2017 Board of Directors Candidate List

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Full and Final Slate

The June 8 Annual General Meeting (at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg) 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. Two years ago, 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 last year, new Board members’ terms are 3 years. This year, there are 2 vacancies and 7 continuing “at-large” members on the Board.  CANSSI’s guidelines require between 6-9 members at-large.  The Board Nominating Committee has selected a slate of two candidates. There will be a motion at the AGM to accept the slate of nominations. In addition, three people have been nominated for the institutional member representative position. There will be a ballot where each member institution can vote for one of those three candidates.

Nominations for Institutional Members (1 position):

Nominations for “At-large” Members (2 vacant positions):

Continuing “At-large” Members:

  • Charmaine Dean, Western University (until 2019, current Board Chair)
  • Arnoldo Frigessi, University of Oslo (until 2018)
  • Chad Gaffield, University of Ottawa (until 2018)
  • Arvind Gupta, University of British Columbia (until 2019, current Board Vice-Chair)
  • Paul Kovacs, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (until 2019)
  • Adrian Levy, Dalhousie University (until 2019)
  • Francis Zwiers, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (until 2018)

CANSSI would like to thank Jiguo Cao and Richard Smith whose terms on the Board come to an end this year. Jiguo Cao has represented the institutional members well. Richard Smith has been on the CANSSI Board of Directors since its inception in 2012 including three years as Board chair.   

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, Liqun Wang (until 2018) and a new representative who will be elected at this meeting.  

Biographical Information on the Candidates for Institutional Member Representatives:

Syed Ejaz Ahmed, Brock University

Syed Ejaz Ahmed

Syed Ejaz Ahmed is Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science and a Professor of Statistics at Brock University. Before joining Brock, he was a professor and head of the Mathematics & Statistics Department at the University of Windsor and University of Regina. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and holds many adjunct/guest professorship positions. His areas of expertise include big data analysis, statistical inference, and shrinkage estimation. He has more than 150 published articles in scientific journals and has reviewed more than 100 books. Further, he has written several books, edited and co-edited several volumes and special issues of scientific journals. He has supervised numerous PhD and master’s students and organized several workshops/conferences and many invited sessions. Ejaz serves on the editorial board of many statistical journals and as a review editor for Technometrics. He served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Education Committee of the Statistical Society of Canada, and as a VP communication for ISBIS. Recently, he served as a member of an Evaluation Group, Discovery Grants and the Grant Selection Committee, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Joan Hu, Simon Fraser University

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).

Andrei Volodin

Andrei Volodin

Andrei Volodin is Professor of Statistics at the University of Regina. His research has focused primarily on Mathematical Statistics and Probability Theory, though his current work has expanded to Applied Statistics. Andrei’s research program revolves around a common theme: asymptotics (expansion of a statistic or of a distribution). Currently his research involves the following four main components: statistical testing for expression of genes; dependent bootstrap procedure; point estimation for parameters in some applied statistical problems; and the interval estimation problem for the ratio of two binomial proportions.

Andrei received his PhD in Mathematics from Vilnius University in Lithuania and his PhD in Statistics from the University of Regina. He spent two years working as a Professor of Statistics at the University of Western Australia and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Thammasat University in Thailand.

Andrei was one of the founders of the Probability division at the Statistical Society of Canada and served as its chair in 2005-2006. He is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of several other international journals, including Lobachevskii Journal of Mathematics and Journal of Inequalities and Applications.

Andrei has active international research, including research partnerships at University of Pisa, University of Sevilla, Public University of Navarra, the National Tsing Hua University, Thammasat University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen University and Uppsala University among others.

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Biographical Information on the Candidates for “At-large” Members:

Michael Boehnke, University of Michigan

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.

Wesley Yung, Statistics Canada

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.


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