Current Staff

Karl Valentini - Founder & President

Karl is currently studying at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Debating for the Canadian national debate team, Karl was a part of the team that reached the Semi-Finals of the World Schools Debating Championships. Since the age of twelve, Karl has developed a passionate interest in economics, and he has read extensively about the 2008 financial crisis and past economic crises throughout history. In his spare time, Karl enjoys watching football (soccer), and avidly follows the Premier League. He also loves traveling, and has visited over 20 countries.

Jennafer Hartman - Editor

Jennafer is currently completing her MA in Economics at Queen’s University in Kingston ON. Prior to Queens, Jennafer completed her BA Honours Economics in Ottawa ON at Carleton University where she was the Vice President of External Affairs for the Department of Economics, an Ambassador for the Faculty of Public Affairs and the Student Lead for the Bank of Canada’s Governors Challenge. She continues to do research in the area of Labour Economics and International Macroeconomic Policy. Jennafer is a proud recipient of the Governor Generals Award for outstanding community involvement and remains an avid volunteer with the MS Society of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters Societies across Ontario.

John Butler - Senior Writer

Born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC, John is presently a Joint Honours Economics and Finance student at McGill University.  He has previous experience working as a business intern within the health/clinical research sector.  John’s primary areas of research and expertise include transportation, energy, and health economics in addition to project management.  John is an avid football fan (of both the European and American varieties).

Kaha Haji-Mohamed - Senior Writer

Kaha holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Science Specializing in Economics from the University of Ottawa. She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia but her family migrated to Ottawa, Canada when she was a young child.  Since graduating she has been travelling and teaching English as a Second Language. She is currently living in South Korea and plans to do so for the next year or two before pursuing a Masters degree in Economics or Business administration. While she has always had a passion for economics it was re-sparked following the 2008 financial crisis. This led to her fascination with the random or stochastic nature of the uncertainty principle, that is often used to study recessions and the business cycle. In her spare time, Kaha enjoys watching basketball (NBA and NCAA). She roots for Lebron James and the Cavs against any team except for the Raptors #WeTheNorth or the Knicks #NewYorkStateOfMind.

Tyler Baessler - Staff Writer

Originally from Winnipeg, Tyler is pursuing his Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University in Montreal and has worked as a financial analyst for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada in its Ottawa office. He holds several executive positions with campus organizations including the McGill Students’ Trading Society, Conservative McGill, and Liberty at McGill. Tyler is particularly interested in the areas of behavioural economics and government economic policy. Outside of business, Tyler’s main passion is hockey and he continues to be an ardent supporter of his hometown Winnipeg Jets.

Past Staff

Luca D'Angelo - Managing Editor

Luca is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, although he plans on switching into the Joint Honours in Physics and Chemistry program. Luca has had an avid interest in the fundamental sciences since a very young age, and would like to pursue graduate studies in astrophysics or biophysics. Luca’s hobbies include cooking, playing video games, watching movies, graphic designing, and watching NBA basketball with his brother.

Peter Koczanski - Editor

Peter is currently studying Economics at Princeton University. He has debated around the world for Canada, and he has won national and international championships. He is currently debating on the University debate circuit, and he was the top novice speaker at the Hart House university debate tournament. In his spare time, Peter supports Arsenal Football Club (one of the toughest jobs in sports).

Euirim Choi - Managing Editor

An expert digital designer, Euirim is studying Economics at the University of Chicago. Outside of working for the Review, Euirim is active at Model UN conferences and debate competitions on the national circuit. Unfortunately, Euirim is also a Borussia Dortmund fan despite their currently disappointing football campaign. 

David Barmes - Editor

David is currently a second-year student at McGill University, pursuing a major in Economics with minors in Psychology and Political Science. David’s involvement with CSBR began with a paper he contributed to the second edition of the journal. Outside of his studies, David particularly enjoys Nordic skiing and soccer. Additionally, he competes in undergraduate Moot Court tournaments with the McGill Moot Court Team and has recently been appointed to its board of directors for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Elliot Kaufman - Senior Writer

Elliot is currently studying Economics and History at Stanford University in California. Elliot has travelled the world with the Canadian National Debate Team, finishing the year as semifinalists at the World Championships in Thailand. A firm believer in the power of free enterprise, Elliot also helped found UCC Microfinance, the first high school microfinance organization in Canada. Elliot has previously had his writings on the topic of Senator Joe McCarthy published in The Concord Review. To relax, Elliot religiously follows the NBA and semi-competently plays basketball.

Jason Xiao - Senior Writer

Jason is currently in his first year of studies at Oxford University’s Faculty of Law. An avid debater, Jason has debated in the finals of the World Schools Debating Championship, was crowned 5th best high school debater in the world, and currently holds the title of top novice speaker at the Canadian University British Parliamentary Championships. Jason’s main interest in economics is analyzing its effects on social, political, and legal dynamics within society. When he has the time, Jason enjoys watching movies and basketball.

Lloyd Lyall - Senior Writer

Originally from Vancouver, Lloyd is currently studying Economics and International Relations at Stanford University in California. Over the past three years he has debated for the Canadian national team in nine different countries, and he was part of the squad that finished world runners-up this past summer in Singapore. In his spare time Lloyd enjoys skiing and sailing, and he is currently training to become a wilderness trip leader. He also follows real football (notably: not soccer) at the American collegiate level.

Gordon Milne - Senior Writer

Born in Ottawa and raised in Austin, Texas, Gordon Milne is studying a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance at McGill University. To complement his studies, he is President of the McGill Students’ Trading Society. He is also closely involved with the International Relations Students Association of McGill University. His love of economics was sparked by the popular book Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey and trail-running, and is an avid Ottawa Senators fan.