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

Antonia Maioni


Guy Laforest
Executive Director, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP)



Patrizia Albanese
Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University


Director, Associations

Julia Wright
Professor, Department of English, Dalhousie University

Director, Associations

Sandra Lapointe
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University

Director, Equity and Diversity

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

Director, Institutions

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

Director, Institutions

Lisa Young
Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary

Director, Research Dissemination

Michael E. Sinatra
Professor, Department of Literatures and Languages of the World, Université de Montréal

Director, Research Policy

Claudia Malacrida
Associate Vice-President Research, Professor of Sociology, University of Lethbridge 

Director, Teaching and Learning

Tim Goddard
Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Prince Edward Island

Marcel Martel

Chair, ASPP Academic Council

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


Carmen Charette
Vice-President, External Relations, University of Victoria

ASPP Academic Council


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


Jacques Bertrand
Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Michèle Dagenais
Département d’histoire, Université de Montréal

Jane Errington
Department of History, Queen's 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.