Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute

Donald Estep has been appointed as CANSSI’s new scientific director. He is University Distinguished Professor and University Interdisciplinary Research Scholar at Colorado State University and will be taking up his new position at Simon Fraser University this summer. For full details, see the CANSSI website:

Yogendra Chaubey will be the new regional director for CANSSI Quebec. He is a full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Concordia University. CANSSI Quebec is our new regional node located at Concordia. We’re looking forward to ramping up our activities in Quebec.

CANSSI welcomes Valérie Bécaert (Element AI), Donald Estep (Simon Fraser University), Lisa Lix (University of Manitoba), and Laxmi Sushama (McGill University) to our board of directors. Arvind Gupta (University of Toronto), Paul Kovacs (Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University), and Adrian Levy (Dalhousie University) return to the board for a second term. Learn more about all of them on our site.

Board members Charmaine Dean (University of Waterloo), Alexandre Leblanc (University of Manitoba), and Mary Thompson (University of Waterloo) are completing their terms. Thanks are due to all of them for their efforts on behalf of CANSSI. Charmaine’s strategic thinking has been a real asset both on the board and the governance and board nominating committee. Alex served on the board since its inception. In addition, he’s been the associate director for Manitoba and the chair of the board nominating committee for the last several years. Mary was CANSSI’s first director and has contributed so much to CANSSI that it cannot be summarized here. Most recently as the chair of the health science committee, she has very ably led the development of work in this area, establishing and coordinating the network of 11 Health Science Collaborating Centres.

Erica Moodie (McGill University) and Paul McNicholas (McMaster University) have concluded their terms as associate directors for Quebec and Ontario respectively. We’d like to thank Erica for her help developing CANSSI Quebec and Paul for his leadership on the data science committee.

Nancy Reid (University of Toronto) has stepped down as scientific director of CANSSI. We owe her a great deal of thanks for her leadership, dedication, and commitment. Her efforts have helped CANSSI grow and put us in an excellent position moving forward. Nancy remains on the board of directors for another year. We’re not letting her go that easily!

New Collaborative Research Teams for 2019

CANSSI is pleased to announce two new collaborative research teams that started in 2019.

Statistical Methods for the Analysis of Genetic Data with Survival Outcomes will be led by Lajmi Lakhal-Chaieb, Université Laval; Richard Cook, University of Waterloo; and Laurent Briollais, Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.

Contingent Capital and Calibration of Capital Structure Models will be led by Mark Reesor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Hatem Ben-Ameur, HEC Montreal; and Adam Metzler, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Both teams will collaborate for three years. The aim of CANSSI’s Collaborative Research Team Program is to enable cross-disciplinary collaborations and training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.


CANSSI National Headquarters Grand Opening

CANSSI’s headquarters at Simon Fraser University opened in Dec. 2018. We kicked off with a public lecture by Jeffrey Rosenthal: “The Puzzle of Luck.” The next day, we celebrated the official launch. A series of Lightning Talks showcased CANSSI projects. The speakers and audiences at Dalhousie University, McGill University, Western University, the University of Manitoba, and Simon Fraser University took part via webcast. You can see a video of the event here.


Upcoming Deadlines


Thursday, August 8, 2019

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