Board of Directors

 The PIMS Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of all aspects of PIMS. 


Current Board Members


Brian H. Russell (Chair) Vice-President, Software Hampson-Russell, Calgary


Dr. Russell joined Chevron Standard in Calgary in 1976 as a seismic interpreter, subsequently working for Chevron Geosciences in both Calgary and Houston in the areas of seismic processing and research. After leaving Chevron in 1981, he joined Teknica Resources Development in Calgary and, in 1983, he moved to Veritas Seismic Ltd. in a research and training position. In 1987, Dr. Russell, together with Dan Hampson, founded Hampson-Russell Software Services Ltd., a company that develops advanced seismic software for the petroleum industry. Since September, 2005, Hampson-Russell has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of CGGVeritas.

Dr. Russell is actively involved in geophysical research and training, and presents courses on seismic technology throughout the world. He holds a B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Saskatchewan, a M.Sc from Durham University, UK and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, all in geophysics. He is registered as a Professional Geophysicist in the Province of Alberta.

Dr. Russell was President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) in 1991, received the CSEG Meritorious Service Award in 1995 and the CSEG Medal in 1999. He has also been active within the international Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), serving as President during 1998-99. In 1996, Dr. Russell and Mr. Hampson were jointly awarded the SEG Enterprise Award.

He has been chair of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2005, and a member since 2004.



Fernando Aguilar President & Chief Executive Officer, Calfrac Well Services


Mr. Aguilar graduated as a Civil Engineer (MS) in hydraulic resources management in 1981, and received his MBA in 1990 from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. He completed the Stanford Executive program at Stanford University in 2003, and the Directors Education Program at the University of Calgary in 2007.

Fernando Aguilar was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Calfrac Well Services Ltd. on January 1, 2014. Prior to this appointment Mr Aguilar was President and Chief Operating Officer of Calfrac Well Services Ltd. since November 1, 2010. Prior thereto Mr Aguilar was with CGG Veritas since 2004 and held several leadership positions with CGG Veritas, most recently serving as President, Geophysical Services to the Americas. Prior to joining CGG Veritas, Mr Aguilar was with Schlumberger for 22 years, serving in roles with increasing responsibility in the technology, business and oilfield services sectors, predominantly in the Pumping Services and Wireline and Testing groups. Mr Aguilar holds a degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Hydraulic Resources Management and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University and the Director’s Education Program at the University of Calgary.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2007.


Stefi Baum Dean of the Faculty of Science and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba

Stefi Baum

Dr. Stefi Baum joined the University of Manitoba as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Professor of Physics and Astronomy on October 1, 2014. She came to the University of Manitoba following ten years at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where she served as Professor and Director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. The Carlson Center for Imaging Science is a highly interdisciplinary University Research and Education Center, dedicated to pushing the frontiers of imaging in all its forms and uses, with research programs in remote sensing, environmental monitoring, emergency response, sensor and detector development, vision and perception, astronomy, biomedical imaging, cultural heritage imaging, computational photography, display systems, and color science.

Dr. Baum joined RIT after serving just under two years as an American Institute of Physics Science Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State where she worked to promote agricultural science and food security in developed and developing countries. Before that she spent 13 years at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) located on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. STScI is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the next generation space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). While at STScI, Dr. Baum was most recently the Head of the Engineering and Software Services Division where she led up to 140 scientists, engineers, and computer scientists responsible for the development and maintenance work for the science ground systems of HST and JWST. Earlier, she led the science operations center’s development and deployment of a major astronomical instrument, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph. Prior to that, she served as systems scientist on the development of the Hubble Space Telescope archive, the first fully functional pipeline and on-line archive for astronomical data.

Dr. Baum earned a BA in physics with honors from Harvard University and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Maryland. Her personal research focuses in two areas: (i) the study of activity in galaxies and its relation to galaxy evolution and (ii) the development of image processing, statistical algorithms, and calibration techniques for brain imaging for the diagnosis of mental health and learning disabilities. Dr. Baum is active in the development of new mission concepts and has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals. Dr. Baum is also active in education and public outreach and K-12 STEM Education and is committed to the engagement of youth and the public in science and mathematics. Dr. Baum and her husband, Dr. Chris O’Dea, have four adult children dispersed throughout the United States. They live with their two dogs and three cats in St. Norbert, Winnipeg. Dr. Baum is an avid gardener, hiker, cook and reader.

She has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2015.


