2019 SSC Elections

In compliance with the SSC By-Laws, the Election Committee is publishing a list of candidates for positions on the Executive and Board of Directors that will become vacant on July 1, 2019. In addition, candidates for positions on the Executives of the Sections, and for positions on the Accreditation and Accreditation Appeals Committees are also provided. The biographical sketches for all candidates follow. Electronic voting will commence on or before April 15th.

MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
(Three-year Terms)

PRESIDENT-ELECT
(President, 2020-21; Past President, 2021-22)
Wendy Lou, University of Toronto

Wendy Lou is a Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, and Head of the Division of Biostatistics at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.   She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the Canada Research Chair in Statistical Methods for Health Care.  Her research has focused on the development of statistical methodology for the study of chronic conditions and quality improvement, as well as on biomedical applications of the distribution theory of runs and patterns.  Among her professional services, she has served as Member of the Regional Advisory Board for ENAR of the International Biometric Society, President of the Southern Ontario Chapter of ASA, Council of Chapters Representative on the Board of Directors of ASA, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS).  She has served on the SSC Board of Directors as Ontario Regional Representative (2006-08), Public Relations Officer (2008-09), and Publications Officer (2009-2013), and was the Program Chair for SSC2009.  She looks forward to continuing to serve the SSC.
 

PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
David Campbell, Simon Fraser University

Dave is an Associate Professor in Statistics at Simon Fraser University.  He has a BSc in Environmental Science from SFU, a MSc in Statistics from Dalhousie and a PhD in Statistics from McGill University.  Dave has served as the SSC Public Relations Officer for the past 3 years.   Dave is a co-organizer of a 3500 member Vancouver Learn Data Science meetup group.  He works on statistical computing, Bayesian models, statistics for applied mathematics problems, and industrial research collaborations using text, image, and video data. 
 

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(Two-Year Terms)

ATLANTIC PROVINCES
(One to be Elected)

Candemir Cigsar, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Candemir Cigsar is an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 2010. After a postdoctoral period in Toronto and working as a biostatistician in the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, he joined the faculty of Memorial University in June 2013. Candemir's current research interests lie in event history analysis pertaining to analysis of time-to-events, analysis of recurrent events, and multi-state modeling. The intrinsic motivation for his scholarly interests has been statistical issues arising from different disciplines such as medicine, public health, genetics and industry. Candemir has publications in scientific journals including Annals of Applied Statistics, Technometrics and Genetic Epidemiology.  
 

Wilson Lu, Acadia University

Wilson Lu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Acadia University. Wilson received his PhD in 2004 under Dr. Randy Sitter's supervision, and continued to work at Simon Fraser University as a PIMS Postdoc supervised by Dr. Derek Bingham. Wilson's main research interests are in the areas of complex surveys, resampling methods, calibration weights, and missing data.
 

QUÉBEC  
(Two to be Elected)

Karim Oualkacha, Université du Québec à Montréal

Karim Oualkacha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He received BSc in Mathematics and MSc in Statistics and Operational Research from the University of Caddi Ayyad (Marrakesh), and MSc and PhD in Statistics from Laval University. His research interests are in the statistical challenges of sparse high-dimensional data and dependence modeling with applications in the area of statistical genetics. Karim has been involved with the SSC since 2012. Among others, he has served as a member of the Student Travel Grants Committee from 2012 to 2015, and he is the institutional representative of UQAM within the SSC, since 2016.

Jean-François Plante, HEC Montréal

Jean-François Plante is an Associate Professor at HEC Montréal. He has been involved in the SSC continuously since 2009. He is currently the managing editor of The Canadian Journal of Statistics and a Québec Representative on the board of the SSC. From 2013 to 2016 he served as Public Relations Officer, being de facto a member of the Executive Committee and of the Board. Jean-François received his training from Laval University (BSc, MSc), the University of British Columbia (PhD) and the University of Toronto (postdoc). He also spent a sabbatical at the University of Waterloo. His current research interests focus on statistical methods for distributed (big) data and applications of statistical learning. 

