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 2005, 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.



Thomas Imbeault-Nepton from the Saguenay--Lac Saint-Jean region in Québec won Biostatistics Section Award for the 2016 Canada Wide Science Fair. In his project entitled "Éclaire ton attention!", Thomas looked at the comparative effect of different sources of light on sustained attention, which led to suggestions on the optimization of lighting that could help those suffering from attention disorder.


Welcome to the Statistical Society of Canada’s new website! Its unveiling happens to coincide with the beginning of my term as president, but I can’t take any credit for it. The numerous leadership decisions, along with some challenging discussions, were handled exceptionally well by my presidential predecessors. They, and the people who actually got the website up and running, deserve all the credit.