Peta C. Bonham-Smith Interim Dean, Science, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan

Peta Bonham-Smith

Dr. Bonham-Smith graduated with a B.Sc. from Wolverhampton Polytechnic, UK and earned her Ph.D. in Plant Physiology & Molecular Biology from the University of Calgary. In 1994, after completing post-doctoral positions at the University of Arizona, Department of Biochemistry; University of Calgary, Department of Biological Sciences and Biomira Inc., Edmonton, she joined the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Biology. From 2000 to 2002, she served as the first Director of the virtual College of Biotechnology followed by Chair of the Department of Biology between 2008 to 2010. She was Vice-Dean Science, College of Arts and Science from 2010 to 2015 and since 2015 is the interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science. Dr. Bonham-Smith’s research focuses on the molecular cell biology of the plant ribosome and its importance in plant growth and development, as well as the molecular biology of the plant-pathogen interactions involved in clubroot disease in canola. In 2009, she received the Teaching Excellence Award, Division of Science, Arts & Science and in 2016 and 2002, Dr. Bonham-Smith was honoured with the Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction: 2016 Leadership and Professions; 2002 Science, Technology and the Environment awards.

In addition to her work at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Bonham-Smith has served as both vice-chair and interim chair of the board of Saskatchewan Research Council.

She has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2011.


James Colliander Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

James Colliander

James Colliander is Professor of Mathematics at UBC and serves as Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. He is also the Founder/CEO of Crowdmark, an education technology company based in Toronto. Colliander's research intertwines partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, and dynamical systems to address problems arising from mathematical physics and other sources. He received his PhD in 1997 from the University of Illinois. After an NSF Postdoc at the University of California Berkeley, Colliander joined the University of Toronto and became Professor in 2007. He moved to UBC in 2015. Colliander was Professeur Invité at the Université de Paris-Nord, Université de Paris-Sud, and at the Institut Henri Poincaré. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study. Colliander received a Sloan Fellowship, the McLean Award, and is an award winning teacher.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2015.



Craig Cooper Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Lethbridge


Dr. Craig Cooper is a Professor of History (Classical Studies) and Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Lethbridge. Before assuming his current position in 2013, he served as Dean of Arts and Science at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario (2008-2013). Prior to that he held a faculty position for fifteen years in the Department of Classics at the University, working his way through the ranks, serving as Chair of the department and Associate Dean of Arts. Dr. Cooper received his BA Honours in 1983 from the University of Alberta, his MA in 1985 from the University of British Columbia and his PhD in 1992 from the University of British Columbia. As Ancient Historian, he works in the area of Athenian Law, the Athenian Orators, Ancient Greek Rhetoric, and Ancient Greek Historiography and Biography.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2013.


Charmaine Dean Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Western Ontario


Dr. Dean’s leadership at Western’s Faculty of Science has a focus on accelerating research within the faculty, enhancing and fortifying collaborations with other faculties, with industry, government agencies and the broader community, as well as supporting a superb training environment for students. She has a strong interest in the development of innovative learning environments to support the excellent students who are drawn to Western Science. This includes pursuits as diverse as the use of technological tools for collaborative learning experiences, interdisciplinary training, individualized learning mechanisms for high achievers as well as the development of new learning opportunities for the mature students. Dr. Dean has a strong interest in building a sense of connectedness in Science to work toward a collective growth and enrichment of the Faculty.

Dr. Dean received her B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1980, and her M.Math and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Waterloo in 1984 and 1988. She was 2007 President of the Statistical Society of Canada; 2002 President of the International Biometrics Society, Western North American Region; has served as President of the Biostatistics Section of the Statistical Society of Canada; and has given ten years of service to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, including two as Chair of the Statistical Sciences Grant Selection Committee and one as Chair of the Discovery Accelerator Supplement Committee for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She has served on the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Advisory Council and on selection panels for that foundation. She serves on the NIH Biostatistics Grant Review Panel; on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences; on the Board of Directors of the Banff International Research Station; and is a member of the College of Reviewers of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and of the MITACS College of Reviewers. She has served on several editorial boards and is currently Associate Editor of Biometrics, of Environmetrics, of Statistics in Biosciences and Senior Editor of Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology.

Other awards and honours include:

2003 – awarded the CRM-SSC prize

2007 – named Fellow of the American Statistical Association

2007 – awarded the University of Waterloo Alumni Achievement Medal

2010 – named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

2012 – received a Trinidad and Tobago High Commission Award

Dr. Dean’s research interest lies in the development of methodology for disease mapping, longitudinal studies, the design of clinical trials, and spatio-temporal analyses. Much of this work has been motivated by direct applications to important practical problems in biostatistics and ecology. Her current main research applications are in survival after coronary artery bypass surgery, mapping disease and mortality rates, forest ecology, fire management, smoke exposure estimation from satellite imagery, and modeling of temporary and intermittent stream flow for flood analysis and predictions.

