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Launched in November 2012, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) is  a national virtual institute offering the leadership and infrastructure necessary to increase and further develop statistical sciences research in Canada and promote the discipline. Building on the international stature of the Canadian statistical community, CANSSI seeks to develop all areas of the statistical sciences, including interdisciplinary research where statistical innovation is essential to the development of other disciplines. Through national networks of researchers, CANSSI will tackle the big research questions in statistics of importance to science and the public interest, and will establish links with other disciplines and organizations that are heavy users and producers of data.

CANSSI is the result of a large-scale process of reflection within the Canadian statistical sciences community, conducted in tandem with the Long Range Planning Exercise for the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, initiated by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). CANSSI is be part of the Canadian network of thematic and collaborative resources envisaged in the Long Range Plan, and will seek to increase the recognition of the importance of the statistical sciences in Canada.

CANSSI Headquarters

The national headquarters of CANSSI is hosted at Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Big Data Hub.

With a shared commitment to research excellence and innovative breakthroughs, the partnership between SFU and CANSSI will be a catalyst to strengthen collaborations between researchers, partners and communities across the country. SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement. CANSSI and SFU are committed to a vision focused on excellence, collaboration, and nation-wide capacity building.

SFU’s commitment to research excellence that benefits broader society is well aligned with CANSSI’s vision to be Canada’s catalyst for discovery and innovation in statistical and data science research and training. Both institutions look forward to a strong relationship that will build on strengths in statistical and data science across the country.


CANSSI Headquarters is hosted at Simon Fraser University

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