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Andrew K. Bjerring
Former President and CEO, CANARIE

As President and CEO of CANARIE Incorporated, Dr. Bjerring was instrumental in developing and providing world-class networking to every Canadian university and research organization in the country. Bjerring was a founding member and Secretary of CANARIE’s Board of Directors, and became President and CEO in October 1993, the same year the organization was formed. Prior to his appointment at CANARIE, Dr. Bjerring held various positions at Western University, including Assistant Provost, Assistant Vice President (Academic Planning and Budgeting) and Senior Director for Information Technology Services. He holds a MSc. degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD from Western University. He has been been awarded honorary Ph.D. by the University of Manitoba and the University of Victoria.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Bjerring has sat on numerous boards of directors of organizations dealing with advanced networking and related applications. He is currently Chair of Ocean Networks Canada and a member of the Board of Directors of Cybera Inc. He is also a member of the Multidisciplinary Review Panel for the Government of Alberta’s Research Capacity Program. He was a member of the Board of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority from 2000 to 2003, Chair of the Ontario Regional Network (ONet) from its founding in 1988 until 1992, and founding treasurer of CA*net Networking Inc. in 1990, and a member of the Board until 1997. Dr. Bjerring has participated on several federal government advisory councils and panels, including those dealing with Government on Line, the Canadian e-Business Initiative, the National Broadband Task Force, the BRAND program national selection committee, SchoolNet, Health Infostructure and the Community Access Program. 


Céline Le Bourdais

Professor, University McGill, and Academic director, QICSS-McGill

Céline Le Bourdais is Professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change, and is the Academic Director of the McGill branch affiliated to the Quebec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS). Trained both in demography and sociology, she has conducted a series of studies that document family changes in Québec and Canada and the repercussions of these changes on the life course of different generations of men, women and children. More recently, her research analyses the differences and similarities that exist between marriage and cohabiting unions; the impact of conjugal instability on family network and support at old age; and the role of growing cultural diversity in modifying family patterns.

Standing Members

Jacques Fauteux
Statistics Canada

Bio forthcoming




 Karen Mossman

 Vice President Research, McMaster University

 Dr. Karen Mossman currently serves as the Vice-President, Research, for McMaster University. She is a professor in pathology and molecular medicine, and prior to joining the Office of the Vice-President, Research, Karen was chair of biochemistry and biomedical sciences. She has extensive experience in both administration and research, leading a robust lab with a dozen research technicians, scientists, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students with a focus on molecular virology and cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Mossman’s research focuses on virus pathogenesis, studying how hosts respond to invading viruses – including coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-2 - and how such viruses resist such responses.


Benoit Dostie

Professor, HEC Montréal

Benoit Dostie is a full professor at the Department of applied economics of HEC Montréal, the business school affiliated with l'Université de Montréal. He is also the academic director of the Québec inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS).
He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 2001, and is a Fellow at the IZA and CIRANO. His research interests include statistical models for linked employer-employee data, duration models, returns to human capital, firm-sponsored training, productivity, turnover, and labour reallocation. His recent work has appeared in ILR Review, Industrial Relations, the IZA World of Labor, Journal of Economic & Management Strategy, and the Journal of Human Capital.

Daniel Silver
Professor, University of Toronto

Daniel Silver is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research areas are social theory, cities, culture, and cultural policy. He is co-editor of The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy and author of Scenescapes: how qualities of place shape social life. Additionally, he was editor and co-author of reports on the cultural sectors in Toronto and Chicago: From the Ground Up: Growing Toronto's Creative Sector and Chicago. Professor Silver was the recipient of the 2013 Theory Prize, and received an honorable mention for the 2015 Junior Theorist Award, both from the American Sociological Association Theory Section. He co-edits Theory, the Newsletter of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on sociological theory. His current research examines the role of arts and culture in city politics, economics, and residential patterns; the enduring political orders of cities; the use of diagrams and figures in social theory; and international variations in how sociological theory is taught.  Silver is also a core participant in The Scenes Project.


Michael Veall
Professor, McMaster University

Michael Veall is a Professor of Economics at McMaster University, Academic Director of the McMaster RDC, Principal Investigator for the CRDCN, as well as Director and Principal Investigator of the Productivity Partnership, a research group funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant.
He has been a von Humboldt fellow at the University of Munich and an honorary professor at the University of York. He is a co-winner of the Purvis Prize for a work of excellence relating to Canadian economic policy and of the Vanderkamp Prize for the best article in 2005 in Canadian Public Policy, a journal he now serves as Editor. He was President of the Canadian Economics Association in 2011-12. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Mannheim, Australian National University and Queen’s University.

Rotating Members - Academic Directors

Ted McDonald
Professor, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Ted McDonald is a Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Commerce in Economics from the University of Melbourne. Dr. McDonald was designated a UNB Research Scholar for 2012-2014 and has been PI or co-PI on over $1.5 million of research funding since 2009. He is the Academic Director of the NB Research Data Centre, the Director of the NB Institute for Research, Data and Training and the New Brunswick lead for the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit.

His main areas of research and expertise include the health status and health services use of immigrants, rural residents, minority groups and other subpopulations, as well as an ongoing program of research on the socioeconomic and demographic determinants of cancer. He has also researched extensively on immigrant labour market issues. He has published his work in a broad range of academic journals including Social Science and Medicine, Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Public Policy, Oral Oncology, Thyroid, and the Canadian Journal on Aging. He also co-edited a book on immigration in Canada published by McGill-Queen’s University Press and has co-written a chapter on high skilled immigration in a volume of the Elsevier Economics Handbook Series entitled ‘Economics of International Migration’.


