Southern Ontario Regional Association



SORA is the Southern Ontario Regional Association of the Statistical Society of Canada and the Southern Ontario Chapter of the American Statistical Association.

The purpose of SORA shall be to foster in the broadest manner statistics and its applications, and to promote unity and effectiveness of effort among all groups in the Southern Ontario area having an interest in or being concerned with statistical problems.

SORA Executive Committee 2021-2022

President (SSC Regional Association): Tony Panzarella (University of Toronto) [term 2019-2022] 
President (ASA Chapter): Tony Panzarella (University of Toronto) [term 2019-2022]
Secretary: Clement Ma (CAMH & University of Toronto) [term 2021-2023]
Treasurer: Lisa Avery (York University, Toronto) [term 2021-2023]
Past President: Fernando Camacho (Damos Associates, Toronto)
Co-chair, Business Analytics Seminar: Vacant
Representative to the ASA Council of Chapters:  Vacant
Web Editor: Peter Macdonald (McMaster University, Hamilton)
Member at Large: Eshetu G. Atenafu (University Health Network, Toronto)
Member at Large: Hanna Jankowski (York University, Toronto)
Member at Large: Yingwei (Paul) Peng (Queen’s University, Kingston)
Member at Large: Olli Saarela (University of Toronto)

The SORA Executive welcomes your comments and suggestions! For more information, please contact or visit


Official Documents and Reports

How to Join

You can pay your SORA dues with your SSC membership, with your ASA membership, directly to SORA at any of our events, or by sending a request to You do not need to belong to the ASA or the SSC to be a member of SORA. Some of our members pay more than once, through both the SSC and the ASA for example; we thank them for their generosity but you only need to pay once. The annual dues are $10 for regular members and no charge for students or retired members. Please note that because of fluctuating rates of exchange and differences in membership year end, the dues requested may not be exactly the same through each route.
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SORA/TABA Activities

  • SORA-TABA Workshop & DLSPH Biostatistics Research Day: Regression Diagnostics with John Fox
    Student poster presentations: May 18 to May 19, 2021
    Workshop: May 28 to May 29, 2021
    All online.



The Applied Biostatistics Association (TABA) 
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto