The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is a not-for-profit organization, governed by a Board of Directors made up of scholars who are elected at the Annual Meeting. The day-to-day operations of the Federation are carried out by staff working out of the head office, which is located in Ottawa, Ontario.

Board of Directors


Patrizia Albanese
Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University


Vice-Chair (Chair-elect)

Mike DeGagné 
First President and Vice-Chancellor of the newly formed Yukon University and former President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University

Director *newly elected*

Jennifer Andrews
Professor in the Department of English at the University of New Brunswick and outgoing President of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)



Deanna Reder
Associate Professor, Departments of First Nations Studies and English, Simon Fraser University, and former President and founding member of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association


Sandra Lapointe
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University


Wesley Crichlow
Associate Dean of Equity and Diversity, University of Ontario Institute of Technology


David Sylvester
President and Vice-chancellor, University of St. Michael’s College


Yolande Chan
Associate Dean (Research and PhD-MSc Programs) and E. Marie Shantz Professor of Information Technology Management, Smith School of Business, Queen’s University


Annie Pilote
Associate Dean of Research, Graduate and International Studies, Department of Educational Foundations and Practices, Université Laval


Claudia Malacrida
Professor of Sociology, Board of Governors Research Chair, Tier I (Emerita), University of Lethbridge 

Marcel Martel

Chair, ASPP Academic Council

Marcel Martel
Avie Bennett Historica Canada Chair in Canadian History, York University


Joel Faflak
Professor, Department of English, Western University, and Visiting Professor, Victoria College, University of Toronto

ASPP Academic Council


Marcel Martel
Avie Bennett Historica Canada Chair in Canadian History, York University


Thomas Kemple
Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia

Michele Lacombe
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Trent University

Brenda LeFrançois
School of Social Work, Memorial University

Keavy Martin
Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta

François Rocher
School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Congress Working Group

The Board of Directors of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has launched a review of how best to meet the Federation’s strategic directions through Congress and other events. Discussions over the next few months will take into account the full range of Federation activities: the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Big Thinking lecture series and the annual conference, which was last held in the fall of 2016.

The review is being carried out by a Congress Working Group, established by the Board, which will generate ideas, evaluate new directions for Federation initiatives, identify emerging opportunities and potential pilot projects, and develop recommendations to strengthen Congress and other events.

The Congress Working Group will assess the current state of Federation activities, identify and challenge assumptions, and serve as a launch pad for new ideas. It will also oversee a series of formal and informal consultations with Federation members, including member roundtables in Regina at Congress 2018. The group will report back to the Federation’s Board of Directors by mid-October 2018.

Among issues to be addressed are: the impact of research trends, including the growing globalization of research, team research, and increased interdisciplinarity; the diverse needs of graduate students, emerging scholars and high-profile, seasoned academics; and how best to use technology and other means to amplify and add value to Federation events.


Marco Fiola
Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Ryerson University, and Academic Convenor, Congress 2017

William Lindsay
Special Advisor on Aboriginal Affairs, Simon Fraser University

Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Professor of Education, University of Ottawa, and President, Canadian Society for the Study of Education

Gayle MacDonald
Associate Vice-President Research, Mount Saint Vincent University

Michael E. Sinatra
Professor of Literature, Université de Montréal

Jacqui Tam
Vice-President External, University of Alberta

Rima Wilkes
Professor of Sociology, The University of British Columbia, and President, Canadian Sociological Association

We welcome your views!

Christine Tausig Ford, former Interim Executive Director of the Federation and President of Higher Thinking Strategies Limited, is guiding the work on behalf of the Federation. If you would like to provide input, please contact federation@ideas-idees.ca for details.

Past Presidents

Click here for a list of Past Presidents.