CANSSI Headquarters at SFU

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration between the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) and Simon Fraser University (SFU). This fall SFU will become CANSSI’s host institution, housed within SFU’s Big Data Hub on the Burnaby campus.

SFU’s commitment to research excellence that benefits broader society is well aligned with  CANSSI’s vision to be Canada’s catalyst for discovery and innovation in statistical and data science research and training. Both institutions look forward to a strong relationship that will build on strengths in statistical and data science across the country.

We’re excited about this next phase in CANSSI’s evolution. What’s next? We’re currently designing the space which will be renovated this fall. Stay tuned for news about our grand opening!


In June, CANSSI was incorporated as a Not-for-profit Corporation. At our first Board meeting under this new structure, the provisional Board of Directors approved an updated by-law, admitted our members, and appointed our officers. At the Annual General Meeting in June, the new Board of Directors was approved. New Board members are Mark Girolami, Imperial College London; Farouk Nathoo, University of Victoria; and Claudia Tebaldi, NCAR. New Associate Directors are Karen Buro, MacEwan University (AD for Alberta/BC/Yukon), Mohammad Jafari Jozani, University of Manitoba (AD for Manitoba/Saskatchewan/NWT/Nunavut) and Paul McNicholas, McMaster University (AD for Ontario). We look forward to working with them.

We’d like to thank the outgoing Board members. Francis Zwiers, University of Victoria and Director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, has been with CANSSI since its inception. Francis’ advice on a wide range of issues has been invaluable. Chad Gaffield, University of Ottawa, also finishes his term on the Board. Chad brought us into the world of digital humanities, now an integral part of our efforts in data science. Arnoldo Frigessi, University of Oslo and Director of BigInsight, introduced us to the outreach activities with industry taking place at BigInsight in Norway. 

We owe a big debt of gratitude to James Colliander and PIMS, Ian Hambleton and the Fields Institute, and Luc Vinet and CRM. Without these three departing Board members and the mathematics institutes, CANSSI would not be what it is today. Thank you!

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

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