Full and Final Slate
The June 13 Annual General Meeting (at Dalhousie University, Halifax) will include our first vote on members of the Board of Directors. Each member institution has one vote. Member institutions are encouraged to send a representative to the AGM, but a vote by proxy is also acceptable.
- Jiguo Cao, Simon Fraser University
- Sorana Froda, Université du Québec à Montréal
- Linglong Kong, University of Alberta
- Liqun Wang, University of Manitoba
- Leilei Zeng, University of Waterloo
- Richard Smith, University of North Carolina (2-year term, current Board Chair)
- Yogendra Chaubey, Concordia University (1-year term)
- Charmaine Dean, University of Western Ontario (1-year term)
- Arnoldo Frigessi, University of Oslo (3-year term)
- Chad Gaffield, University of Ottawa (3-year term)
- Michael Kramer, McGill University (continuing for 1-year term)
- Wesley Yung, Statistics Canada (2-year term)
- Francis Zwiers, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (continuing for 3-year term)
How the Election Will Work
The initial Board of CANSSI was formed in November 2012 by the Executive of the Statistical Society of Canada, and except for one who replaced a resigning member, the current members of the Board have all served for two and a half years. CANSSI is now instituting a process of Board renewal, and is thus proposing a slate of Board members to begin staggered terms of one, two or three years. The Officers of CANSSI (Director, Deputy Director, regional Associate Directors) are being appointed by the Board. The Director and two of the Associate Directors, elected by them, will be members of the Board. As well, the Directors of PIMS, the Fields Institute, and the CRM will be ex-officio members of the Board.
The rest of the Board will be elected by the membership. The Operating Policies specify election of two representatives of the institutional members, to be nominated by them, and this year there are to date five nominees, from whom two are to be elected. The Operating Policies also specify that there should be six to nine other “at-large” members who are representative of the scientific and stakeholder communities, nominated by the Board Nominating Committee. This year, there are eight nominees, and since the total is nine or fewer, all will be acclaimed.
Thus the ballot issued at the Annual General Meeting to voting delegates will present the names of the candidates to represent the institutional membership, and ask for each person to vote for up to two. One of those elected, chosen at random, will serve a two-year term and the other will serve a three-year term. The ballot will also present the names and proposed terms for the nominees for the “at-large” positions. The ballots will be counted at the meeting and the results declared. The full and final slate will be published June 6. Proxy votes will be accepted at the meeting, and a proxy form will be published June 6.
Biographical Information on the Candidates
Nominations for Institutional Members (2 positions):
Jiguo Cao is the Canada Research Chair in data science and associate professor at the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University (SFU). He worked as associate professor at the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, University of Western Ontario in 2012-2013, where he was awarded the Canada Research Chair in biometrics and environmetrics. He was Research Fellow at Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) in 2010. He was selected as AusCan Scholar by Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) in 2009. He served as local representative of SSC in 2013-2016. He obtained his PhD in statistics at McGill University in 2006 and worked as postdoctoral associate in statistics genetics at Yale University in 2006-2007 before joining SFU with an assistant professor position in 2007. His research interests lie in the development of novel statistical methodologies and applications in functional data analysis and estimating parameters in differential equations from real data.
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Sorana Froda is Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Université du Québec à Montréal, with more than 25 years experience in teaching, research and graduate student supervision. A career-long NSERC grant recipient, Sorana has been active in many SSC committees including a term on the Board of Directors from 1996 to 1998, as well as translating for the Canadian Journal of Statistics. Trained in asymptotic statistics and non-parametric methods followed by a postdoctoral position in the medical field, she has furthered her research in medical applications (epidemiology and genetics) and in ecology. Her current research focuses on original modeling of temporal data based on differential equations and nonhomogeneous birth and death processes.
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Linglong Kong is an assistant professor at the department of Mathematical and statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta. He received his BSc in probability and statistics in 1999 at Beijing Normal University and his MSc in statistics at Peking University in 2002. Linglong Kong obtained his PhD in statistics at the University of Alberta in 2009. He then held a one-year postdoctoral position at Michigan State University in 2010 and another two-year postdoctoral position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2010 to 2012. Linglong then joined the University of Alberta as an assistant professor. His research interests include high-dimensional data analysis, neuroimaging data analysis, robust statistics and statistical machine learning.
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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.
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Leilei Zeng joined the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo as an associate professor and the Graham Trust Chair in Health Statistics in 2011. Prior to that, she held an assistant professor (2006-2011) position at Simon Fraser University with a joint appointment in the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science and the Faculty of Health Sciences. Professor Zeng’s research activities focus on the development and application of statistical methods for public health and medical research. Specific areas of interest include analysis of longitudinal data and survival data, multi-state models, marginal models, model misspecification, sampling and observation schemes issues, and the missing data problems.
