced the members of the Financial Literacy Research Sub-Committee for 2018-2020. This group of thought-leaders will build on the landmark National Research Plan on Financial Literacy, which was developed by the inaugural Sub-Committee over the past two years. Sub-Committee members will be responsible for generating evidence to inform the implementation of Canada’s National Strategy for Financial Literacy, while continuing to establish Canada as an international leader in financial literacy research.

Six returning members will be joined by six new members drawn from the public and not-for-profit sectors. They will focus on insights to target specific sub-populations including Indigenous Peoples. The researchers will also continue to apply emerging findings from the fields of psychology and behavioural science to enhance our understanding of consumer decision-making.

Over the course of its two-year mandate, the Sub-Committee will also develop and implement a knowledge transfer strategy that will help bridge the gap between research and practice.

The Sub-Committee will continue to be chaired by Bruno Lévesque, Director of Education, Research and Policy with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. 

Members of the Research Sub-Committee for 2018-2020 are: 

  • Bruno Lévesque (Chair), Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
  • Jerry Buckland, Menno Simons College
  • Karen Duncan, University of Manitoba
  • Andrea Hasler, Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (George Washington University)
  • Jodi Letkiewicz, York University
  • Allison Meserve, Prosper Canada
  • Pierre-Carl Michaud, HEC Montreal
  • Nicole Robitaille, Queen’s University
  • David Rothwell, Oregon State University
  • Bettina Schneider, First Nations University of Canada
  • Dilip Soman, Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (University of Toronto)
  • Brenda Spotton Visano, York University
  • Jiaying Zhao, University of British Columbia


“I am excited to see the passing of the torch from the inaugural Research Sub-Committee to this new group of thought-leaders. These appointments will balance the experience of returning members with the perspectives of new members drawn from across Canada and around the world. These experts will continue to position Canada at the forefront of financial literacy research, through industry-leading empirical evidence.”

Jane Rooney, 
Financial Literacy Leader, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

“The objective of refreshing the composition of the sub-committee is to ensure fresh ideas and genuine representation of the social realities within our country. What remains constant is FCAC’s firm commitment to all Canadians, including populations who are most vulnerable to financial struggles – and who stand to gain the most from understanding and acting on their rights and responsibilities as financial consumers.”

Lucie Tedesco,
Commissioner, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

Quick facts

  • The Research Sub-Committee includes representation from the public and not-for-profit sectors, including universities in Canada and the United States.

  • Six returning members are joined by six new members.

  • Members will serve for two years.

  • The Sub-Committee reports to the National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy, which is helping FCAC to implement the National Strategy for Financial Literacy — Count me in, Canada. 

  • The Research Sub-Committee will support FCAC’s National Research Symposium, being held on November 26-27, 2018, in Toronto. 

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