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See highlights of the Federation’s 2015 annual conference below

Celebrating Impact: 75 years

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November 16  17:30 - 19:00
Reception & celebration
Adam Room, Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario

November 17  8:30 – 16:30
Full day conference
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

Full day conference agenda (scroll down for speaker and panel videos)

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8:30-9:00 am

Registration (coffee)

9:00-9:15 am

Welcome and launch of 75th anniversary video

Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Jean‐Marc Mangin is the Executive Director of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the national voice for Canada’s 85,000 scholars, students and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences.

9:15-11:00 am

Learning from our past - Building our future

Presidential Address

Stephen Toope, President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Stephen J. Toope is the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of British Columbia, President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Dean of Law at McGill University, President of the Canadian Council on International Law and as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Interviews with a panel of distinguished alumni. When are we strongest? What lessons to share?

Moderator:  Graham Carr, Past President (2012-2014) of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; Vice President Research,Concordia University

Graham Carr is the Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Previously he served as Concordia's Dean of Graduate Studies, as well as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science. An historian by training, Carr is a graduate of Queen’s University (BA, MA) and the University of Maine (PhD). His research focuses on North American cultural diplomacy in the Cold War.

Noreen Golfman, Past President (2007-2011) of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences;  Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Memorial University

Noreen Golfman is Memorial University’s new Provost and Vice-President (Academic), where she also served as Dean of Graduate Studies at Memorial from June 2008 to September 2014. Golfman is the Founding Director and Chair of the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Vice-Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation and Chair of the Board of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

Roseann Runte, Past President  (1982-1984) of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; President, Carleton University

Roseann Runte is President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University. She previously served as President of l’Université Sainte-Anne, Principal of Glendon College, President of Victoria University and of Old Dominion University. She has been awarded the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit, the Palmes Académiques and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Don Fisher, Past President (2004-2006) of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; Author of The Social Sciences in Canada: 50 Years of National Activity by the Social Science Federation of Canada

Donald Fisher is the Acting-Principal of Green College at UBC. His most recent book is a co-edited volume on The Development of Postsecondary Systems in Canada: A Comparison between British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, 1980-2010 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014). Fisher has previously served as Head and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies, as Senator at Large of the UBC Senate, and as President of four national organizations: Sociology of Education Association (USA); Canadian Association of Foundations of Education; Canadian Society for the Study of Education; and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Discussion with audience

11:00-11:30 am

Break and book signing by Wab Kinew: The Reason You Walk, Penguin Canada 2015

11:30-12:15 pm

Big Thinking lecture: Reconciliation and the Academy

Wab Kinew, Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs, University of Winnipeg

Wab Kinew is the Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at the University of Winnipeg and a correspondent with Aljazeera America. He is also an Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Kinew successfully defended Joseph Boyden’s “The Orenda” on CBC’s Canada Reads literary competition in 2014. He hosted the 2012 documentary series “8th Fire,” and has won numerous awards for his hip-hop music and journalism projects. He is a member of the Midewin.

Q&A with audience

12:15-1:15 pm


1:15-2:30 pm 

Panel:  Reconciliation and the Academy – Commitment to action 

Moderator: Stephen Toope, President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences 

Dr. Tim McTiernan, Chair, Universities Canada Standing Advisory Committee on Education Issues and Funding, President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Tim McTiernan has served as Assistant and Interim Vice-President Research, University of Toronto; Acting Deputy Minister, Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation; President, Canadore College; Cabinet Secretary and Chief Yukon Government Negotiator for Land Claims, Self Government and Devolution, Yukon Government; a founding member of the Dispute Resolution Board established pursuant to the Yukon First Nations Land Claims Settlement Act, and the Environmental Impact Screening Committee established through the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act. 

S. Brenda Small, Vice President, Centre for Policy in Aboriginal Learning, Confederation College

Brenda Small is Vice-President of the Centre for Policy in Aboriginal Learning at Confederation College, where she has worked in program development, teaching, academic leadership and senior management for over 20 years.  In her current role, Small leverages historical work in Aboriginal education and training to make a real difference with community partners and within the college community, and to effect real social change. 

