Current Research Projects

Dr. Michael Zhang is actively conducting research for the Transitions Mental Health program. For more information on Transitions, visit

Dr. Michael Zhang’s paper "Dynamic Quotation of Leadtime and Price for a Make-To-Order System with Multiple Customer Classes and Perfect Information on Customer Preferences" has been accepted by European Journal of Operational Research, one of A* journals in ABDC list. Since he joined Saint Mary's University, Michael has published 4 papers at A* journals (EJOR and IJPE) and 3 at A journals (JORS and ORL) Find the link listed on Science Direct.

MAE student Habiba Khalifa has had a paper posted to the webpage of the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity: 

by Habiba Khalifa
The 1997 Quebec childcare policy is the first and only universal childcare program to be introduced in Canada. By using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth from Statistics Canada, this paper analyzes the effects of this policy on immigrant women’s labour supply and their childcare usage over the course of 8 different cycles: 1994-1995, 1996-1997, 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2004-20005, 2006-2007 and 2008-2009. A double difference-in-difference method is used to estimate the effects. The results show an increase in immigrant women’s labour force participation, affecting the lower educated mothers more than the higher educated ones. In the case of childcare usage, whilst the results show an overall increase in usage, the increase is largely for informal childcare. This research adds to the existing literature, as it is the first to analyze the effects of the policy on immigrants in particular; the assumption that immigrants behave in the same way as non-immigrants is not fully supported by the findings. This paper opens up a new line of inquiry regarding the impacts of the 1997 Quebec childcare policy. 
Dr. Patricia Bradshaw, Dean of the Sobey School, published an article, From Diversity to Inclusion: A Multimethod Study of Diverse Governing Groups in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (Special Issue: Diversity in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector.) 
Dr. Claudia De Fuentes published two articles recently based on her research into innovation in Mexico. "Determinants of innovation and productivity in the service sector in Mexico" was published in Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Fall 2015, and "What hinders innovation performance of services and manufacturing firms in Mexico" was published in Economics of Innovation and New Technology in Spring 2016. 

Dr. Lawrence Corrigan has been busy the last while, publishing his article "Accounting practice and the historic turn: Performing budget histories" in the journal Management & Organizational History in Winter 2016. And he made the conference rounds with his work last year as well. In Fall, 2015, with Dr. Peter Secord, he co-authored, "The entrepreneurial work of privateers: a critical accounting historiography" presented at the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference. And in summer 2016, he presented two papers at notable conferences:

  • With Dr. Daphne Rixon: "Key performance indicators: a theatrical analysis of the presentation of KPIs in electrical cooperatives", at the 32nd EGOS Colloquium: Cooperatives as a fortress of participation? (Summer 2016), and
  • Accounting as organizational discourse: Hiding budget knowledge in plain view at the 12th International Conference on Organizational Discourse (Summer 2016)