Message from the President
The late summer and early fall are relatively quiet times for the SSC, but the Executive and the Board, as well as the Sections and many committees, are busy as we ramp up towards planning the upcoming year’s activities.
Planning is well under way for the 2019 SSC Annual Meeting, to be held at the University of Calgary from May 26-29, 2019. Alex De Leon and Karen Kopciuk and their local organizing committee are hard at work getting ready to host us, and the Program committee led by Lisa Lix is planning an exciting scientific program for us. The Sections are heavily involved in program development, and we’re looking forward to the usual set of workshops before the meeting. And of course, we look forward to the Canadian Statistics Student Conference on May 25; this meeting, which has grown significantly over the years, provides a great setting for students to present their work, learn about career opportunities, and network with other students and with faculty. And as always, it’s run and organized 100% by students!
Thank you to all who joined us in hosting the Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver. The program, led by Program Chair Christian Leger, was great - there was almost too much to see! The SSC reception, held at the Steamworks Brewpub (thanks to Public Relations Officer Dave Campbell for the help finding the site) was a great success. We got out of the convention centre and were able to enjoy great food and drinks, and microbrew beer, in a nice environment. Finally, thanks to all who helped out with the booth. The booth was very busy, and it was great to catch up with everyone who visited. JSM 2019 in Denver is on our radar, too; Johanna Neslehova is the SSC rep on the JSM program committee. Look forward to seeing Canadian statisticians’ work there!
The Elections Committee, chaired by past-president Hugh Chipman, are looking for candidates for elected positions on the Board and in the Sections. I hope many of you will consider running for one of these positions and serving the society! And the Awards Committee, chaired by past-past-president Jack Gambino, is planning the usual set of awards, to be presented in Calgary. Look for the calls for nominations for both elections and awards, coming soon.
The Executive met on the weekend of September 21-23 to start planning the year’s activities, and in particular to look at the upcoming year’s budget. The full Board met on October 20th and 21st to approve the budget and several new initiatives for 2019. We also had a presentation and discussion with Susie Fortier, president of the Survey Methods Section, on new developments at Statistics Canada.
You’ll be hearing in the coming months from the SSC about membership renewals. Please look for these messages from the Office, and please renew!
The new slate of committees for 2018-19 is almost completely full. Again, thanks to all who volunteered, and thanks to everyone who is participating in the running of the society. Without the substantial ongoing contribution from our members, the SSC could not function.
Robert Platt, SSC President