Gabrielle Fayant, Métis youth leader, Co-Founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G)

Gabrielle Fayant is Co-Founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) and Program Manager of an economic youth program called ReachUp! North. Fayant is an Indspire laureate for the 2015 Metis Youth Award. She has worked with several National Aboriginal Organizations and various local, provincial and national committees and advisory boards on Indigenous inclusion specifically for youth. She is currently working on a new television show called Noongom which talks about Indigenous people today and is helping host the Michif Hour on CKCU radio.

Discussion with audience

Review of afternoon workshops

2:30-3:00 pm


3:00-4:30 pm

Concurrent workshops: Growing our impact towards the future 
How do we track, improve, and advocate our contributions? Does it matter? Workshop participants will discuss what the sector does well, where our gaps are, and what needs to change, to inform the Federation’s Research Impact Project.

Economy: Economic impacts and readiness of our graduates

Chair: Carmen CharetteVice-President, External Relations, University of Victoria; Federation Board member

Ron Freedman, Research Infosource Inc.

Ron Freedman is the CEO of Research Infoworks, a leading source of intelligence on Canadian R&D. He has also led several prominent organizations focused on Canadian innovation trends, including Innovation Atlas and The Impact Group.


Teaching and learning: Supporting effective PSE teaching in a knowledge society

Chair: Fernand GervaisDean, Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Université Laval; Federation Board member

Julie Bélanger, RAND Europe, Research Leader

Julie Bélanger is a Research Leader at RAND Europe. She previously worked as an analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the development and implementation of the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), later used in 34 countries. Before this, Bélanger was a senior researcher at the Canadian Council on Learning, working with provincial governments on educational issues such as large-scale school reforms.

Society: Measuring impacts with community members

Chair: Julia WrightProfessor, Department of English, Dalhousie UniversityFederation Board member

David Phipps, Executive Director, Research and Innovation Services, York University

David Phipps manages all research grants and agreements including knowledge and technology transfer for York University including York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit. In addition to other awards and recognition he received the 2015 Research Management Excellence Award and 2015 President’s Award for Innovation in Knowledge Mobilization. In 2015 he was named the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He is also the KT Lead for NeuroDevNet and Network Director for ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.

Policy: Getting research to policy makers

Chair: Lisa YoungVice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary; Federation Board member

Amanda Cooper, Assistant Professor of Educational Research and Policy, Queen’s University

Amanda Cooper is an Assistant Professor at Queen`s University and specializes in research-practice-policy relationships. Her professional and academic interests revolve around improving research use and its impact in public services. Cooper is Director of Queen’s Research Informing Policy, Practice and Leadership in Education (RIPPLE) Program, focused on building strong linkages between research, policy and practice in large scale public education systems.

4:30-5:00 pm

Closing remarks - Looking ahead

Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Ted Hewitt is President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, where he was was previously Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Before that, Hewitt was Vice-President, Research and International Relations, at Western University from 2004 to 2011, where he had been a Sociology Professor since 1989. He is Canadian co-chair of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation, and a member of the board of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Stephen Toope, President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences


See highlights of the Federation’s 2014 annual conference below

Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
McGill Faculty Club
3450 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec

2014 theme: Transformations

The Federation’s 2014 Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) featured panel discussions on transformations in undergraduate teaching and the future of the PhD, workshops on the future of Congress and Big Data, a Big Thinking lecture on “Borders without Boundaries”, and an address from Chad Gaffield, President of SSHRC.


The event was live streamed and is now available for your viewing in several shorter segments:

8:30 am to 8:45 am: Welcome

Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice Chancellor, McGill University

Biography: Prof. Suzanne Fortier became the 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University in 2013. She has served as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) from 2006 - 2013, as Vice-Principal (Research) from 1995 - 2000 and Vice-Principal (Academic) from 2000 - 2005 at Queen's University. Prof. Fortier is a crystallographer by training, specializing in the development of mathematical and artificial intelligence methodologies for protein structure determination. She has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific publications and had made numerous invited scientific presentations. She has received the Clara Benson Award for distinguished contributions to chemistry by a woman (1997), the Entrepreneurship Award from Communications and Information Technology Ontario (1997), the Queen's University Distinguished Service Award (2005), an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia (June 2006) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an officer of France’s National Order of Merit. Prof. Fortier currently is a member of the Strategic Committee of Investissements d’Excellence Bordeaux; the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress; and serves on the Board of Directors of Montreal International; the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal; and the Conference Board of Canada. 

