I have known Hugo since circa 2007 and in many contexts. Most recently, he and his colleague collaborated with me to produce a service learning experience for two groups of my students in a course I teach. Both groups of students met with Hugo and his colleague for guidance in writing a policy brief on claims of a skills gaps in the Niagara Region. I was very pleased with the quality of the work the students produced under Hugo’s guidance.
Furthermore, in the ten years I have been researching the Canadian economy, Hugo’s knowledge about the availability and limitations of quantitative data on the Canadian economy is unsurpassed. His grasp of the the intricacies of Statistics Canada data, as well as ancillary data from the Conference Board of Canada and other sources, has personally helped me in preparing lectures and conducting researching on the the Niagara economy.
In his current capacity at the NWPB, he has developed a prodigious understanding of Canada’s and Ontario’s workforce development policies. Coupled with his knowledge of Canada’s and Ontario’s public policy environment, this makes him an invaluable partner when conducting research on the Niagara Region’s labor market.
Hugo was also a student of mine. Most recently, he was in my graduate level spatial statistics course. There he learned how to apply ArcGIS 10.1 to describe and analyzed patterns in geographical data. His performance was outstanding, especially given that he had never had a GIS course before. As an undergraduate, he also took my introductory economic geography course, where he impressed me with his clear questions, well-crafted research paper and knowledge of Occam’s Razor as well as more general techniques in argumentation.
Hugo is articulate and capable of rooting out clever internal consistencies. He has strong organizational skills and meets deadlines. His general knowledge of the world is broad, and he is capable of playing the Devil’s Advocate to move a problem forward. If you are looking for a motivated, detail-oriented and curiosity-driven researcher who can handle mixed research methods, you would be hard put to do better than Hugo Chesshire.
Feel free to contact me if you have further questions.