ABOUT THE FIELDS INSTITUTE
|July 24, 2014|
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
twentieth 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 fifth on the Fields Board.
Craig , Director, began serving as Director of the Fields
Institute July 1, 2013. He is a Professor of Mathematics and the
Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Mathematical Analysis and its
Applications at McMaster University. His doctorate is from the Courant
Institute (1981), and he has held faculty positions at Caltech,
Stanford University and Brown University, where he was department
chair, before moving with his wife to McMaster in the year 2000.
He is a prominent mathematical analyst, whose interests include
partial differential equations, Hamiltonian dynamical systems, and
their applications to the physical sciences. His contributions have
been to theoretical aspects of these fields, as well as their applications
to fundamental problems in physics; these include small divisor
problems in Hamiltonian partial differential equations, microlocal
propagation of singularities for the Schrodinger equation, advances
in the mathematical theory of water waves and their modeling, and
progress on the important issue of regularity for solutions of the
Navier - Stokes equations. He has authored more than 100 research
articles. He has organized several thematic programs at the Fields
Institute, and has been a regular visiting member since his move
to Canada. He served on the Fields Institute Scientific Advisory
Panel (2000-2005), the Scientific Nominating Committee (2001-2005)
and the Board of Directors (2009-2012). He has been awarded a Bantrell,
a Sloan and a Killam Research Fellowships, and was elected as a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the AAAS and AMS, as well
as a Fields Institute Fellow. This year is his second on the Fields
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 third on the
A. Accum is Executive Vice-President & Chief Risk Officer
for Sun Life Financial. In this role, Mr. Accum is accountable for
Sun Lifes risk management function, in addition to his executive
responsibilities for the Companys actuarial and asset/liability
Bierstone is a Professor at the University of Toronto's
Department of Mathematics. He served as the Director of Fields from
2009 to 2013. Ed earned his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto
and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University. 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 is his sixth year
on the Fields Board.
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 third 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
fourth on the Fields Board.
Marks is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer,
at Fiera Quantum L.P.. Prior to it, he 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 fifth 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 fourth 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 has been the president
of his own venture-management firm, Hexagram & Co.. From 2006-09,
he 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, L.P., an manager of non-correlated alternative
fixed-income investments 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
twenty-first on the Fields Board.
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 fourth on the Fields Board.