8:45 am to 9:15 am: Presidential Address and Highlights from 2013

Antonia Maioni, President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Biography: Antonia Maioni was appointed president of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Science in 2013. She holds a cross-appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science (Faculty of Arts) and the Institute for Health and Social Policy (Faculty of Medicine) at McGill University. Her teaching portfolio spans across political science, Canadian Studies, and the Foundations of Medicine Program. She is also a member of the International Masters for Health Leadership program’s teaching team in the Desautels Faculty of Management, member of the Board of the Canadian Foundation for Health Innovation and sits on the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). From 2001 to 2011, Professor Maioni held the position of Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University, bringing leadership in public policy issues and interdisciplinary research to local, national and international audiences.

  • Click here to read the Presidential Address (pdf)

9:15 am to 10:30 am: Panel 1: Transformations in Undergraduate Education: Beyond MOOCs

Technology allows undergraduate teaching to reach more students in more formats than ever before, yet many undergraduate classes continue to take place in lecture theatres in much the same way as they have for decades.  This session will explore current and future transformations in undergraduate education, examining lessons learned from MOOCs (massive open online courses) and distance education, and exploring beyond to what the future could look like.

Panel Members:

  • Fernand Gervais (Moderator), Director, Teaching and Learning, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Laval University
  • Thérèse Laferrière, Professor of Education, Laval University and Director of CRIRES (Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur la réussite scolaire)
  • Vivek Venkatesh, Associate Professor in Educational Technology and Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Development, Faculty of Education, Concordia University
  • Dilip Soman, Corus Chair in Communication Strategy, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

11:00 am to 12:15 pm: Concurrent Workshops

Concurrent Workshop 1: The Future of Congress

Congress is a unique Canadian creation in disseminating ideas and new research from the humanities and social sciences. Known as the Learneds for decades, Congress has become one of the largest multi-disciplinary academic gatherings in the world. Yet, Congress has struggled to attract international delegates (5-8% are from outside Canada) and to become more than a conference of conferences. Congress delegate surveys strongly indicate both a desire for greater inter-disciplinarity and internationalism at Congress. Workshop participants will brainstorm on:

  • Possible new long term programming collaboration between scholarly societies that could be open to all delegates
  • Possible new ways to share ideas and trigger national conversations during and after Congress
  • Possible enhanced or new international relationships that could encourage international attendance
  • Possible new names to better capture the essence of Congress
  • Possible new fee structure (e.g. passport) that would give the possibility for a delegate to access sessions from any participating society

Concurrent Workshop 2: Big Data

"Digital Infrastructures for SSH Researchers"

Led by the Federation's Research Dissemination Advisory Committee, this session will offer an overview of the emergence of “big data” and its impact on Social Sciences and Humanities researchers. Several consultations on digital infrastructures are underway in which our community are represented but it is crucial to have a better awareness and a stronger response from our community.

This bilingual workshop will feature two speakers who will present two perspectives on the needs for digital infrastructures tailored to our community. Short position papers will be available ahead of time, along with some relevant information on "big data" and digital infrastructures.

Concurrent Workshop 3: SSHRC’s Program Architecture Renewal: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Brent Herbert-Copley, SSHRC’s Vice-President, Research & Research Capacity, will discuss the funding agency’s program architecture renewal in terms of its original principles and goals, touching on results to date and elements that SSHRC is monitoring.  A significant portion of the session will be reserved for SSHRC to hear from the research community; this will be an opportunity for researchers to share with the agency their experiences with the program architecture renewal and its impact, as well as voice any concerns and suggestions for possible future improvements to SSHRC’s program delivery.

