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Chair of the Board

Andrew K. Bjerring
Chair of the Board, CRDCN

Andrew Bjerring spent eighteen years in academic and administrative positions at the University of Western Ontario. He was a founding member of the Board of CANARIE Inc. in 1993 and was President and CEO until his retirement in October 2008. Since then he has remained involved in research management and governance, including spells as Chair of the Boards of Directors of CRDCN and Ocean Networks Canada. He also chaired the Council of Canadian Academies expert panel on timely access to health data


Céline Le Bourdais

Distinguished James McGill Professor, McGill University

Céline Le Bourdais is Distinguished James McGill Professor of Sociology at McGill University. Often motivated by public policy issues, her research examines the profound demographic changes that families have experienced in Quebec and Canada over the last 50 years, using Statistics Canada’s rich survey and administrative datasets housed in Research Data Centres (RDC). A former Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change, Céline Le Bourdais is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and, in 2013, she received the Canadian Population Society Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of demography in Canada and the Thérèse Gouin-Décarie Award from the ‘Association francophone pour le savoir’ (ACFAS) for exceptional contribution to the field of social sciences. Céline Le Bourdais was the founding Academic Director of the Quebec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) that comprises five RDCs located on university campuses across the province and the founding Academic Director of McGill RDC. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) to which QICSS belongs, and a member of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council.


Jacques Fauteux
Assistant Chief Statistician - Strategic Engagement, Statistics Canada

Jacques Fauteux is the Assistant Chief Statistician of the Strategic Engagement Field and the Official Languages Champion at Statistics Canada. Before his current role, Jacques established and led VIA Rail's government and community relations office. He also served close to 25 years as a naval officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, where he managed the complex operations of a naval warship and directed public affairs teams in Canada as well as international operations. For nearly seven years, Jacques worked as a deputy director in the Prime Minister's Office, and as a director or chief of staff in the offices of ministers responsible for transport, infrastructure, economic development, national defence, Veterans affairs and the Asia–Pacific Gateway. Jacques holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, an Honours Bachelor of Arts (politics and history) from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a public relations certificate from Ryerson University. He presently volunteers as a board member for the Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation and the World Remembers

 Karen Mossman

 Vice President Research, McMaster University

 Dr. Karen Mossman is the Vice-President, Research of McMaster University. Prior to serving as VPR, Dr. Mossman was the Associate Vice-President (Research) for McMaster University (also served as Acting VPR from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 and June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) and former Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Mossman completed a PhD in Biochemistry and a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Virology at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is currently a professor with tenure and holds an appointment in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and is an associate member of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Mossman has made seminal contributions to the understanding of how cells sense viral infections, and in turn, how viruses evade detection by host cells. More recently, her efforts have also focused on development of “oncolytics” — therapeutic viruses used to fight cancer. She is a member of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and the McMaster Immunology Research Center.

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 is a Fellow at the Institute for the study of labor (IZA) in Germany and fellow at CIRANO where he is the main researcher for the theme Innovation and Digital Transformation and Responsible for the CIRANO Pole on the Socio-economic Impacts of Digital Innovation and AI.He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 2001, and 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 work has appeared in numerous scientific journals like in ILR Review, Industrial Relations, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Human Capital, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Daniel Silver
Professor, University of Toronto

Daniel Silver is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and Academic Director of the Toronto Region Statistics Canada Research Data Centre. His research interests include urban sociology, sociological theory, and the sociology of culture.



Michael Veall
Principal Investigator, McMaster University

Mike Veall is Professor of Economics at McMaster University. He is also Academic Director of the McMaster Research Data Centre, Principal Investigator of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network and Director of the Productivity Partnership. He has been a von Humboldt fellow at the University of Mannheim and the University of Munich, an honorary professor at the University of York and a visiting scholar at the University of Canterbury and the University of Western Australia. Publications include articles in the American Economic Review, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the Canadian Tax Journal, Econometrica and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. 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 the journal Canadian Public Policy, a journal he now edits. He was President of the Canadian Economics Association in 2011-12.

Ted McDonald
Professor of Economics & Director NB-IRDT, University of New Brunswick

Ted McDonald is a Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the founding Director of the NB Institute for Research, Data and Training, New Brunswick’s only provincial administrative data centre. He is the Chair of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network Academic Council, he is a member of the CRDCN Board, and he is the Academic Director of the NB Statistics Canada Research Data Centre. Dr. McDonald is also on the executive committee of Health Data Research Network Canada and is the New Brunswick lead of the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU). His main areas of research include the health status and health services use of immigrants and other subpopulations, socioeconomic determinants of cancer and other chronic diseases, and immigrant retention and mobility. Dr. McDonald is a UNB research scholar for 2020-22 and previously held that title in 2012-14. In 2019 he was co-winner of the Mike McCracken award for Economics Statistics, awarded by the Canadian Economics Association.

