OTTAWA, February 4, 2008 — The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Council.
The new members are Paul Kevin Bates, Sean Taft Caulfield, Kerry Colleen Day, Angela Ferrante, P. Thomas Jenkins, Dr. Christopher P. Manfredi and Dr. Nelson Michaud. Biographical information on each new member can be found in the attached backgrounder.
"I am pleased to welcome these seven new members to SSHRC," said Minister Prentice. "Their diverse backgrounds and experience will strengthen the Council as it works to promote and support research in the social sciences and humanities."
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-reviewed competitions. The Council 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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Paul Kevin Bates
Mr. Bates is currently Dean and Industry Professor of Financial Management Services with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. He is a former President and CEO of Charles Schwab Canada, a financial service provider, and President and COO of both TD Greenline Canada and Marathon Brokerage. He was also founder and CEO of Priority Brokerage and Porthmeor Securities.
In 2002 Mr. Bates was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for community service, which honours Canadians who, over the previous 50 years, helped create the Canada of today.
Sean Taft Caulfield
Mr. Caulfield is currently Canada Research Chair (Tier II) Professor, Printmaking, at the University of Alberta. He has held many solo print exhibitions, most recently at the Malaspina Print Gallery in Vancouver. Mr. Caulfield's work can be found in collections in Canada, the U.S., China and Japan.
Kerry Colleen Day
Ms. Day is currently Vice-President, Legal, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer with ATB Financial. Prior to joining ATB Financial, Ms. Day was a partner in the law firm Milner Fenerty, practising in corporate commercial and securities law, and served as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of TELUS Corporation.
Ms. Ferrante was most recently COO of the Ontario Energy Board. She previously held the positions of Senior Vice-President Corporate Communications with BMO Financial Group, Vice-President Public Affairs with the Ontario Power Generation and Executive Vice-President and COO of the C.D. Howe Institute. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of VIA Rail Canada Inc.
A former journalist, Ms. Ferrante is a member of the Board of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
P. Thomas Jenkins
Mr. Jenkins is currently Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text Corporation. He has been a director of the firm since 1994 and from 1997 to 2005 served as CEO. Prior to joining Open Text, Mr. Jenkins held a number of executive positions with BMC Software Inc. and with DALSA Inc., an electronic imaging manufacturer. Mr. Jenkins is currently a member of the Board of Directors of BMC Software Inc.
Dr. Christopher P. Manfredi
Dr. Manfredi is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, where he previously held the positions of Chair, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor. He is a member of the College of Reviewers of the Canada Research Chairs Program and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Association for Canadian Studies.
Dr. Manfredi has authored numerous books, articles and reports and has served as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science.
Dr. Nelson Michaud
Dr. Michaud is currently an Associate Professor at the École nationale d'administration publique, where he is also Chair of the Groupe d'étude, de recherche et de formation internationales and Chair of the Laboratoire d'étude sur les politiques publiques et la mondialisation. Previously, Dr. Michaud worked for the federal government in the departments of Regional Industrial Expansion, the Solicitor General of Canada and Consumer and Corporate Affairs.