OTTAWA, September 18, 2006 -- The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), today appointed Dr. Chad Gaffield as President of SSHRC.
"With his wealth of experience and knowledge, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Gaffield as President of SSHRC," said Minister Bernier. "I am confident that his leadership and contributions to the social sciences and humanities will enable Canada to remain competitive in university-based research."
Dr. Gaffield, who holds a University Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, successfully launched the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa and served as the founding Director from 1997 to 2003. Dr. Gaffield has also served as the President of the Canadian Historical Association as well as President of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada. In 2003, he was honoured with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, which recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to Canada. In 2004, he was awarded the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal by the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding contribution to the study of Canada.
Dr. Gaffield received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts from McGill University. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.
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