SSHRC’s governing council promotes and assists research and scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. It meets regularly to set policy and program priorities, allocate budgets and to advise the minister of industry and Parliament on research policy in these areas.

The vice-president of SSHRC’s governing council chairs its meetings and plays a key role in strengthening the council’s ability to:

Council members elect the vice-president, subject to approval by the Governor-in-Council.

Chair of Council and Interim President


Josée Audet
Josée Audet
Director and Professor, Management Department,
Université Laval,
Quebec (Quebec)
John Baker
John Baker
President and CEO,
Desire2Learn Incorporated,
Kitchener (Ontario)
Neil Cooke
Neil Cooke
Chair, Transportation Heavy Apprenticeship Trades,
Red River College
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
Jean-Marie Dufour
Jean‑Marie Dufour
William Dow Chair in Political Economy,
McGill University,
Montréal (Quebec)
Ginny Dybenko
Ginny Dybenko
Executive Director,
Stratford Campus,
University of Waterloo,
Waterloo (Ontario)
Nancy Gallini
Nancy Gallini
Professor, Economics,
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver (British Columbia)
Robert Gibbs
Robert Gibbs
Professor and Director,
Jackman Humanities Institute,
University of Toronto
Toronto (Ontario)
Patrick K. Horgan
Patrick K. Horgan
Vice president, Manufacturing, Development and Operations
IBM Canada
Tracy Summerville
Tracy Summerville
Associate professor,
University of Northern British Columbia
Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire
Michèle Thibodeau‑DeGuire
President of the Board,
École Polytechnique Montréal,
Montréal (Quebec)

Photos: Martin Lipman