February 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of the start of Dr. Ivan P. Fellegi’s career with Statistics Canada. He joined the department in 1957, receiving his Master of Science degree from Carleton University in 1958. He was the first Carleton University student to receive a Master of Science degree, and, in 1961, also became Carleton’s first PhD graduate. In 1985, Dr. Fellegi was appointed Chief Statistician of Canada, a position he held for 23 years until his retirement in 2008. Dr. Fellegi has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees, has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, has chaired a number of international statistical committees, and has received many other awards and honours. 

As Chief Statistician Emeritus, he continues to provide guidance to Statistics Canada employees on a voluntary basis. His work has contributed enormously to Statistics Canada’s excellent reputation, and he is widely held in great esteem.


StatCan 150


Statistics Canada recognizes the next generation of storytellers and statisticians with a contest, sponsored in part by the SSC, in honour of Canada's 150th birthday.


Check out the SSC 2017 award winners for Honorary Member, SSC Gold Medalist, the Distinguished Service Award, the Pierre Robillard Award, the CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics, the SSC Award for Impact of Applied and Collaborative Work, and the Canadian Journal of Statistics Award. 


Learn about the past and future of data analysis and statistics in Canada. Topics include the Victorian Statistics Movement and its effect in Canada, statistics and the computer revolution, and the emergence of data science. 


Jim Kalbfleisch


The SSC is saddened by the news of the recent passing of Jim Kalbfleisch. Jim helped shape the University of Waterloo's Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and served as SSC President in 1984.