Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing all the activities and affairs of CANSSI, including approving the appointments of the Director and the Deputy Directory, and advising on strategic planning and on governance. The Board meets twice a year, in December and at the time of the Annual General Meeting, typically late May or early June. The voting members of the Board of Directors are the Director of CANSSI; two of the Associate Directors of CANSSI, chosen by the Associate Directors; the Directors of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and the Centre de recherches mathématiques; two elected members from universities which are institutional members of CANSSI; and six to nine other elected representatives of the scientific and stakeholder communities. Election for the Board of Directors takes place at the Annual General Meeting.

Michael Boehnke (member-at-large, term ends 2020)

Michael Boehnke

Michael Boehnke is the Richard G. Cornell Distinguished University Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Center for Statistical Genetics and Genome Science Training Program at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on development and application of statistical designs and analysis methods for human genetics, with emphasis on identification of genetic variants that predispose to human diseases and traits. He is a principal investigator of the FUSION study of the genetics of type 2 diabetes (T2D), steering committee chair of the T2D-GENES multiethnic genome sequencing consortium, and a PI of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership T2D Knowledge Portal project, the BRIDGES bipolar disorder sequencing project, and the InPSYght schizophrenia and bipolar sequencing project. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

James Colliander (Director of PIMS, ex officio)

James Colliander

James Colliander

James Colliander is Professor of Mathematics at UBC and serves as Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. He is the founder and CEO of the education technology company Crowdmark. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and spent semesters at the University of Chicago, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. James’ research program is at the interface of partial differential equations, harmonic analysis and dynamical systems.

Charmaine Dean (Chair of the Board of Directors, member-at-large, term ends 2019)

Charmaine Dean

Charmaine Dean

Charmaine Dean is Professor and Dean of Science at Western University. Her leadership at Western’s Faculty of Science has a focus on accelerating research within the faculty, enhancing and fortifying collaborations with other faculties, with industry, government agencies and the broader community, as well as supporting a superb training environment for students. Dean’s involvement in CANSSI stems from her interest in supporting the strong community in statistics in Canada and her cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary perspective, which is a base from which statistics reaches out and makes impact in other disciplines. She is also interested in the growing area of analytics, especially big data analytics, as it pertains to health care, spatial methods, environmetrics and machine learning. Dean views it as important that statistical scientists develop collaborations across a variety of disciplines with which this area intersects and takes leadership for shaping this important area of research.
Dean received her B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1980, and her M.Math and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Waterloo in 1984 and 1988. She was 2007 President of the SSC, 2002 President of the International Biometrics Society, has served as President of the Biostatistics Section of the Statistical Society of Canada in 1998-2001, and has given ten years of service to NSERC. She has served on the Research Advisory Council and on various selection panels for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She serves on the NIH Biostatistics Grant Review Panel; on the Board of Directors of PIMS; on the Board of Directors of the Banff International Research Station; and is a member of the College of Reviewers of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and of the MITACS College of Reviewers. She has served on several editorial boards and is currently Associate Editor of Biometrics, of Environmetrics, of Statistics in Biosciences and Senior Editor of Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology.

Arnoldo Frigessi (member-at-large, term ends 2018)

Arnoldo Frigessi

Arnoldo Frigessi

Arnoldo Frigessi was born in Italy in 1959 and is professor of statistics at the University of Oslo. He is the director of the recently formed Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, a joint department of the University of Oslo and the Oslo University Hospital. Frigessi is the director of BigInsight, one of the Norwegian centres of excellence for research-based innovation, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. BigInsight, a consortium of academic, industrial and public partners, has a funding of about 4 million euros annually for eight years starting from 2015. BigInsight will develop statistical and machine learning methodologies and analytical tools to extract knowledge from complex and big data, with focus on two central themes: novel personalised solutions and sharper predictions of transient dynamics. Previously, Frigessi worked at the universities of Roma III and Venice, at the Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo, also in Rome and at the Norwegian Computing Centre in Oslo. Frigessi has developed statistical methodology motivated by specific problems in science, technology, industry and society. He has designed stochastic models to study principles, dynamics and patterns of dependence of systems to be investigated or predicted. Inference is usually based on computationally intensive stochastic algorithms, like MCMC and pair copula constructions. Frigessi’s research work has been often geared towards Bayesian statistics, on both the methodological and applied side. Currently, he has research collaborations in genomics (cancer and psychiatric diseases mainly), business and finance, insurance, sensor technologies and climate research. Frigessi is an elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters since 2008.

