ABOUT THE FIELDS INSTITUTE
|May 18, 2013|
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is elected from among the Members of the Corporation. It meets at least twice per year to ensure that the Institute is fulfilling its mandate for research, mathematics education and collaboration with external bodies. Board members can access the Board of Directors Information Page.
John Gardner, Chair, is a corporate
director, currently serving on the boards of RGA Canada and Angoss
Software. A graduate of the University of Toronto (1959) with a
bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics and the recipient of
the Governor General's medal, he studied as one of the first Commonwealth
Scholars philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford,
where he was granted bachelor's (1961) and master's (1965) degrees.
Returning to Canada he joined Sun Life of Canada and pursued actuarial
studies, earning his fellowship in the Society of Actuaries and
the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (1965). From 1967 to 1973 he
taught theory of interest and life contingencies at McGill University.
He concluded a thirty-five year career at Sun Life in 1996, having
served for ten years as President of the company, directing its
world-wide operations. During that period he was a member for nine
years of the University of Toronto's Governing Council. Since 1996
he has served on various corporate boards including those of the
Workplace Safety & Insurance Board of Ontario, Avista Real Estate
Investment Trust and Concordia Life. Always interested in the community,
he has been President of Boy Scouts of Canada for the Greater Toronto
Area, and served on the boards of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra,
Sunnybrook Hospital, and the Salvation Army. This year will be his
eighteenth on the Fields Board.
Ms. Mason joined the Ontario public service in 1981. Before joining
the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in 1992, Janet was
Director of Policy for the Ministry of Skills Development. Ms. Mason
was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Innovation
Trust in July 2005.She was also 2008-2009 Visiting Fellow in Residence
(Ontario Public Service). Janet holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree
and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University.
The coming year will be her third on the Fields Board..
Bierstone, Director, began serving as Director of the Fields
Institute July 1, 2009. He is a professor in the Department of Mathematics
of the University of Toronto. He earned his B.Sc. from the University
of Toronto (1969) and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University (1973).
He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study
(Princeton), l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (Bures-sur-Yvette)
and IMPA (Rio de Janeiro). Ed's honours include Fellowship in the
Royal Society of Canada (1992), an invited address at the American
Mathematical Society Annual Meeting (1997), the Jeffery-Williams
Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society (2005), and the Excellence
in Teaching Award of the CMS (2008). Ed has made groundbreaking
contributions in the areas of algebraic geometry and singularities
of differentiable functions. His work on resolution of singularities
(in collaboration with Pierre Milman) has played a major part in
a revival of activity in the area; the constructive techniques involved
have led to applications in fields as diverse as logic and analysis.
This year is his fourth on the Fields Board.
Grasselli, Deputy Director, earned an undergraduate
degree in Physics from the University of Sao Paulo in 1997, and
a Ph.D. in Mathematics from King's College London in 2002, for his
thesis on Quantum and Classical Information Geometry under the supervision
of Raymond Streater. After a postdoctoral fellowship, he was appointed
Sharcnet Chair in Financial Mathematics at McMaster University in
2003, where he is currently an Associate Professor and co-director
of PhiMac, the Financial Mathematics Laboratory. He has published
research papers on information geometry, statistical physics, and
numerous aspects of quantitative finance, including interest rate
theory, optimal portfolio, real options and executive compensation,
as well as an undergraduate textbook on numerical methods. His consulting
activities include projects with CIBC, Petrobras, EDF, and Bovespa.
He is a regular speaker in both academic and industrial conferences
around the world, and was the lead organizer of the Thematic Program
on Quantitative Finance: Foundations and Applications, at the Fields
Institute in 2010. Starting in 2011, he began serving as the first
managing editor for the newly created book series Springer Briefs
on Quantitative Finance. The coming year will be his second on the
James Cooper has successfully built Maplesoft into the world's
premier advanced mathematics, modeling and simulation software provider.
He is responsible for the company's financial performance, and oversees
all aspects of the company's operations including strategic business
planning, product direction as well as sales and marketing.
Sheila Embleton is the President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Prior to this appointment, she was the Vice-President Academic of York University in Toronto, from 2000 to 2009. Previously, she served as Associate Dean of York's Faculty of Arts. She is a currently a Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts.