Alexandra Schmidt, McGill University

Alexandra M. Schmidt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. Before taking the position at McGill she was a Professor in Statistics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received a PhD  in Statistics in 2001 from the University of Sheffield, UK, where she was supervised by Anthony O'Hagan. In 2001-2002 she did a post-doc with Alan E. Gelfand at the University of Connecticut, USA. Her main area of research is the development of flexible spatial and spatio-temporal models. In 2017 she was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Medal of ASA's Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR). In 2010 she became an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), and in 2008 she was awarded the Abdel El-Shaarawi Young Investigator Award of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES). Over the past decade she has been very active in the international statistical scenario. She has experience serving several scientific societies in different capacities. Currently, she is the Program Chair of the Statistics in the Environment Section of the ASA and Chair of the Environment Sciences Section of The International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA).  She was President-Elect (2014), President (2015), and Past-President (2016) of ISBA. During her term as President of ISBA she encouraged the creation of the Section on Bayesian Education Research and Practice, the creation of the ISBA’s Eastern Asian Chapter, and the realization of the first ISBA world meeting in China, which will be held in 2020. She also served ISBA as Program Chair in 2010 and member of the Board from 2007 to 2009. She was member of the Board of the Brazilian Statistical Society from 2006 to 2010. She is the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2022 ISBA World Meeting which will be held in Montreal.
 

ONTARIO
(Two to be Elected)

Elif Acar, Hospital for Sick Children

Elif Acar is a Senior Biostatistician at the Hospital for Sick Children and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Manitoba and University of Toronto. Her research interests include multivariate statistics, nonparametric inference, statistical genetics and survival analysis. She received her MSc degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 and her PhD degree from the University of Toronto in 2010. Upon completion of her PhD, she was awarded the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Statistics for 2010-2012. She has been a member of the SSC since 2010 and served in the SSC New Investigators Committee between 2012-15.

Xu (Sunny) Wang, Wilfrid Laurier University

Xu (Sunny) Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining Laurier, Sunny taught Statistics at St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada), where she received the University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016. Sunny received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). Sunny's current research focuses on automating statistical learning and data mining tools for complex data classification problems including compound structures and high dimensional time series from medical and financial fields. Sunny has been very active in the SSC since the beginning of her profession. She was the local representative at St. Francis Xavier University, and has served on many SSC committees including Education Committee, Finance Committee, Case Study Award Committee, and the treasure for Section of Statistical Education. Sunny devotes herself to the Statistical Education, and has been nominated as the President-elect for the Section of Education for 2019-2020. With passion and enthusiasm, Sunny would like to continue serving the SSC.

Bethany White, University of Toronto|

Bethany White is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her research interests involve the impact of simulation and technology-enhanced activities on student learning and attitudes toward statistics and, most recently, the preparation of students to appropriately use and interpret statistics in life sciences research. She currently sits on the SSC Board of Directors as an Ontario Regional Representative (2016-2018) and served on the SSC Statistical Education Section Executive Committee between 2013-2016 (President of the Section for 2014-2015). She is also currently on the editorial team of the American Statistical Association’s Journal of Statistics Education and has made contributions on organizing committees of statistics and science education workshops and conferences in Canada and the US.

Leilei Zeng, University of Waterloo|

Leilei Zeng’s interest lies in the development of statistical methodologies for life history and longitudinal studies, the design of clinical trials and epidemiological studies, incomplete observation and missing data problems, and model misspecification and evaluation. Much of this work has been motivated by direct applications to important practical problems in medical and public health research. Her current main research applications are in modelling progression and comorbidity in chronic diseases and associated risk factors. Dr. Zeng has been involved with the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) during  her career. She served on the SSC Committee on Women in Statistics (COWIS),  she was the SSC COWIS representative at the American Statistical Association and at the Caucus for Women in Statistics. Dr. Zeng is a member of the Board of Directors of SSC as the Ontario Representative since 2017.
 

