Message From the President

Bruce Smith

July 1 is the date on which memberships change on SSC’s many committees, the board, and the executive. As he transitions to past president, I would particularly like to thank Robert Platt for his able stewardship of the society during the past year, and at the same time, welcome Wendy Lou as president elect. Also, thanks to Hugh Chipman who has completed his term as past president, and also a term as interim electronic services manager.  Welcome to Angelo Canty, our new electronic service manager. On behalf of the society, I would like to thank Edward Chen for his exceptional and long term service as treasurer. Edward is stepping down a year prior to the scheduled end of his current term in order to focus his energies on the upcoming Census. Patrick Brown has kindly agreed to step in to complete the current term of treasuer. I would also like to thank our outgoing regional representatives Ying Zhang, Aurelie Labbe, Lisa Lix, and Tim Swartz for their able representation of their regional constituencies. Welcome to newly elected board members. A full report on election results is located elsewhere in this issue. 

The SSC is a dynamic society, with 30+ committees, and we could not operate effectively without the substantial and generous contributions of our committee members. Many thanks to outgoing committee members for their service to the society, and welcome to new members. I have been most impressed at the willingness of individuals to serve on committees when asked.

In addition to the contributions from our volunteers, the functioning of the society depends very much on the work of our office staff—our executive assistant, Michele Benoit, who joined us in fall, 2018, and our administrative assistant, Miaclaire Woodland, who has been in this position since that time, and was previously our executive assistant. Miaclaire will be leaving us at the end of September to focus her energies full time on her graduate studies. Thank you Miaclaire, for her superb work over the past several years, and best wishes for her studies.

Our recent annual meeting in Calgary, attended by approximately 550 individuals, was a tremendous success.  Many thanks to the local arrangements committee, chaired by Alex De Leon and Karen Kopciuk, for the superb social program, and to program chair Lisa Lix, for a diverse and stimulating scientific program. The Student Research Conference, organized by co-chairs Myrtha Reyna and Anita Brobbey, was a fabulous success with 85 attendees. The Student Research Conference has become a feature of our annual meeting. Keep up the great work, students!

The Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) this year was in Denver, with Johanna Neslehova the SSC representative on the program committee. There were a number of SSC members in attendance, and I would like to thank those who kindly volunteered to sit the SSC booth and spread the good word about the SSC. Our SSC reception was well attended, and it was wonderful to meet with old friends and make new aquaintances.

Looking forward, our 2020 SSC meeting will be held May 31–June 3 at Carleton University in Ottawa, with local arrangements co-chairs Shirley Mills and Yiqiang Zhao of Carleton University, and program chair J. C. Loredo-Osti of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The 2020 JSM will be held in Philadelpha, with Ying Zhang from Acadia University as the SSC representative on the program committee.

I look forward to serving the SSC in the coming year.

Bruce Smith





Thursday, August 15, 2019

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