The Associate Directors represent 5 regions of Canada.
Alberta/BC: Gemai Chen, University of Calgary (until 2019)
Gemai Chen is a Professor of Statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary. Since obtaining his PhD degree from Simon Fraser University in 1991, Gemai has worked at the University of Waterloo, the University of Regina, and the University of Manitoba before joining the University of Calgary. Gemai’s research interests include parametric & non-parametric regression, non-linear time series modelling of environmental changes, financial & economic model building and forecasting, and quality control.
Manitoba/Saskatchewan: Alexandre Leblanc, University of Manitoba (until 2018)
Alexandre Leblanc 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.
Ontario: Mary Thompson, University of Waterloo (until 2017)
Mary Thompson, Scientific Director of CANSSI, 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.
Quebec: Erica Moodie, McGill University (until 2018)
Erica Moodie (PhD 2006, University of Washington) is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics and a William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University. Her main research interests are in causal inference and longitudinal data with a focus on dynamic treatment regimes. She is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute, an Associate Editor of Biometrics and the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and currently holds a Chercheur-Boursier junior 2 career award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé.
Atlantic: Joanna Mills Flemming, Dalhousie University (until 2019)
Joanna Mills Flemming is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), the Data Management Committee for OTN, and the Ransom Myers Legacy Committee at Dalhousie University. She is the team leader for the “Advancements to state-space models for fisheries science” CANSSI CRT. She is also the associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Statistics and is finishing her term as a regional representative on the SSC’s Board of Directors. Joanna’s research interests centre on the development of statistical methodology for data exhibiting spatial and/or temporal dependencies with a particular interest in what is important for marine ecology, and more broadly, environmental science. She has also recently become interested in how statistics are being used to help solve problems in Biomedical Engineering.