MANITOBA - SASKATCHEWAN - NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - NUNAVUT
(One to be Elected)

Cindy Feng, University of Saskatchewan

Cindy Feng is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. She received both her MSc and PhD from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the Simon Fraser University. Her current research interests lie in statistical methods for modeling correlated non-normal data, model diagnosis tools for non-normal regression models and statistical methods for health services research. Cindy is current a member of SSC Committee on Women in Statistics and a steering committee member for Saskatchewan CANSSI Health Science Collaborating Centre.

Yang Zhao, University of Regina

Yang Zhao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Regina, where she joined as an Assistant Professor in 2005.  She completed MSc degree in Statistics from Victoria University in 2000 and PhD degree in Statistics from the University of Waterloo in 2005.  Her research focuses mainly on inference for regression models with missing data.  She has served on the organizing committee of the annual meeting of the Prairie Network of Research in the Mathematical Science (PNRMS) in 2011 and Young Investigators Committee during 2010 – 2013, has organized invited paper sessions at ICSA-Canada Chapter 2015 Symposium.  Yang is currently serving CANSSI Health Sciences Committee at Saskatchewan Health Science Collaborating Centre.
 

ALBERTA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - YUKON
(One to be Elected)

Jinko Graham, Simon Fraser University

Jinko Graham is a Professor of Statistics at Simon Fraser University. She obtained an MSc in Statistics from University of British Columbia and a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the US National Institute of Statistical Sciences and North Carolina State University, she joined the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University and has been there ever since. Her research focuses on statistical genomics and is funded by NSERC. She is particularly interested in how variation in the DNA sequences of individuals reflects their underlying genealogical relationships. These relationships can tell us about our ancestry and origins. They can also tell us about individual predisposition to inherited traits, and so are of use in mapping the genomic location of DNA variants that contribute to disease traits. She has enjoyed the SSC Meetings since her days as a Master's student and looks forward to connecting with colleagues and supporting the work of the Society.

Wanhua Su, MacEwan University

Wanhua Su is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at MacEwan University located in downtown Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests involve data mining, biostatistics, and Bayesian statistics. Wanhua received her BSc in Applied Math from East China Normal University, MSc in Statistics from National University of Singapore, and PhD in Statistics from the University of Waterloo. Wanhua has been actively serving on a variety of committees at the department, institution, and community levels. She is currently a member of the SSC Committee on Women in Statistics.  
 

SECTION EXECUTIVES

ACTUARIAL SCIENCE SECTION EXECUTIVE
(Three-year terms; 2019-22)

PRESIDENT-ELECT
(President, 2020-21; Past President, 2021-22)

Hélène Cossette, Université Laval

Hélène Cossette began her academic career in 1996 and is now Full Professor at the School of Actuarial Science at Laval University. Her teaching and research interests are probability theory, dependence modeling and risk theory. She is co-director of the research lab ACT&RISK and member of the research center CRDM on big data. She is presently director of the CRM actuarial and financial mathematics research laboratory (Quantact). She has published some fifty scientific papers. She has supervised nine PhD students and more than fifteen master’s students. She is heavily implicated in the graduate studies at the Actuarial School where she has now been director for eight years. 

SECRETARY 

Xuemiao (Samuel) Hao, University of Manitoba

Xuemiao Hao is an Associate Professor at the Warren Centre for Actuarial Studies and Research, I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. He received his PhD degree in statistics from University of Iowa in 2009. Before that he obtained his Master's degree in statistics from University of Toronto in 2003. His current research is focused on extreme event modeling, credit risk management, and health insurance.


BIOSTATISTICS SECTION EXECUTIVE 
(Three-year terms; 2019-22)

PRESIDENT-ELECT 
(President, 2020-21; Past President, 2021-22]

Aurélie Labbe, HEC Montréal

Aurélie Labbe has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at HEC Montréal since September 2016. After completing her PhD in Statistics at the University of Waterloo in 2005, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Laval University from 2005 to 2009, and Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University until 2016. Her research focuses mainly on high-dimensional data with complex correlation structure, with applications in the areas of statistical genetics and intelligent transport (road safety). Aurélie was involved in the SSC as a Quebec Regional Representative on the board of directors, member of the Student Travel Grants, the CJS Award Committee and the Bilingualism Committee.