Presentation by Brent Herbert-Copley, Vice-President, Research Programs, SSHRC (PDF)

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm: Annual General Meeting

  • Click here to view the 2013 Annual Report (pdf)
  • Click here to watch the 2013 Annual Report video
  • Click here to watch an address from Stephen Toope, Presiden-Elect, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

1:45 pm to 2:15 pm: Plenary Address: Challenges to the Humanities and Social Sciences Community

Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Biography: Chad Gaffield, one of Canada’s foremost historians, was appointed president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in September 2006. His appointment followed a 20-year career at the University of Ottawa, during which he held a University Research Chair and various other positions, including founding director of the Institute of Canadian Studies. Dr. Gaffield is a former president of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has won many awards for his teaching, research and innovations related to computer-based, interdisciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration.

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm: Panel 2: Transformations in Graduate Education: The Future of the PhD

First-class humanities and social science research and teaching are needed in an increasingly globalized and complex world; and graduate training at the highest levels is required. But with non-completion rates as high as 50% and only about 20%-30% of graduates finding employment within the academy, humanities PhD programs in particular face an urgent problem. This session sets out to recast that problem as an opportunity. How might we transform the PhD into a program that leads toward a multiplicity of academic and non-academic career paths, that strengthens what the humanities and social sciences can bring to the world, and that prepares talented young people to contribute to the betterment of Canada and the world?

Panel Members:

  • Leigh Yetter (Moderator), Executive Director, Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University
  • Kathryn Muller, Consultant in Philanthropy
  • Sidonie Smith, Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities and Director, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan
  • Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director, Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University

3:45 pm to 4:30 pm: Big Thinking Lecture

“Borders Without Boundaries”

Kevin Kee, Associate Vice-President Research (Social Sciences and Humanities) and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, Brock University

In the last generation the Internet and digital media have transformed many aspects of our lives.  In the field of digital humanities, researchers have explored how these technologies can enrich and expand our scholarly practices.  Kevin Kee draws on this research, and builds on the title of the 2014 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, "Borders Without Boundaries / Frontières sans limites," to survey the ways in which we can change knowledge production, and redraw the boundaries that define scholarship.  Researchers once faced a scarcity of information and limited access to sources, but today we are overwhelmed by an ever-increasing, easily-accessible body of knowledge that requires new methods and tools to organize and manage.  Previously, the conclusions of our research were communicated on paper, but emerging media forms provide us with opportunities to more effectively convey our research processes, and our analyses.  Scholarship was traditionally peer reviewed and then published through established channels, but researchers are increasingly posting drafts of their work to the Internet, enabling groups, rather than individuals, to award attention.  Finally, completed research was disseminated to the public, but the emergence of online communities of interest, rich in knowledge and expertise, allows us to include citizens in the creation of knowledge.  Dr. Kee suggests that drawing on the methods and tools of the digital age will change how we research, write, publish, and share knowledge, and help us strengthen and expand the social sciences and humanities.

Biography: Kevin Kee is the Associate Vice-President Research (Social Sciences and Humanities) and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities at Brock University. Previously, he was a Director and Project Director at the National Film Board of Canada, and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History, and Integrated Studies in Education (D.I.S.E.), as well as the Director of Undergraduate Programs (D.I.S.E) at McGill University. Since arriving at Brock in 2005, Dr. Kee has worked to place the university at the forefront of digital humanities research and development, and Niagara at the leading edge of interactive media production. He has led or helped lead the conception and establishment at Brock of undergraduate programs (the Interactive Arts and Sciences minor and major programs), business incubators and generators (the Niagara Interactive Media Generator (now the Niagara Interactive Media Generator-Generator at One)), conferences (the Interacting with Immersive Worlds Conferences), and research projects and symposia series (such as Pastplay). He is interested in the use of computing to analyze and express culture, and history in particular, in innovative ways. His research program lies at the intersection of history, computing, education, and game studies.

4:30 pm to 4:40 pm: Thanks and closing remarks

Graham Carr, Past President, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

4:45 pm to 6:00pm: Reception

Announcement of the finalists for the 2014 Canada Prizes