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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 Innovation, Science and Industry and Parliament on research policy in these areas.

The vice-president and chair 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 and chair, subject to approval by the governor-in-council.

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Vice-President and Chair of Council

Martha Crago

Martha Crago
Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
McGill University
Montréal, Quebec


Catherine Beaudry

Catherine Beaudry
Canada Research Chair in Creation, Development and the Commercialization of Innovation
Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Polytechnique Montréal
Montréal, Quebec

Frédéric Bouchard

Frédéric Bouchard
Full Professor, Philosophy Department, and Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Université de Montréal
Montréal, Québec

Neil Cooke

Neil Cooke
Vice President Academic
Confederation College
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Cinthia Duclos

Cinthia Duclos
Lawyer and Associate Professor
Faculty of Law
Université Laval
Québec, Québec

Siân Echard

Siân Echard
Department of English Language and Literatures
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Karen R. Grant

Karen R. Grant
Senior Scholar
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ted Hewitt

Ted Hewitt
SSHRC President
Ottawa, Ontario


Marshal German Johnson
Senior Analyst
First Nations Health Programs
Whitehorse General Hospital
Whitehorse, Yukon

Åsa Kachan

Åsa Kachan
CEO and Chief Librarian
Halifax Public Libraries
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Normand Labrie

Normand Labrie
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario


E. Dianne Looker
Professor Emerita
Acadia University and
Mount Saint Vincent University
Wolfville and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Claudia Malacrida

Claudia Malacrida
Associate Vice-President, Research
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta

Carmen Robertson

Carmen Robertson
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in North American Indigenous Visual and Material Culture
Joint-appointed to the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, the School for Studies in Art and Culture, and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario


Malinda Smith
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Anoush F. Terjanian

Anoush F. Terjanian
Assistant Vice-Dean
Partnerships and Research Networks
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Ottawa

Photos: Martin Lipman

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