Chad Gaffield (member-at-large, term ends 2018)

Chad Gaffield

Chad Gaffield

Chad Gaffield recently returned to the University of Ottawa after serving as President and CEO of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) during 2006-2014. An expert on the sociocultural history of 19th- and 20th-century Canada, Gaffield led the interdisciplinary, multi-institutional and cross-sectoral Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI) initiative, one of Canada’s largest and most innovative research projects in the social sciences and humanities. By developing digital technology to mine historical census enumerations and documentary evidence, CCRI enables unprecedented temporal and spatial analyses of the forces that have shaped the twentieth century. Previous initiatives included Gaffield’s studies of linguistic relations in Ontario, socio-demographic change in the Ottawa Valley, and childhood and family history during the nineteenth-century development of mass schooling. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he received the RSC’s 2004 J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal for his outstanding contribution to the study of Canada. Gaffield is now Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship. He received his BA (Hons) and MA from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Toronto.

Arvind Gupta (Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, member-at-large, term ends 2019)

Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. He has served as President and Vice- Chancellor of UBC, and as the CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs Inc., Arvind has published extensively on computational genomics and national innovation and industrial strategies.
Arvind is well known as a Social Entrepreneur with a solid track record for initiatives to improve Canadian productivity and competitiveness by successfully enhancing workforce skills through industry and academic partnerships. As CEO of Mitacs Inc., he achieved international success for interweaving graduate education with business and socio-economic needs by bringing together 60 universities with more than 1,000 industrial partners.
Arvind was instrumental in creating the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and the Banff International Research Station in Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS). He is a Senior Fellow of the Asia–Pacific Institute, and a Member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). He serves on the Boards of the India-Canada Research Centre of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS) and BIRS.

Ian Hambleton (Director of Fields, ex officio)

Ian Hambleton

Ian Hambleton

Ian Hambleton is the Director of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. He received his doctorate from Yale University in 1973, and was an L. E. Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago before joining McMaster University, where he has served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for three terms, was active in university affairs as President of the McMaster Faculty Association, and was several times elected to the Senate and Board of Governors. He is a prominent mathematician with more than 75 published articles in leading international journals, whose research in geometry and topology connects to a broad range of mathematics. His distinguished record of scholarship has been recognized by a high level of NSERC funding for almost 40 years, supporting an extensive program of graduate and postdoctoral training. He was a Member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for two years, and a Visiting Professor for three years at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, in addition to numerous other visiting positions at major mathematical centres

Joan Hu (institutional member representative, term ends 2020)

Joan Hu

Joan Hu received her PhD in statistics at University of Waterloo in 1995 under the supervision of Jerry Lawless. She was a faculty member at University of Memphis (1998-2003) and an adjunct faculty member at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (2000-2003), following her research experiences with Health Canada and Harvard School of Public Health. She joined Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 2003, and is now a Professor of Statistics.

Joan obtained an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) (2016-2019), an NSERC University Faculty Award (2003-2008), the Frank Wilcoxon Prize of 1998 (jointly with JF Lawless), and the Pierre Robillard Award of 1996. She is an American Statistical Association (ASA) fellow and an elected International Statistical Institute (ISI) member. She has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Journal of Statistics (2010-2012), Lifetime Data Analysis (2010-present), Statistical Papers (2011-2016) and Statistics in Biosciences (2009-present). She has served as a member on Committee on Women in Statistics (2015-2018), the President of Biostatistics Section (2013-2014), and an Alberta – British Columbia – Yukon Regional Representative of the Board of Directors (2011-2012) of Statistical Society of Canada (SSC), a member of the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) Board of Directors (2010-2012), and a member of the Education Office Review Committee of Chinese Government Award for Self-Financed Students Abroad (2007-2012).

