Full and Final Slate
The May 28 Annual General Meeting (at Brock University, St. Catharines) will include a 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.
The initial Board of CANSSI was formed in November 2012 by the Executive of the Statistical Society of Canada. Last year, CANSSI instituted a process of Board renewal, and proposed a slate of Board members to begin staggered terms of one, two or three years. Beginning this year, new Board members’ terms will be 3 years. This year, there are 4 vacancies and 5 continuing “at-large” members on the Board. To stay within the guidelines of having between 6-9 members at-large, between one and four new Board members must be elected. The Board Nominating Committee has selected a slate of four candidates. There will be a motion at the AGM to accept the slate of nominations.
Nominations for “At-large” Members (4 vacant positions):
- Charmaine Dean, University of Western Ontario
- Arvind Gupta, University of British Columbia
- Paul Kovacs, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
- Adrian Levy, Dalhousie University
Continuing “At-large” Members:
- Richard Smith, University of North Carolina (until 2017, current Board Chair)
- Arnoldo Frigessi, University of Oslo (until 2018)
- Chad Gaffield, University of Ottawa (until 2018)
- Wesley Yung, Statistics Canada (until 2017)
- Francis Zwiers, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (until 2018)
CANSSI would like to thank Yogendra Chaubey and Michael Kramer whose terms on the Board come to an end this year.
The Directorate of CANSSI (Director, Deputy Director, regional Associate Directors) has been appointed by the Board. CANSSI owes a great debt of gratitude to Hugh Chipman (Atlantic Region) and Will Welch (Alberta/BC Region) who are ending their terms this year. We welcome Joanna Mills Flemming (Atlantic Region) and Gemai Chen (Alberta/BC Region) who will be replacing them.
The CANSSI Board also consists of the Director and two of the Associate Directors, elected by them. The Directors of PIMS, the Fields Institute, and the CRM are ex-officio members of the Board. In addition, there are two representatives of the institutional members, Jiguo Cao (until 2017) and Liqun Wang (until 2018).
Biographical Information on the Candidates for “At-large” Members:
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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