SECRETARY 

Geneviève Lefebvre, Université du Québec à Montréal

Geneviève Lefebvre is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Université du Québec à Montréal, which she joined in 2008. Geneviève received her Ph.D in statistics from McGill University in 2007 and completed her studies with a postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia. Since the beginning of her career, Geneviève has been involved with the SSC as a member of the New Investigators Committee, as regional representative for Quebec and as chair of the bilingualism committee. Her main research interests are in biostatistics and computational statistics, with an emphasis on applied methodology.


BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL STATISTICS SECTION EXECUTIVE
(Three-year terms; 2019-22)

PRESIDENT-ELECT
(President, 2020-21; Past President, 2021-22)

Sanjeena Dang, Binghamton University

Sanjeena Dang is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Binghamton University (State University of New York). She obtained her PhD in Statistics from University of Guelph in 2012. Her research focuses on clustering and classification of high dimensional data with applications in bioinformatics. She has been involved in the Statistical Society of Canada as a secretary for the Business and Industrial Statistics Section since 2016.

SECRETARY

Kathryn Mills, Canada Revenue Agency

Kathryn Mills is currently the Manager of Advanced Analytics in the Innovation Lab at the Canada Revenue Agency. There she leads a team of Data Scientists in collaborating on innovative data projects in support of service and compliance. Prior to joining the CRA in 2014, Kathryn led an advanced analytics unit at the Canada Border Services Agency (2010-2014), was a cryptologic scientist with the Communications Security Establishment (2004-2010), and worked as a hardware engineer and developer at Nortel and Catena Networks.  She holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. specializing in Applied Statistics, both from Carleton University. Her experience in industry and government has afforded her the opportunity to directly apply her academic knowledge and contribute to evidence-based decision-making. She has provided briefings to Assistant Deputy Ministers and Deputy Ministers on the use of analytics, data mining, and information visualization in their respective departments. Kathryn is also the Past President for the Statistical Society of Ottawa.


PROBABILITY SECTION EXECUTIVE
(Three-year terms; 2019-22)

PRESIDENT-ELECT
(President, 2020-21; Past President, 2021-22)

Mary Thompson, University of Waterloo

Mary Thompson is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of Waterloo, where she has been a member of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science since 1969. She holds a BSc degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her research areas of interest include inference for stochastic processes, statistical estimation theory, biostatistics and survey methods.  She was Treasurer of the SSC in 1985-1987, President of the Survey Methods Section in 1993-1994, and President of the SSC in 2003-2004. She currently chairs the SSC Fundraising Committee.

SECRETARY

Sévérien Nkurunziza, University of Windsor

Sévérien Nkurunziza is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Windsor. He joined the department in July 2005 as an Assistant Professor, after completing his PhD in statistics at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His research topics include the stochastic modeling of ecological systems, models with breakpoints, shrinkage-type estimators and asymptotic theory. In particular, he focuses on statistical methods that may have applications in survival analysis, in financial mathematics as well as in brain imaging. He has been funded by NSERC since 2006. Finally, since July 1, 2016, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Probability Section as Secretary. 


STATISTICAL EDUCATION SECTION EXECUTIVE
(Three-year terms; 2019-22)

PRESIDENT-ELECT
(President, 2020-21; Past President, 2021-22)

Xu (Sunny) Wang, Wilfrid Laurier University

Xu (Sunny) Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining Laurier, Sunny taught Statistics at St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada), where she received the University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016. Sunny received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). Sunny's current research focuses on automating statistical learning and data mining tools for complex data classification problems including compound structures and high dimensional time series from medical and financial fields. Sunny has been very active in the SSC since the beginning of her profession. She was the local representative at St. Francis Xavier University, and has served on many SSC committees including Education Committee, Finance Committee, Case Study Award Committee, and the treasure for Section of Statistical Education. Sunny devotes herself to the Statistical Education, and has been nominated as the President-elect for the Section of Education for 2019-2020. With passion and enthusiasm, Sunny would like to continue serving the SSC. 

