Research Committee

Continuing committee


Paul McNicholas - (Chair)
Éric Marchand
Hugh Chipman
Shirley Mills
Derek Bingham
Zeny Feng

Terms of Reference


The Research Committee was established as a continuing committee at a meeting of the Board of Directors on 19 October 1986, and its duties extended on 17 October 2009.


Chair: Appointed by the incoming President.
Membership: The SSC representative to the Canadian Consortium for Research (CCR) and four additional members in good standing, appointed by the incoming President.

Terms and Duties:

The Research Committee shall:

  • monitor the state of the statistical sciences in Canada and make recommendations to the Board of Directors where appropriate;
  • maintain, through the Executive Secretary, a catalogue of sources of research support;
  • recommend and monitor liaisons with other societies and organizations and make recommendations to the Board of Directors in this regard;
  • recommend to the Board of Directors co-sponsorship of joint scientific activities where appropriate;
  • recommend to the Board of Directors nominations to national and international groups and committees concerned with statistical research and, in particular, to the Statistical Sciences Grant Selection Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; and
  • recommend to the Board of Directors statistical research areas which the Society should attempt to foster;
  • maintain a dialogue between the statistical sciences community and the three federal funding councils (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC). Specifically, its main task is to inform the statistical sciences community on the developments at these councils, and garner and transmit feedback from Canadian statisticians to the councils.