November 30, 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.

Chair, Sheila Embleton
York University
Vice Chair, Philip Siller
BroadRiver Asset Management. L.P.
Director, Ian Hambleton
Fields Institute
Deputy Director, Matheus Grasselli Fields Institute
Claude A. Accum Sun Life
Ian Ainsworth Independent Investor
Walter Craig McMaster University
C. James Cooper Maplesoft
Charles Fefferman Princeton University
Ian Goulden University of Waterloo
Andrew Granville Université de Montréal
Jason Marks Fiera Quantum Limited Partnership
Janet Mason University of Toronto
Kim McAuley Queen's University
Moshe Milevsky York University and IFID Centre
Bob Roberts University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Dan Rosen S&P Capital IQ
Anne Swift Young Inventors International
SRS (Raghu) Varadhan NYU

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.
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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.
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Ian 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.
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Matheus 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.
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Claude A. Accum is Executive Vice-President & Chief Risk Officer for Sun Life Financial. In this role, Mr. Accum is accountable for Sun Life’s risk management function, in addition to his executive responsibilities for the Company’s actuarial and asset/liability management functions.

Mr. Accum joined Sun Life in 1983 and has since held various senior leadership positions spanning across the areas of Individual Insurance, Group Insurance, and Investments, and was the Company’s Chief Risk Officer & Chief Actuary for SLF U.S. Additionally, he was a member of the task force that led Sun Life’s demutualization process, which was completed in 2000. Prior to his current role, Mr. Accum was Executive Vice-President, Actuarial & Risk Management.

Mr. Accum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of both the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries. This year is his first on the Fields Board.
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Ian 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.
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C. 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.

Cooper brings over 20 years of experience in corporate management of advanced technology business ventures to his role as President and CEO of Maplesoft. Prior to joining Maplesoft, Cooper co-owned WESCAM, the highly successful manufacturer of gyro-stabilized camera pods used extensively in both the security and entertainment industries. In addition, he successfully started and developed Puppetworks.com, makers of motion capture devices for the 3D animation industry. Cooper has held senior positions with a number of high technology companies. He was Worldwide Director for Intelligent Networks with Sema Wireless Group; Divisional Manager at Alias-Wavefront, a world renowned 3D graphics company; and Development Manager at CAE, makers of advanced aircraft flight simulators.
Cooper graduated on the Dean's honor list from the University of Waterloo in 1980 with a Bachelor's of Engineering and started his career as a control engineer, developing advanced control systems for aircraft flight simulators. This year will be his fourth on the Fields Board.
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Walter 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.
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Charles Fefferman is an American mathematician at Princeton University. His primary field of research is mathematical analysis.
A child prodigy, Fefferman entered college by twelve and had written his first scientific paper by the age of 15 in German. After receiving his bachelor's degrees in physics and mathematics at the age of 17 from the University of Maryland and a PhD in mathematics at 20 from Princeton University under Elias Stein, Fefferman received full professorship at the University of Chicago at the age of 22. This made him the youngest full professor ever appointed in the United States. At 24, he returned to Princeton to assume a full professorship there - a position he still holds. He won the Alan T. Waterman Award in 1976 (the first mathematician to get the award) and the Fields medal in 1978 for his work in mathematical analysis. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1979. He was appointed the Herbert Jones Professor at Princeton in 1984.

In addition to the above, his honors include the Salem Prize, the Bôcher Prize, and the Bergman Prize, as well as election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Fefferman contributed several innovations that revised the study of multidimensional complex analysis by finding correct generalisations of classical low-dimensional results. Fefferman's work on partial differential equations, Fourier analysis, in particular convergence, multipliers, divergence, singular integrals and Hardy spaces earned him a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians at Helsinki in 1978. This year will be his fourth on the Fields Board.
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Ian 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.
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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.

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Jason 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.
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Janet 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.
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Kim 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.
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Moshe 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.
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Bob 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.
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Dan Rosen
Dr. Dan Rosen is the co-founder and CEO of R2 Financial Technologies, and a professor of Mathematical Finance at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rosen acts as an advisor to institutions around the world and lectures extensively on valuation of derivatives and structured finance, counterparty credit risk, risk portfolio management, economic and regulatory capital. He has authored numerous risk management and financial engineering publication, and serves in the editorial board of several industrial and academic journals. Dr. Rosen was inducted in 2010 a fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, for his "outstanding contributions to the Fields Institute, its programs, and to the Canadian mathematical community". Prior to founding R2, Dr. Rosen had a successful ten-year career at Algorithmics. He holds an M.A.Sc. and Ph.D.in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. The coming year will be his second on the Fields Board.
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Anne 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.
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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).[16] 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.
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