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Nominations for “At-large” Members (6-9 positions):
Richard L. Smith is Mark L. Reed III Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Professor of Biostatistics in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also Director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, a Mathematical Sciences Institute supported by the National Science Foundation. He obtained his PhD from Cornell University and previously held academic positions at Imperial College (London), the University of Surrey (Guildford, England) and Cambridge University. His main research interest is environmental statistics and associated areas of methodological research such as spatial statistics, time series analysis and extreme value theory. He is particularly interested in statistical aspects of climate change research, and in air pollution including its health effects. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, and has won the Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society, and the Distinguished Achievement Medal of the Section on Statistics and the Environment, American Statistical Association. In 2004 he was the J. Stuart Hunter Lecturer of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES). He is also a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society.
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Yogendra Prasad Chaubey is a full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since July 1990. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Rochester, NY in Statistics in 1977. He held an assistant professor position at Dalhousie University (1977-1979) before joining Concordia University in 1979.
His research and teaching interests are in the general area of statistical sciences and include econometrics, sample surveys, nonparametric methods, reliability and survival analysis. His current research involves nonparametric smoothing of density functions and related functionals that has applications in diverse fields of applications such as economics, engineering and biomedical sciences that is funded by a discovery grant from NSERC. He is currently an associate editor of Statistical Methodology (an Elsevier periodical) and Chilean Journal of Statistics and earlier served as associate editor of Annales des sciences mathématiques du Québec. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a member of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction at Concordia.
He held the position of Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics during 2005-2014 and also served on various departmental and university committees some of which are highlighted below. At the university level, he served as a member on the university Senate Committee on Academic Priorities and Planning during 1999-2006, Faculty Research Committee of Arts and Science during 2001-03, Faculty of Arts and Science Distinguished Professor Emeritus Committee during 2006-07 and as alternate member of the university level Distinguished Professor Emeritus Committee during 2009-10. At the departmental level, he has served as the Associate Chair during 1997-99 and 2004-05, as the Undergraduate Program Director during 1992-95 and 2002-04 and as the Graduate Program Director during 1983-84. He is currently serving as a member on the Department of Religion Hindu Chair Steering Committee and as a member of the board of directors of a Montreal-based non-profit organization called Freedom from Poverty Foundation (FFPF).
He has been quite active in promoting Statistics through membership in various capacities of several statistical associations: Secretary, Montreal Chapter of American Statistical Association, 1983-84; 1st Vice President, Montreal Chapter of American Statistical Association, 1984-85; President, Statistical Society of Montreal, 2000-01; SSC Board Member, 2002-04, 2011-13; Vice President, Forum for Interdisciplinary Mathematics (FIM), 2005; Editor, the SSC Liaison, 2004-06; and Member, Committee on Career Development, American Statistical Association, 2005-07. He has served as an organizer of academic sessions for several scholarly conferences, notably those held at Concordia University in 1991, 2001 and 2011.
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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. She has a strong interest in the development of innovative learning environments to support the excellent students who are drawn to Western Science. This includes pursuits as diverse as the use of technological tools for collaborative learning experiences, interdisciplinary training, individualized learning mechanisms for high achievers as well as the development of learning opportunities for the mature students. Dr. Dean has a strong interest in building a sense of connectedness in Science to work toward a collective growth and enrichment of the Faculty.
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 Statistical Society of Canada, 2002 President of the International Biometrics Society, Western North American Region, 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 the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, including two as Chair of the Statistical Sciences Grant Selection Committee and one as Chair of the Discovery Accelerator Supplement Committee for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences. 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 the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences; 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.
In 2003, Charmaine Dean was awarded the CRM-SSC prize; in 2007, she was named Fellow of the American Statistical Association; and in 2007, awarded the University of Waterloo Alumni Achievement Medal; in 2010, she was named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2012, received a Trinidad and Tobago High Commission Award.
Dean’s research interest lies in the development of methodology for disease mapping, longitudinal studies, the design of clinical trials, and spatio-temporal analyses. Much of this work has been motivated by direct applications to important practical problems in biostatistics and ecology. Her current main research applications are in survival after coronary artery bypass surgery, mapping disease and mortality rates, forest ecology, fire management, smoke exposure estimation from satellite imagery, and modeling of temporary and intermittent stream flow for flood analysis and predictions.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Dr. Kramer is James McGill Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. He has been both a National Health Research Scholar and Research Scientist of Health Canada’s National Health Research and Development Program, Chercheur-boursier sénior (senior research scientist) of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), and Distinguished Scientist of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He has been principal investigator on several large, multicentre epidemiologic studies and randomized trials in maternal and child health. A member of four expert committees of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, in 1997-98 Dr. Kramer served as President of the Society of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research. From 1995 to 2001, he chaired the Steering Committee of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System and from 2003 to 2011, served as the Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Human Development and Child and Youth Health. In 2011, Dr. Kramer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Life Sciences Division of the Academy of Science.
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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.
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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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