ABOUT THE FIELDS INSTITUTE
|August 29, 2015|
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
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 Board.
Hambleton, Director, began serving as Director of the Fields Institute
July 1, 2015. He is a Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University. 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 Fields Board.
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 management functions.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.