SECRETARY

Karen Buro, MacEwan University

Karen Buro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at MacEwan University and has been the chair of the department since 2013. She holds a PhD in Mathematics from Aachen University in Germany. Karen is passionate about statistics education, she has been instrumental in the introduction of the Applied Statistics degree at MacEwan and is a member of the Canadian Curriculum Working Group. Her research interests are in the mathematics of electoral systems and she is very active in statistical consultation with clients from a wide range of disciplines.


SURVEY METHODS SECTION EXECUTIVE

PRESIDENT-ELECT
(President, 2020-21; Past President, 2021-22)

Zilin Wang, Wilfrid Laurier University

Zilin Wang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She received her PhD degree in Statistics from the University of Western Ontario in 2004. She served as the Treasurer (2004-2013) and President (2010-2013) of ASA Chapter of the Southern Ontario Regional Association. Her research areas include survey sampling, environmental statistics, resampling techniques, and statistical modelling in finance.

SECRETARY
(Two-year term; 2019)

Golshid Chatrchi, Carleton University

Golshid Chatrchi is a mathematical statistician at Statistics Canada. She holds a MSc degree in Statistics from Carleton University. She is currently working in the Social Statistics Methods Division as a senior methodologist. Her research interests include small area estimation and sampling. She has served the Statistical Society of Canada as the Secretary of the Survey Methods Section (SMS) since 2017.
 


ACCREDITATION PROGRAM COMMITTEES
(Three-year terms; 2019-22)

ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE 
(Four to be elected)

Alomgir Hossain, University of Ottawa Heart Institute  

Alomgir Hossain, P.Stat. received his MSc in Mathematics from Concordia University and MMATH (Statistics) and PhD in Biostatistics from University of Saskatchewan. Alomgir is currently working as a Scientist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and, Assistant Professor at the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa. Alomgir is also appointed as a Research Fellow at Institute for Clinical Evaluation Sciences (ICES).  Alomgir began to work as a consulting Biostatistician at the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council before move to the University of Ottawa. Alomgir’s areas of research interest include population health using large administrative databases, RCTs, Complex Survey Databases, Network Meta-analysis (NMA) using aggregated data (AD) and individual patient data (IPD)  based on systematic reviews.

John Koval, Western University

John Koval is Professor Emeritus (Biostatistics) in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario. His research on correlated logistic regression models was funded by NSERC, and he was principal investigator in a 10-year cohort study of psychosocial factors in smoking in adolescents and young adults, funded by the National Cancer Institute of Canada. He has been an SSC member since the early 80's and an accredited member since early in the accreditation program. He was Treasurer of the Biostatistics section from 2000 to 2007, Treasurer of the SSC from 2009 to 2014. and Ontario representative from 2014 to 2016.  

Peter Macdonald, McMaster University

Peter Macdonald studied at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford. He joined McMaster University in 1971, retiring as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics in 2010. He has held numerous offices in the SSC, including Program Chair 1980, Treasurer 1981-1984, Liaison Managing Editor 1988-1991, President-Elect 1989-1990, President 1990-1991, Past President 1991-1992, Local Arrangements Chair 2002, Web Editor 2000-2008, Electronic Services Manager 2007-2008, Accreditation Appeals Committee 2012-2014, Electronic Communications Manager 2013-2017, and was awarded the SSC Service Award in 1989.

Elmabrok Masaoud, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Elmabrok Masaoud is a Senior Statistician at Canadian Food Inspection Agency.  He has BSc degrees in statistics, an MSc in Statistics from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and a PhD in Biostatistics from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of Biostatistics, School of Epidemiology and Public Health,  University of Ottawa and member of Faculty of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies, University of Ottawa. Elmabrok previously served as the President of Graduate Student Association at University of Prince Edward Island (2005-2006) and the Prince Edward Island's representative for the Canadian Federation of Students (2006-2007). Elmabrok consults with data users, processors, and evaluators on study design, sampling, statistical data analyses and reporting. He reviews and appraises the adequacy and validity of applied probability models, sampling and laboratory protocols and claim submissions.  His research focuses mainly on the statistical models for observational data, typically extracted from registers of routinely recordings in health including human, animal and food data.

