Jeannette Janssen, Chair
Jeannette Janssen is a professor and department Chair at Dalhousie University. She has made contributions to various areas of graph theory, especially related to graph colourings and frequency assignment, modeling and mining of complex networks, and infinite graphs. Her recent work involves an exploration of graph models for complex networks that have a natural spatial embedding. Dr. Janssen has been invited to present her work nationally and internationally, including as a guest lecturer at a summer school on Network Science at USC, as a participant of a thematic program on Discrete Structures at the IMA in Minnesota, at a workshop at CRM in Montreal, and, most recently, at a workshop at the Newton Institute in Cambridge. Dr. Janssen was director of the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) from 2011 to 2016, and she is currently a program officer of the SIAM activity group on Discrete Mathematics, and member of the NSERC-Math liaison committee.
Jim Colliander is Professor of Mathematics at UBC and serves as Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. He is also the Founder/CEO of Crowdmark, an education technology company based in Toronto. Colliander’s research intertwines partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, and dynamical systems to address problems arising from mathematical physics and other sources. He received his PhD in 1997 from the University of Illinois. After an NSF Postdoc at the University of California Berkeley, Colliander joined the University of Toronto and became Professor in 2007. He moved to UBC in 2015. Colliander was Professeur Invité at the Université de Paris-Nord, Université de Paris-Sud, and at the Institute Henri Poincaré. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study. Colliander received a Sloan Fellowship, the McLean Award, and is an award winning teacher.
Mary Courage is currently Dean of Science (pro tempore) at Memorial University in St. John’s, where she is also a University Research Professor in the Department of Psychology. Over 25 years she has developed a research program on the early development of human attention and cognition with applications of those processes to issues of learning and health in very young children. Her work has been funded by NSERC and Health Canada and has been published widely. She has extensive experience in teaching and university service including six years as the Associate Dean of Science (Research and Graduate). She was educated at Memorial University and at the University of Alberta.
Robert Gilmour is currently is Vice President, Research at the University of Prince Edward Island. He formerly was a Professor of Physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at Cornell University, where he led a multidisciplinary group of investigators whose publications have appeared in both cardiovascular and physics journals. He also was a member of the Executive Committee for the IGERT-sponsored program in non-linear systems at Cornell and was a member of the Graduate Fields of Physiology, Pharmacology, Bioengineering and Computational Biology. His research interests are centered on theoretical and experimental studies of heart rhythm disorders.
Ian Hambleton is the Director of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. He received his doctorate from Yale University in 1973, and was an L. E. Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago before joining McMaster University, where he has served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for three terms, was active in university affairs as President of the McMaster Faculty Association, and was several times elected to the Senate and Board of Governors. He is a prominent mathematician with more than 75 published articles in leading international journals, whose research in geometry and topology connects to a broad range of mathematics. His distinguished record of scholarship has been recognized by a high level of NSERC funding for almost 40 years, supporting an extensive program of graduate and postdoctoral training. He was a Member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for two years, and a Visiting Professor for three years at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, in addition to numerous other visiting positions at major mathematical centres.
Dr. David MaGee is the acting vice-president (research) at the University of New Brunswick. He received both his BSc in chemistry and his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from UNB. Dr. MaGee has been active with UNB in a faculty role since 1990, serving in many capacities, including assistant professor, associate professor, professor, chair of the department of chemistry, and dean of science, in addition to serving on numerous university committees.
Xiaoqiang Zhao is a University Research Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1990. His research interests are Applied Dynamical Systems, Nonlinear Evolution Equations, and Mathematical Biology.