Iglika Ivanova is an Economist and Public Interest Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in BC. Born and raised in Bulgaria, Iglika took her first economics course as a 17-year-old curious to learn more about what was happening in her home country during the transition from central planning to market capitalism. She quickly realized that not just in Eastern Europe, but across the globe many people live in poverty because of poorly designed economic policies, and decided that she wanted to work to change that. Iglika has an MA in Economics from UBC and in her current position, she uses her skills to research and write on issues of social and economic policy in BC. More specifically, Iglika’s work investigates issues and trends in government finance, taxation and privatization and how they relate to the accessibility and quality of public services, and in turn, to our quality of life. She is also very interested in the workings of the Canadian labour market and in particular trends in income inequality, low wage work and the integration of immigrants. Iglika is a frequent media commentator on public policy issues, a blogger on PolicyNote.ca and this summer, she is a regular on the bi-weekly Tuesday Business Panel on CBC radio’s Early Edition. Follow her on Twitter

The top (TWO) reasons why everyone should come to this conference
… to understand the broader socio-economic trends shaping our workplace experiences today and how they impact each generation, and
… to learn how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to generations interacting in the workplace (hint: we’re more similar than you think).

What is the top reason someone like you must attend the XYBOOM Conference this year?
… to learn about the challenges different generations face in today’s labour market and what we can do as citizens to ensure that the economy works for all generations.

If you are working now or plan to join Canada’s job market in the future then you need to come to the XYBOOM Conference.

Why did you decide to become a part of XYBOOM Conference Team?
As an Economist at the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives, I’ve spent a lot of time researching and thinking about today’s job market. I’ve learned that the Canadian workplace is changing rapidly – and not always for the better – but citizens, businesses and governments are not powerless: there is much we can do together to build and foster workplaces we can all be proud of. And it starts by coming together at forums like the XYBOOM Conference to learn from each other about the key challenges we face (which may or may not be similar across groups and generations) and develop workable solutions. I’m here to share my analysis of the issues and the solutions our research points to, and to learn from others.

What are you most excited to take away from this year’s conference?
I look forward to being inspired by the bold and innovative solutions that come out of the day’s conversations, and to forging new friendships with fellow Vancouverites who are wrestling with similar concerns about Canada’s job market.

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