Paul Kovacs (member-at-large, term ends 2019)

Paul Kovacs

Paul Kovacs

Paul Kovacs is adjunct research professor of Economics as well as founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University. He is also CEO of the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC). Since 1996, Paul has been a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change”. He is Canada’s leading authority on insurance and climate change and has been a contributing author to numerous international and Canadian reports on reducing the risk of loss from earthquakes, flood and severe wind. He has written more than 200 publications and articles and he is a passionate champion for insurance, disaster resilience and adaptation to climate extremes.
Paul has worked in private industry, the public sector and academia. He is Co-Chair of the Infrastructure and Housing Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform. He is Co-Chair of the Science and Technology Working Group of Canada’s Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. Paul is also a member of a number of Boards and Advisory Panels. He is a proud husband and father, with a growing collection of bow ties.

Alexandre Leblanc (CANSSI Associate Director)

Alexandre Leblanc

Alexandre Leblanc

Alexandre Leblanc is CANSSI’s Associate Director for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Statistics from the Université de Montréal. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, which he joined in 2003. His research interests are mainly focused on nonparametric function estimation using frequentist and Bayesian methods, including adaptive methods, robustness, asymptotic properties and limit laws. Recently, he has started to work on nonparametric estimation methods based on combinatorial arguments and different concepts of depth for sampled multivariate data and curves. He has been a member of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) since 2001, serving on many of its committees, including the Committee on Bilingualism, the Program Committee and the Research Committee. He has been a regional representative (elected) on the SSC board of directors (serving for two mandates, 2009-2011 and 2013-2015) and was Program Chair for the 2012 annual meeting of the Society in Guelph. Within the Canadian Institute of Statistical Sciences (CANSSI), he acts as regional Associate Director representing Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Adrian Levy (member-at-large, term ends 2019)

Adrian Levy

Adrian Levy

Adrian R. Levy PhD is Professor and Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at Dalhousie University and Nominated Principal Investigator for the Maritime Strategy for Patient Oriented Research SUPPORT Unit (MSSU). His academic interests lie in health services research and measurement and valuation, health technology assessment, pharmacoepidemiology, quality of life, and access to care. He is author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications and is the co-editor on the Springer Handbook of Health Services Research volumes on Comparative Effectiveness Research and on Data and Measures.

Nancy Reid (Director of CANSSI)

Nancy Reid

Nancy Reid

Nancy Reid is the Director of CANSSI.  She is University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Methodology at the University of Toronto.  Her research interests are in statistical theory, likelihood inference, and design of studies.  Along with her colleagues she has developed higher order asymptotic methods both for use in applications, and as a means to study theoretical aspects of the foundations of inference, including the interface between Bayesian and frequentist methods.  She is interested in a number of substantive areas, including inference from large-scale surveys, environmental epidemiology, and high-energy physics.

She served on the scientific advisory panels of the National Program on Complex Data Structures, the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques, the Fields Institute for Research in the Mathematical Sciences, the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences, and the Banff International Research Station.  From 2010 through 2012 she chaired the steering committee for the Long Range Plan for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Research in Canada, which was published in December 2012.

She is a past-president of the Statistical Society of Canada and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and a past member of NSERC Council.  She is a Fellow of the RSC, AAAS, IMS, and the American Statistical Association.  Her awards include the Krieger-Nelson prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society and the Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada.