Born in Ottawa, Dr. Embleton graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute, then attended the University of Toronto, where she earned her BSc (Mathematics & Linguistics, 1975), MSc (Mathematics & Statistics, 1976), and PhD (Linguistics, 1981). Her areas of scholarly interest are historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, mathematical/statistical methods in linguistics, onomastica, Peircean semiotics, and women and language. She has published in all of these areas. Her areas of language specialization include English, German, Germanic, French, Romance, Slavic, and Finno-Ugric. Her current research is mostly on dialectometry (statistical methods applied to dialect study), with particular application to British, Finnish and Romanian dialects.
In her capacity as Vice-President Academic, Dr. Embleton served
as Chair of the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV)
from 2004-2008. She has been on OCAV's Executive since 2001, chairs
OCAV's standing committee on international issues, and represents
OCAV on several Council of Ontario Universities committees and task
forces, as well as on the Board of the Ontario Universities Application
Centre. In 2006-2007, she was Chair of NATVAC, the National Vice-Presidents
Academic Council. This is her first on the Fields Board.
Fefferman is an American mathematician at Princeton University.
His primary field of research is mathematical analysis.
Halliwell is currently working at JEH Associates Inc., specializing
in Public policy, S&T and PSE policy and is the former Executive
Vice-President at SSHRC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada. She has chaired the Nova Scotia Council on High
Education, and is a recipient of the Walter Hitschfeld Prize for
university research administration. This year will be her twenty
second on the Fields Board.
Kari is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biocomputing
at the University of Western Ontario. She received her M.Sc. in
1987 from the Univesity of Bucharest, Romania, and her Ph.D. in
1991 for her thesis "On Insertions and Deletions in Formal
Languages", for which she received the Nevanlinna Prize for
the best mathematics thesis in Finland. Author of more than 170
peer reviewed articles, Professor Kari is widely regarded as one
of the world's leading experts in the area of biomolecular computation,
that is using biological, chemical and other natural systems to
perform computations. She has served as Steering Committee Chair
for the DNA Computing conference series, as Steering Committee member
for the Unconventional Computation conference series, as well as
on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Society
for Nano-Scale Science and Engineering. She serves on the editorial
boards of the journals Theoretical Computer Science, Natural Computing
and Universal Computer Science, and as section editor for molecular
computing for the upcoming Natural Computing Handbook. She has additionally
served as a member of the Board of Directors of the FIELDS Institute
for Research in Mathematical Sciences, the UK EPSRC peer review
college, on the NSERC grant selection committee on computing and
information systems and the NSERC Herzberg-Brockhouse-Polanyi Prize
joint selection committee. At the University of Western Ontario
she has received numerous awards, including the Florence Bucke Science
Prize and the Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
Teaching. Professor Kari's current research focuses on theoretical
aspects of bioinformation and biocomputation, including models of
cellular computation, nanocomputation by DNA self-assembly and Watson-Crick
complementarity in formal languages.This year will be her second
on the Fields Board.
Ann Keller is the Vice-President, Academic & Provost
at the University of Waterloo. Prior to this she was the director
of the Science and Technology Policy Institute. Prior to this she
was the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering and Professor
of Statistics at Rice University. Her other appointments include
head of the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory,
professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of
Statistics at Kansas State University, and statistics program director
at the National Science Foundation. She has served as a member of
the National Academy of Sciences Board on Mathematical Sciences
and its Applications and has chaired the Committee on Applied and
Theoretical Statistics. Her areas of research are uncertainty quantification,
computational and graphical statistics and related software and
modeling techniques, and data access and confidentiality. She is
a national associate of the National Academy of Sciences and fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She
is also a fellow and past president of the American Statistical
Association. She holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the Iowa State
University of Science and Technology.
Lee Keyfitz served as Director of the Fields Institute for
Mathematical Sciences for the period July 2004-December 2008. In
January 2009, she assumed a faculty position in mathematics at the
Ohio State University. Barbara Keyfitz received her undergraduate
education in mathematics at the University of Toronto and her M.S.
and Ph.D. from NYU's Courant Institute. Her research area is Nonlinear
Partial Differential Equations. She is a Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, and the recipient of
the 2005 Krieger-Nelson Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society.
Until August 2008, she was John and Rebecca Moores Professor of
Mathematics at the University of Houston, which she joined in 1983,
following appointments at Columbia, Princeton, and Arizona State
University. She is Treasurer of the International Council of Industrial
and Applied Mathematics. This year will be her ninth on the Fields
Marks is Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer,
and Managing Partner at GMP Investment Management L.P. Prior to
joining the Investment Adviser, Jason Marks was a Vice Chair at
TD Securities and a Senior Vice President at TD Bank. Over his 11
years at TD Securities, Mr. Marks was responsible for various businesses
including: international proprietary trading, equity derivatives,
interest rate derivatives, energy trading and structured products.
