New Faces at CANSSI

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Top Row: Lisa Lix, Valérie Bécaert, Adrian Levy
Bottom Row: Arvind Gupta, Laxmi Sushama, Paul Kovacs

Donald Estep has been appointed as CANSSI’s new Scientific Director. He is University Distinguished Professor and University Interdisciplinary Research Scholar at Colorado State University and will be taking up his new position at Simon Fraser University this summer. See here for full details.

Yogendra Chaubey will be the new Regional Director for CANSSI Québec. He is a full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Concordia University. CANSSI Québec is our new regional node located at Concordia. We’re looking forward to ramping up our activities in Québec. 

CANSSI welcomes Valérie Bécaert (Element AI), Donald Estep (Simon Fraser University), Lisa Lix (University of Manitoba), and Laxmi Sushama (McGill University) to our Board of Directors. Arvind Gupta (University of Toronto), Paul Kovacs (Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University), and Adrian Levy (Dalhousie University) return to the Board for a second term. Learn more about all of them on the Board of Directors page.

Board members Charmaine Dean (University of Waterloo), Alexandre Leblanc (University of Manitoba) and Mary Thompson (University of Waterloo) are completing their terms. Thanks are due to all of them for their efforts on behalf of CANSSI. Charmaine’s strategic thinking has been a real asset both on the Board and the Governance and Board Nominating Committee. Alex served on the Board since its inception in 2012. In addition, he’s been the Associate Director for Manitoba and the chair of the Board Nominating Committee for the last several years. Mary was CANSSI’s first Scientific Director and has contributed so much to CANSSI that it cannot be summarized here. Most recently as the chair of the Health Science Committee, she has very ably led the development of work in this area, establishing and coordinating the network of 11 Health Science Collaborating Centres. 

Erica Moodie (McGill University) and Paul McNicholas (McMaster University) have concluded their terms as Associate Directors for Québec and Ontario respectively. We’d like to thank Erica for her help developing CANSSI Québec and Paul for his leadership on the data science committee. 

Nancy Reid has stepped down as Scientific Director of CANSSI. We owe her a great deal of thanks for her leadership, dedication and commitment. Her efforts have helped CANSSI grow and put us in an excellent position moving forward. Nancy remains on the Board of Directors for another year. We’re not letting her go that easily!

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