Janet Halliwell
Principal Investigator, J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc

Janet Halliwell, FRSC, and President of J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc., has extensive experience in S&T policy and the governance and management of publicly funded research. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Research Data Centre Network and the University of BC Research and Innovation Council. She chairs the Boards of Canadian Science Publishing, the Canadian Science Policy Council and the Centre for Science and Innovation Policy (U Saskatchewan and Regina). Over the course of her career she has served the research and academic communities in various executive, management and advisory positions. She was Executive Vice President of SSHRC (2000-2007), 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) and has continued to work with universities across Canada since her retirement from many years of public service. She now dedicates her time to a mix of pro-bono boards and committees and consulting. She is a Fields Institute Fellow, has received honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities, is a recipient of the Walter Hitschfeld Prize for university research administration and was elected a Special Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019.

Judy Huber
Advisor to the CEO, Varicent

Judy Huber has had a multi-decade career in technology. She is the principal of J. Huber Consulting and is currently the Advisor to the CEO at Varicent. Prior to her retirement from IBM, she was the Vice President, World Wide Analytics Deployment at IBM. In this role, she was responsible for the world-wide SaaS offerings of IBM Analytics products, as well as the Director of the IBM Canada. In her role as Director, IBM Canada Laboratory, Judy led 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 2019 Judy was honoured as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA of Toronto. 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, Canadian Institute of Health Information

Kathleen Morris is the vice president of Research and Analysis at CIHI. 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. 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
Executive Director, Labour Dynamics Institute

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.

Ima Okonny

Chief Data Officer, Employment and Social Development Canada

Ima, the Chief Data Officer at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), has over 20 years of experience in the field of data. During her time with the Government of Canada, she has received several nominations and awards for her leadership. She has extensive experience with building the evidence base through repurposing administrative databases, data development, building analytical tools, implementing departmental data reporting and release strategies, data management, data privacy protocols and with forward-looking policy development and research. Ima has an educational background in Mathematics, Computer Programming and Public Management. She is passionate about developing and empowering multidisciplinary teams to unleash value from data, enable data-driven organizational culture and achieve concrete business outcomes.

Rhonda Kropp

Vice President of the Corporate Data and Surveillance, Public Health Agency of Canada

Rhonda Kropp has been working in health care, research, epidemiology and policy for 25 years. Following her work as a microbiologist, she worked as a paediatric oncology nurse before undertaking her graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in public health, specializing in infectious disease epidemiology. During her time in California, Rhonda undertook research for the California Office of AIDS, the California Sexually Transmitted Diseases Branch and Stanford University Medical School before taking a research director position with the University of California, San Francisco Medical School with a focus on risk perception related to sexual behaviour and tobacco use. Rhonda joined Canada’s public service in 2003 and has taken on a variety of roles all within the health and data realm over the past 17 years. These include Chief Health Surveillance Officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Director General (DG) Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases at PHAC, DG of the Marketed Health Products Directorate at Health Canada, and DG of the Centre for Health, Justice, Populations and Diversity at Statistics Canada. Rhonda recently rejoined PHAC as the Vice President of the Corporate Data and Surveillance Branch where she is overseeing short and longer term public health data optimization. In 2017, Rhonda was the proud recipient of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Medal for outstanding service in public health.

Sylvia Fuller

Professor, University of British Columbia

Sylvia Fuller is Professor in the Department of Sociology, the University of British Columbia and Academic Director of the British Columbia Inter-University Research Data Centre Network. Her work explores the dark side of labour markets – inequality and insecurity. Most of us rely on paid employment to get by. However, we do not always work on equal terms, or in ways that provide adequate economic security. Dr. Fuller’s work focuses on understanding how entrenched patterns of inequality in the labour market develop and erode, and in the implications of changing employment relations for workers’ prospects for security and mobility. Recent publications explore how Covid-19 has widened employment gaps between mothers and fathers and the relationship between organizational context (such as the availability of flexible work arrangements, performance-based pay systems, and more and less formalized employment relations) and pay gaps between mothers, fathers and their childless counterparts. She has also published on temporary workers’ employment and wage trajectories, factors shaping the career pathways of new immigrants, and the impact of welfare reforms on lone mothers, among other topics. In 2009 she was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada's Aurora Prize, the top Canadian research honour in the Social Sciences and Humanities for junior faculty. More recently, she was awarded the 2016 best article prize by the Canadian Sociological Association, and was longlisted for the 2018 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family research.

Ex-Officio Member

Martin S. Taylor
Executive Director, CRDCN

Martin Taylor is serving a seven-year term as Executive Director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (2016-23). He is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Victoria and adjunct professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University. He served as Founding President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada (2007-12). Prior to that, he was the University of Victoria’s first Vice-President Research (1998-2007). He has extensive governance experience and has served on: the federal Council of Science and Technology Advisors, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and on the boards of TRIUMF, the Michael Smith Health Research Foundation, Community Based Research Canada, the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, the Homewood Research Institute, and the Canadian Healthy Ocean Strategic Network. Other prominent appointments are as: a member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the assessment of Canadian ocean science, the research management committee of MEOPAR, and the steering committee of Research Data Canada. He was on the faculty at McMaster University (1974-98), where his positions 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.
CRDCN Board Corporate Secretary: Joe DiFrancesco