In addition to his various sales and trading responsibilities, Mr.
Marks was a Senior Vice President of TD Bank. In that capacity he
held two senior risk management roles. In 1998, he served as the
Head of Market Risk Management for TD Bank then in 2003, as the
Chief Credit Policy Officer responsible for overseeing Credit Risk
at TD Bank. Prior to being employed at TD Bank Mr. Marks was a Vice
President at Citibank Canada. In that capacity he was responsible
for a number of derivative and structured product businesses. Mr.
Marks has a M.B.A. from Harvard University (1989) and a B.E.Sc.
from the University of Western Ontario (1986). The coming year will
be his third on the Fields Board.
Roberts is the Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Leadership,
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Scientific Officer
at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is also Director
of the Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Center and retains
an Adjunct Professorship of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
in Houston, Texas. He has been recognized as an important leader
in the research and practice of cardiology worldwide, in addition
to being named the Most Highly Cited Researcher in 2002. Dr. Roberts
received his MD from Dalhousie University in Halifax and completed
his Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology
at the University of Toronto. He has held several leadership roles
with the National Institutes of Health. The coming year will be
his third on the Fields Board.
Philip Siller received his Ph.D. in
mathematics (model theory) in 1973 from the University of Minnesota
under the direction of Prof. Erwin Engeler, now at the ETH in Zurich.
He later earned an LL.B. from the University of Toronto and practiced
corporate and commercial law in Toronto. From 1982-92, he was an
executive with Olympia & York Developments Limited, a diversified
real-estate development company with interests in natural resources
and other sectors. Since 1992, Mr. Siller is the president of his
own venture-management firm, Hexagram & Co., and previously
served as co-CEO of Eastport Capital Corp., a unit of Goldman Sachs
& Co. in New York. Currently, he is Co-CEO of BroadRiver Asset
Management, LLC, an investment manager of longevity-related assets
for institutional investors. At the University of Toronto, he has
taught seminars at the Faculty of Law and the Department of Political
Science and served on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Russian
and East European Studies and the Steering Committee of the Harrowston
Program in Conflict Management and Negotiation. Mr. Siller is married
and has four children. This year will be his twentith on the Fields
Swift is Founding President of Young Inventors International
and Co-Founder of Solar Tomorrow Inc. Young Inventors has grown
to support over 2,000 student university innovators from around
the world. She has conducted research on innovation and entrepreneurship
for the Innovation Systems Research Network at the University of
Toronto and the Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change
Program at Carnegie Mellon University, and holds certificates in
the management of intellectual capital from the World Intellectual
Property Organization. Anne was also principal at Anne Swift Enterprises
Inc. and Innovators Hub Inc., as well as an "As Prime Minister,
I Would..." Scholarship intern at Magna International. She
completed her B.A. in Economics and Political Science with Highest
Distinction at the University of Toronto. The coming year will be
her third on the Fields Board.
James Wong is the Chairman of Chinney
Holdings Limited and its three subsidiaries listed in Hong Kong
Stock Exchange, namely Chinney Investments Ltd., Hon Kwok Land Investments
Co. Ltd., and Chinney Alliance Group Ltd. He received his PhD in
Mathematics at the California Insitute of Technology in 1965. Currently,
he holds the Honorary Professorship of Mathematics at the City University
of Hong Kong since 1995 and the Honorary Professor of Mathematics
at the University of Hong Kong since 2009. He is the Associate Editor
for the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications since
2002, and the Associate Editor for the Differential Equations &
Applications since 2009. The coming year will be his second on the
Young, Vice President, Research at the University of Toronto,
is a renowned engineering geophysicist. He was previously Chair
of U of T's Department of Civil Engineering and holds the Keck Chair
of Seismology and Rock Mechanics. An outstanding scientist and teacher,
Young was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007.
A native of Britain, Young was recruited to U of T in 2002 as the
founding director of the Lassonde Institute for Engineering Geoscience,
an international centre of excellence that draws on expertise across
multiple disciplines. As chair of Civil Engineering, he led the
development of the department's new framework for urban engineering,
building cities that work for people. His leadership of the department
was singled out for high praise by external reviewers in 2005 and
2006. He was previously chair of Earth Sciences at the University
of Liverpool and head of Earth Sciences at Keele University in the
U.K. He also established the Geomechanics and Rock Physics Laboratory
at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. The coming year will be
his fourth on the Fields Board.