Research Team 

Dr. Catherine Holtman

Catherine Holtmann, PhD is a sociologist who utilizes mixed methods in the study of life course trajectories.  She is passionate about improving the quality of life for all New Brunswickers.  Her doctoral research with new immigrant groups in the Maritimes as well as with victims of domestic violence has convinced her of the importance of studies that delve into the sources and social processes that lead to social inequalities.  She brings extensive expertise in collaborative research and conducting qualitative studies in the community to the AfterGrad NB project. 

Sasha Wood

As full-time Research Coordinator at the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network, Sasha helps connect academia with community organizations and government to build collaborative research teams for evidence-based policy development. She is passionate about working with researchers to find creative ways to share their research.  Sasha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from St. Thomas University and recently graduated with an M.A. in Sociology from the University of New Brunswick (UNB).  Sasha met Dr. Holtmann during her studies at UNB and began thinking about the AfterGrad NB project after working on a research report and noticing that many high school students were not familiar with NB labour market opportunities and were still unsure about their future career plans.  She looks forward to meeting students and sharing resources to help encourage young people to live, work and study in New Brunswick.

Brent Cruickshank

Brent completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of New Brunswick. He recently returned to university to pursue an M.A. in Economics. Brent brings a unique perspective to the project as he has made several career shifts and is eager to share information that is important for new graduates to consider while making decisions regarding their career paths. 

Marie Olson 

Marie is an undergraduate student in the faculty of Renaissance College and is a part of the work-study program at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Marie joined the AfterGrad NB team in October and has been learning about the research process as well as the labour market in New Brunswick. Her interest in education makes her an excellent candidate for this project. Her involvement in the project has allowed her to see the impact that a post-secondary education has.  She looks forward to seeing what high school students think about New Brunswick and post-secondary education.