Statistical Consulting Skills Session | SSC Student Conference

We are pleased to introduce our three invited speakers, Janet Mcdougall, Georges Monette and Rhonda Rosychuk.  Each will present a talk on skill building in statistical consulting at the SSC Student Conference.


Janet E.A. McDougall, "The Importance of Non-Technical Skills in Enhancing Performance as a Statistical Consultant"

Janet is the President of McDougall Scientific Ltd. a company she founded in 1984 to serve the statistical and data management needs of the pharmaceutical, biotechnical and medical device industries. In this role she has designed and analyzed hundreds of clinical trials, assimilated the complex rules of the international health research, and presented to both the Canadian (TPD) and American (FDA) regulatory authorities. Prior to starting the company Janet consulted independently to academic and small pharma clients, worked as a research assistant at the Addiction Research Foundation, taught in Technology at Durham College in Oshawa, and worked in clinical research at McNeil Pharmaceutical.


She has served on the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) board as a Regional Representative, was a sitting member of the Accreditation Implementation Committee and the Professional Development Committee and acted as the Consultant’s Forum editor for the SSC publication Liaison. She has been member of the Prostate Cancer Canada Scientific Advisory Committee – Pilot Grant Programme, served as an officer for the Toronto Area Biostatistical Association (TABA) and President of the Toronto (Southern Ontario) Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA), participated in the DIA (Drug Information Association) working group during the development of the eTMF (electronic Trial Master File) Reference model, published in both applied statistical and clinical journals and lectured about applied statistics. She continues to follow the changing trends in international healthcare research and the regulations that guide it. Janet has been accredited as a Professional Statistician (P.Stat.) by both the SSC and the ASA; she received her BSc. from the University of Waterloo in 1971 and MSc. from the University of Toronto in 1977.


Georges Monette, "Chasing the Butterfly of Suppression"

Georges Monette is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at York University. He received his PhD in Statistics at the University of Toronto in 1980. He consults in many areas of statistical application, has given expert testimony on longitudinal data analysis, and teaches graduate courses and workshops on statistical consulting and applied statistics. He has been coordinator of York’s Statistical Consulting Service and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He is a current member of the Accreditation Committee and past President of the Southern Ontario Regional Association of the SSC. His current interests include statistical visualization, longitudinal data analysis, and promoting the public awareness of statistics to educators and to the public. He has been a P.Stat. since 2005.


Rhonda J. Rosychuk, "Creating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Statistical Consulting in an Academic Medical Setting"

Prof. Rosychuk is a Professor and Professional Statistician (Statistical Society of Canada, American Statistical Association) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. She holds a Health Scholar salary award from Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions and several research grants. Her research activities include statistical methods development and epidemiological studies. She provides statistical expertise on research projects, through collaboration and consultation. She founded and directs the Biostatistics Consulting Group and led the development of a statistical resource at the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute for six years. She has been involved in over 100 clinical research projects.






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