ABOUT THE FIELDS INSTITUTE
|February 7, 2016|
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.
Sheila Embleton, Chair, 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.
Philip Siller, Vice Chair, 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
Hambleton, Director, began serving as Director of the Fields
Institute July 1, 2015. 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.
This year is his first 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 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
Ainsworth was a past Managing Director of Altamira Investments
Limited and past Senior VP of Mackenzie Investments and is currently
an independent investor. He holds a BA ( Economics), MBA ( Finance)
from Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
This year will be his eleventh 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.
Craig is a Professor of Mathematics and the Canada Research
Chair (Tier I) of Mathematical Analysis and its Applications at
McMaster University. He was also a former Director at Fields. 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
third on the Fields Board.
Fefferman is an American mathematician at Princeton University.
His primary field of research is mathematical analysis.
Goulden is a professor in the Department of Combinatorics
and Optimization, within the Faculty of Mathematics. In 2010 hewas
elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his research
contributions in algebraic combinatorics. In 2009, he received the
Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching. This
year is his first on the Fields Board.
Andrew Granville is a British mathematician, working in the field of number theory.
He has been a faculty member at the Université de Montréal since 2002. Before moving to Montreal he was a mathematics professor at University of Georgia (UGA) from 1991 until 2002. He was a section speaker in the 1994 International Congress of Mathematicians together with Carl Pomerance from UGA.
Granville received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1983) and his Certificate of Advanced Studies (Distinction) (1984) from Trinity College, Cambridge University. He received his Ph.D. from Queen's University in 1987 and was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.
Granville's work is mainly in number theory, in particular analytic number theory. Along with Carl Pomerance and W. R. (Red) Alford he proved the infinitude of Carmichael numbers in 1994. This proof was based on a conjecture given by Paul Erdos.
Granville won a Lester R. Ford Award in 2007 and again in 2009. In 2008, he won the Chauvenet Prize from the Mathematical Association of America for his paper "It is easy to determine whether a given integer is prime". In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. The coming year will be his second 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.
Mason, is a former Assistant Deputy Minister for Local Government
and Planning Policy Division, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and
Housing. Prior to this appointment, she has held positions of Assistant
Deputy Minister for Planning and Research in the Cabinet Office
and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Post Secondary Education Division
in the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. She was
elected to become the next Vice Chair of the Board at the June 27,
2012 Annual General Meeting. 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.
McAuley is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Queen's
University where she serves as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
Kim earned her B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and her Ph.D.
from McMaster University. With her graduate students and postdoctoral
fellows, she develops mathematical models for a wide range of chemical
production biochemical processes. These models are used to predict
product quality, production rates and the effectiveness of operating
and control systems. Her group has developed novel statistical methods
for determining appropriate values for kinetic, thermodynamic and
mass-transfer parameters that appear in model equations. These methods
are used for selecting and tuning model parameters so that model
predictions match the behaviour of industrial processes. Kim McAuley
has developed models for leading international companies including
Abbott Point of Care, DSM, DuPont, Exxon, INEOS, NOVA Chemicals,
Praxair and Shell. She was Associate Editor for Chemical Engineering
Journal and serves on the International Advisory Boards for Macromolecular
Theory & Simulations and Macromolecular Reaction Engineering.
Dr. McAuley received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
for her modeling research.This coming year will be her first on
the Fields Board.
A. Milevsky is an Associate Professor of Finance at the
Schulich School of Business and a member of the graduate faculty
of Mathematics and Statistics at York University in Toronto, Canada.
He is the Executive Director of The (non-profit) IFID Centre and
a Board Member of CANNEX Financial Exchanges Ltd. He has published
10 books and over 60 peer-reviewed articles. He is on the editorial
board of Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Pension Economics
and Finance, Risk Management and Insurance Review and the Journal
of Retirement. In addition to scholarly research he has written
popular articles for the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail
and the National Post, where he received two National Magazine (Canada)
awards in 2003, as well as the Retirement Income Industry Association
(RIIA) lifetime achievement award for applied research in 2008 and
a Graham & Dodd scroll award from the CFA Institute in 2006.
Professor Milevsky has served as an expert witness and consultant
to corporations and governments for over 20 years and has delivered
over 1,000 lectures to audiences around the world. This coming year
will be his second on the Fields Board.
Bob Roberts is the Chair of the International
Cardiovascular Translation or Research Department at the University
of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. He was 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.
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.
SRS (Raghu) Varadhan is an Indian American mathematician who is known for his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating a unified theory of large deviations. Varadhan is currently a professor at the Courant Institute. He is known for his work with Daniel W. Stroock on diffusion processes, and for his work on large deviations with Monroe D. Donsker.
Since 2009 he has been one of the Jury Chairs for the Infosys Prize in the discipline of Mathematical Sciences.
Varadhan's awards and honours include the National Medal of Science (2010) from President Barack Obama, "the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers and inventors". He received also the Birkhoff Prize (1994), the Margaret and Herman Sokol Award of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University (1995), and the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research (1996) from the American Mathematical Society, awarded for his work with Daniel W. Stroock on diffusion processes. He was awarded the Abel Prize in 2007 for his work on large deviations with Monroe D. Donsker. In 2008, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan. He also has two honorary degrees from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (2003) and from Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India (2004).
He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1995),
and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (2009). He
was elected to Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
(1988) the Third World Academy of Sciences (1988), the Institute
of Mathematical Statistics (1991), the Royal Society (1998), the
Indian Academy of Sciences (2004), the Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (2009), and the American Mathematical Society
(2012). The coming year will be his third on the Fields Board.