█ What are you most proud of, now that you have been president for over a year?
░ First off, I’m very proud of the way SSHRC staff, management and other stakeholders have worked to create our latest strategic plan. This was a real milestone for us in the way that it has focused our attention on both our mandate and selective areas of focus important to our community.
I’m also very pleased with the way we have developed unique tools to communicate and connect with Canadians. Our Storytellers contest is a great example of this. The postsecondary students who compete stand as shining examples of Canada’s next generation of research communicators.
I also take a great deal of pride in the quality of our programs for researchers and graduate students, and our success in delivering programs like the Canada Research Chairs on behalf of the government’s other research funding agencies.
Lastly, an example of SSHRC’s excellent programming is the Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, which captures how we’re connecting with researchers and Canadians to demonstrate the value of social sciences and humanities in the years ahead. In the coming months, we’ll be looking at renewing this initiative to better meet some of the challenges and ambitions laid out in our strategic plan.