Rotating Members - External 

Janet Halliwell
Principal, J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc

Janet Halliwell is the Principal of J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc, a company established to offer value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D.  Recent projects include advising on, and chairing the majority of, the Outcomes Measurement Study reviews for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI); design of a conceptual framework for the measurement of economic impacts for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; work with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council on research relating to the Digital Economy; policy and program development for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) for the Tri-Council; and developing a handbook on the governance and management of “big science” for federal agencies.
Janet currently serves on the Board of Directors of Genome BC, the Fields Institute for Mathematics and the Advisory Council of the Cluster on Population Change and Lifecourse. In the summer 2008 she assumed the Chair of CASRAI (Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration). She also chairs the International Oversight Committee for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging on behalf of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).In April 2007 Janet retired from many years of public service – serving in her final years  as Executive Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), where she had responsibility for corporate affairs, including governance, strategic planning, government relations, and performance measurement.  Janet also acted as Chief Operating Officer of SSHRC from September 2005 to August 2006 in the absence of a full time President.

From 1975-1996 Janet served the research and academic communities in other executive, management and advisory positions. She was Chair of the Nova Scotia Council on Higher Education (1992-1996), Chair of the Science Council of Canada (1990-1992) and an officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (through to 1990).  In a consulting capacity from 1996 to 2001, Janet was active in a diversity of areas of science and technology policy.
Janet holds degrees from Queen's University and the University of British Columbia.  She has received honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities and is a recipient of the Walter Hitschfeld Prize for university research administration.


Judy Huber
Vice President, World Wide Analytics Deployment, IBM
Director, IBM Canada Laboratory

Judy Huber is the Vice President, World Wide Analytics Deployment at IBM. In this role, she is responsible for the world wide deployment of IBM Analytics products, working with customers to achieve business value outcomes from our software.
In her role as Director, IBM Canada Laboratory, Judy leads a large cross Canada team of software professionals with worldwide development missions in all of IBM’s software units delivering innovative software solutions to clients around the globe.  The portfolios developed, supported, and deployed by this team are key components of IBM’s Cognitive and Cloud strategy.
Prior to this role, Judy has held a number of professional and executive positions in Canada and in Silicon Valley across IBM Software leading global development teams including; Vice President Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing Development, Vice President, Cross SWG Appliance Development, Vice President, WebSphere Business Process Management and DataPower.  Judy holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. In 2002, Judy received the Tribute to Women in Industry award from the YWCA of Santa Clara Valley, California.

Kathleen Morris
Vice-president, Research and Analysis, CIHI

Kathleen Morris is the vice president of Research and Analysis. She provides leadership for an integrated program of health services and population health initiatives, including indicator development, web-based performance reporting and analytical reports. She also has responsibility for the data standards and quality analysis that underpin CIHI’s work. Ms. Morris initially worked with CIHI as a consultant for major database renewal and e-strategy development and implementation. In 2009, she joined CIHI as an employee, and she most recently held the position of director of Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues. Prior to joining CIHI, Kathleen led strategic and operational projects for hospitals, health regions and governments across the country. She has considerable experience as a volunteer board member. She has an MBA from Queen’s University and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.


Lars Vilhuber
Cornell University

Lars Vilhuber is a member of the Department of Economics at Cornell University, Executive Director of ILR’s Labor Dynamics Institute, a Senior Research Associate at the ILR School at Cornell University, Ithaca, and affiliated with the U.S. Census Bureau (Center for Economic Studies, CES). He is Data Editor of the American Economic Association, and Managing Editor of the Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality; Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Centre d’accès sécurisé aux données (CASD) in France, Senior Advisor of the New York Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (NYRDC) in the U.S.
His research interests lie in the dynamics of the labor market: working with highly detailed longitudinally linked data, he has analyzed the effects and causes of mass layoffs, worker mobility, and the interaction between housing and the local labor market. Over the years, he has also gained extensive expertise on the data needs of economists and other social scientists, having been involved in the creation and maintenance of several data systems designed with analysis, publication, replicability, and maintenance of large-scale code bases in mind. His research in statistical disclosure limitation issues is a direct consequence of his profound interest in making data available in a multitude of formats to the broadest possible audience. His knowledge about various data enclave systems comes from both personal experience and the desire to improve the experience of others.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Université de Montréal, having previously studied economics at the Universität Bonn and the Fernuniversität Hagen in Germany. He has worked in both academic and government research positions, and continues to consult and collaborate with government and statistical agencies in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Ex-Officio Member

Martin S. Taylor
Executive Director, CRDCN

In April 2016, Martin Taylor began a five year term as Executive Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network. He is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Victoria, adjunct professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.
From 2007-2012, he served as Founding President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, the not for profit agency responsible for the management and development of the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatories. Prior to that, he was the University of Victoria’s first Vice-President Research (1998-2007). He has extensive governance experience and currently chairs the boards of Community Based Research Canada and the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of the board of the Homewood Research Institute and serves on the research management committee of MEOPAR. Past appointments include: the federal Council of Science and Technology Advisors; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada board; TRIUMF Board of Management; Michael Smith Health Research Foundation board; and the board of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Ocean Strategic Network. He served on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the assessment of Canadian ocean science (2012-13).
Prior to his appointment at UVic, Martin Taylor was on the faculty at McMaster University (1974-98), where his responsibilities included: chair of Geography (1991-97); founding director of the Institute of Environment and Health (1990-96); and Acting VP Research (1994-95). He holds a BA (Hons Geography) from Bristol University and an MA and PhD in Geography from UBC. A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, he is the author of two books and over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field of environmental and community health. Recent consultancies include: Canada Foundation for Innovation; Genome Canada; Compute Canada; Lakehead University; Wilfrid Laurier University; and the University of Victoria.