Appointments to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

News Release

February 14, 2018 – Ottawa

In Canada, we know that diversity is a source of our strength. Whether it is in our communities and schools or our businesses and laboratories, we believe that diverse perspectives lead to greater knowledge, innovation and prosperity for all.

This value is true in our governing bodies: the boards and councils that oversee public institutions committed to serving Canadians. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today announced the appointment and renewal of several diverse members of the governing council for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). They are:

  • John Baker, President and CEO, D2L (reappointment)
  • Catherine Beaudry, Professor at Polytechnique Montréal, and Canada Research Chair in Creation, Development and the Commercialization of Innovation
  • Frédéric Bouchard, Professor and Dean the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Université de Montréal
  • Neil Cooke, Educational Consultant (reappointment)
  • Martha Crago, Vice-Principal Research and Innovation, McGill University
  • Robin Craig, Research Advisor, Laurentian University
  • Donald Desserud, Professor, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Cinthia Duclos, Professor of Business Law, Faculty of Law, Université Laval; and Lawyer
  • Karen R. Grant, Senior Scholar, University of Manitoba
  • Åsa Kachan, CEO and Chief Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries
  • Normand Labrie, Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • Claudia Malacrida, Professor and Associate Vice-President (Research), University of Lethbridge
  • Taylor Owen, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Carmen Robertson, Professor, University of Regina
  • Anoush F. Terjanian, Associate Professor of History, East Carolina University, USA

SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary–based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. The agency plays an important role in Canada’s research and scientific landscape and is committed to fostering greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the sciences. SSHRC invests over $350 million annually, supporting more than 8,000 graduate students and nearly 14,000 researchers.


“I welcome the returning and newly appointed council members to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. This impressive list of diverse candidates will help the council further its support for the social scientists and scholars who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and helping us better understand the world around us.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Quick Facts

  • SSHRC’s governing council promotes and assists research and scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. It meets regularly to set policy and program priorities and allocate budgets.

  • In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to Governor in Council appointments. This approach strives for gender parity and is supported by an open, transparent and merit-based selection process: one that will result in the recommendation of exceptionally competent candidates who truly reflect Canada's diversity.

  • The terms of these appointments are staggered between two and three years’ duration.

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