Mary Thompson (CANSSI Associate Director)

Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson is currently CANSSI’s Associate Director for Ontario after serving as the Scientific Director from 2012-2015.  She is Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. She holds a BSc from the University of Toronto, and an MS and PhD from the University of Illinois. In recent years her research interests have focused on the analysis of data from complex surveys, statistical methods in the social sciences, and the design of survey data collection for public health research. She has collaborated in work on the spread of disease on contact networks, and in spatial analysis of environmental influences on health behaviour. She was a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Statistical Methods. She was President of the Statistical Society of Canada in 2003-2004. She has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada (2003), the Waksberg Award (2008), the Elizabeth L. Scott Award (2010), and the Lise Manchester Award (2012). She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.

Luc Vinet (Director of CRM, ex officio)

Luc Vinet

Luc Vinet

Luc Vinet is Aisenstadt Professor of Physics at the Université de Montréal and the Director of the CRM, a position he held previously from 1993 to 1999. Born in Montréal, he holds a doctorate (3rd cycle) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) and a PhD from the Université de Montréal, both in theoretical physics. After two years as a research associate at MIT, he was appointed as assistant professor in the Physics Department at the Université de Montréal in the early 1980s and promoted to full professorship in 1992. His research interests in theoretical and mathematical physics include: exactly solvable problems, symmetries, algebraic structures, special functions and quantum information.
In 1999, Luc Vinet joined the ranks of McGill University where he held the position of Vice-Principal (Academic) and Provost. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Rector of the Université de Montréal. He presently chairs the Board of the Fulbright Canada and sits on the Board of Directors of National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton. Among numerous honours, he was awarded the Armand-Frappier Prize of the Government of Québec in 2009 and the 2012 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Claude-Bernard (Lyon).

Liqun Wang (institutional member representative, term ends 2018)

Liqun Wang

Liqun Wang

Liqun Wang is a professor of statistics at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Prior to this position he was an assistant professor at University of Basel, Switzerland, and post-doctoral research associate at Universities of Dortmund and Hannover, Germany. He was also a guest professor at TU Dortmund University, a visiting professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a visiting scholar at University of Southern California, University of California – Berkeley, and University of Toronto.
Liqun Wang obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics and statistics in China, and a PhD in statistics and econometrics at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. In addition, he received a Postgraduate Diploma in mathematical and computer sciences at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. Liqun speaks Chinese, English and German.
Liqun’s research interests include identification and estimation in nonlinear systems, measurement error (errors in variables) problem in regression models, boundary crossing probabilities (first passage time) of diffusion processes, Monte Carlo simulation methods in statistical computation and optimization, and high-dimensional data assimilation. He is also interested in biostatistics, econometrics, and statistical applications in engineering optimization, environmental, medical and health sciences.
Liqun is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. He has been an Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Statistical Papers, an Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Statistics, and a Guest Editor of Quality Technology and Quantitative Management. He has been a committee member of the Discovery Grants Evaluation Group for Mathematics and Statistics of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Liqun has chaired the Research Committee and served on the Board of Directors of the Statistical Society of Canada. He has co-organized workshops at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) in Alberta, and at the Fields Institute in Toronto.

Wesley Yung (member-at-large, term ends 2020)

Wesley Yung

Wesley Yung

Wesley Yung is Director of the Business Survey Methods Division of Statistics Canada. He holds a BSc and MSc from Dalhousie University and a PhD, all in statistics, from Carleton University. He has over 25 years experience at Statistics Canada and has been involved in all aspects of Business and Household surveys. His research interests include variance estimation, integration of administrative data in surveys and collection research.

 

Francis Zwiers (member-at-large, term ends 2018)

Francis Zwiers

Francis Zwiers

Before becoming Director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, Dr. Zwiers served as a Research Scientist (1984-2006), Chief of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (1997-2006) and Director of the Climate Research Division (2006-2010), all at Environment Canada. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Victoria and in the Dept. of Statistics and Actuarial Science of Simon Fraser University. His expertise is in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of observed and simulated climate variability and change. Dr. Zwiers is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Meteorological Society, a recipient of the Patterson Medal, has served as an IPCC Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report, and is an elected member of the IPCC Bureau.

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