Jenna Sykes, St. Michael's Hospital

Jenna Sykes, P.Stat, is a Research Biostatistician in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Her current research focus is on international comparisons of survival in CF. Prior to joining the St. Michael’s team in 2014, she spent four years working as a Biostatistician in cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital. She is a co-author of more than 60 publications to date. Jenna received her M. Math in Statistics-Biostatistics and her B. Math from the University of Waterloo. She is keen to become more engaged with the greater SSC community and would love to be involved in the accreditation process.
 

ACCREDITATION APPEALS COMMITTEE
(Two to be elected)  

Cheryl Gibbons, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Cheryl is the Senior Statistician at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. She was appointed to build and lead a team of statisticians, the Trend Analysis Unit, to monitor the food safety of Ready-to-Eat meat. Within five months of her tenure, the first two statisticians were hired, and within the first nine months $262K in funding was approved to build a statistically based Information-Management-Information-Technology food-safety monitoring system. Cheryl has worked on some of the most exciting projects within the statistical landscape, including proteomics (development of Rapid Tests to identify Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), patents (animal vaccines and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in plant health), and trade agreements (World Trade Organization, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement and the Canada-US guidelines on Potato Cyst Nematode).  Her work includes award-winning research with multi-disciplinary teams and preparing statistical interns for careers in Statistics and Medicine.  She is fluent in English, French, SAS and S-plus.

Banibrata Roy, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Banibrata Roy is presently the Director of Quality Improvement and Accreditation at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba and has been working in the field of higher education for the last 28 years as Faculty, Researcher, Consultant and Administrator in three countries – India, Canada and USA. Prior to that, he worked as Director of Institutional Research, Strategic Planning and Assessment at two institutions in USA, Shawnee Community College in Illinois and Community College of Aurora in Denver, Colorado, other than several teaching assignments in Statistics. His other experiences include teaching as Biostatistics Faculty and Senior Assessment Specialist at the School of Pharmacy, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey; Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Manitoba; Senior Statistical Consultant at Manitoba Bureau of Statistics; Statistics/Epidemiology Faculty at Red River College and Humber College and Senior Research Psychometrician at MultiHealth Systems. Prior to that, he worked as Professor in Statistics for 23 years at the M.S. University of Baroda, India.

Dr. Roy is a hardcore statistician having a P.Stat. and BS, MS, MPhil, PhD degrees in Statistics. He has a wide range of publications in Industrial Statistics, Biostatistics, Sampling, Program Evaluation, and Dementia. He has a strong expertise in Educational Measurement and Database Administration, designing data-driven program evaluation skills in psychometric analysis, research design, reliability and validity.

On a more personal note, Dr. Roy has interest in philately, playing chess, soccer, swimming and a huge passion for teaching complex principles of Statistics in a lucid, entertaining way, integrating software induced pedagogy.

Jill Vandermeerschen, Université du Québec à Montréal

Jill Vandermeerschen, P.Stat, holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from Concordia University and an MSc in Statistics from Université de Montréal. She has worked for just over ten years as a university research consultant. She started her career as a statistician for the Research Chair in Addiction at the University of Sherbrooke. Since 2013, she has been senior consultant and coordinator of the data analysis consultancy service at University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). Jill is currently a member of the Accreditation Services Committee.


THE SSC ELECTION COMMITTEE 2018-19

Hugh Chipman, Chair and SSC Past-President, Acadia University
Sylvia Esterby, UBC Okanagan
David Haziza, Université de Montréal
Cyntha Struthers, University of Waterloo
Kevin Keen, University of Northern British Columbia
Yi Lu, Simon Fraser University
Joel Dubin, University of Waterloo
Shirley Mills, Carleton University
Richard Lockhart, Simon Fraser University
Bruce Dunham, University of British Columbia
Mahmoud Torabi, University of Manitoba

Friday, February 1, 2019

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