She has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2007.


Walter T. Dixon Associate Vice-President (Research) and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Alberta

Walter T. Dixon


Dr. Walter Dixon is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS) in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta where he has been on staff since 1993. He served as Associate Chair (Research) for the department from 2006-2008, Chair of the ALES Human Research Ethics Board (2007-2008) and Associate Chair (Graduate Programs) from 2010 – 2012. In September 2012 he was appointed Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) for ALES and, most recently, became Associate Vice President (Research) for the University of Alberta.

He graduated with a BSc. (Hon.) from the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta in 1979. On being awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Post-graduate Studentship he undertook his MPhil and PhD studies at the University of Cambridge (U.K.) where he was awarded the Benn-Levy studentship in Biochemistry. Upon completion of his PhD., he returned to Canada in 1984 to begin an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He moved to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta in 1988 where, in addition to his research, he taught courses in biochemistry and supervised graduate students and research residents in both basic and clinically oriented research projects.

Dr. Dixon was recruited to the Faculty of ALES as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in 1993 with a mandate to take a leading role in developing the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Centre in the Agriculture/Forestry Centre on the university campus. This was achieved over a number of years and the Centre (now called the Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit) has undergone a series of massive infrastructure and equipment investments in recent years by both federal and provincial governments as well as university and private sector partners. Dr. Dixon was part of the team driving this major expansion. In addition, he is a key member of the SRDP (Swine Reproduction and Development Program) and this reflects his own research interests in the area of reproductive performance, and the impact of nutrition during gestation on lifetime growth, development and health parameters of the animal (especially muscle growth).

In recent years, Dr. Dixon has served on a number of provincial advisory committees seeking to optimize the organization and delivery of agricultural research in Alberta. He served on the AARI Scientific Review Committee – Livestock Opportunities for the Agricultural Funding Consortium for over five years, served as an industry representative on the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and AgriFood (ACAAF) scientific review committee for three years, and was a member of the provincial Action Team for the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). He has served on the NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Committee for Life Sciences and Psychology and was the Chair of this committee in 2005. He is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Animal Science, a scientific reviewer for numerous other journals, and currently sits on the supervisory committee for 15 graduate students at the University of Alberta. Through these involvements, Dr. Dixon maintains his interest and connections to a wide variety of research disciplines from the very basic to the very applied.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2014.


Darrell Duffie Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Stanford University


Dr. Duffie is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, where he has been a member of the finance faculty since receiving his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1984. He is also a Fellow of the Council of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the 2003 International Association of Financial Engineers/Sunguard Financial Engineer of the Year, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and President of the American Finance Association.

Dr. Duffie’s research interests include over-the-counter market financial modelling, financial risk management, credit risk, valuation of defaultable securities, valuation and hedging of derivative securities, term structure of interest rate modeling, financial innovation, and security design. He is the author of Dynamic Asset Pricing Theory (Princeton University Press, third edition 2001) and co-author, with Ken Singleton, of Credit Risk (Princeton University Press, 2004). Recently, he has focused on how capital moves from one segment of asset markets to another, and the implications of imperfect trading opportunities for asset price behavior, especially in over-the-counter markets.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2007.


Douglas Farenick Professor of Mathematics and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Regina

Douglas Farenick

Douglas Farenick is presently Professor of Mathematics and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Regina. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto and held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Université de Montréal before going to the University of Regina in 1992. Dr. Farenick’s research in operator algebra theory has been supported by NSERC since 1993, and to date he has authored or co-authored 48 refereed journal articles and two books. Dr. Farenick has also supervised or co-supervised six PhD candidates to completion and has supervised four postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad. He currently supervises two PhD candidates and one FRQNT (Québec) postdoctoral fellow.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2016.


Haig Farris President, Fractal Capital Corporation


In 1972, Mr. Farris was one of the co-founding members and partners of the Ventures West Management group of venture capital funds, now the largest venture capital pool in western Canada. His venture management experience includes finding, financing and developing high-technology start-ups and corporate turn-around opportunities. Since 1990, he has been President of Fractal Capital Corp., a private venture capital company financing high technology start-ups and resource service technology companies. From 1993 to 2003, Mr. Farris was also an Adjunct Professor of the University of British Columbia (UBC), teaching a course on entrepreneurship to graduate engineering, science and MBA students. Mr. Farris holds a Bachelor of Arts (economics and english) and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of British Columbia, as well as a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mr. Farris received the Bill Thompson Career Achievement Award from the British Columbia Technology Industry Association, and was awarded the Commemorative Medal of Canada in recognition of his service to the community. In 2001, the Vancouver Board of Trade named him a Pioneer of Innovation. He has been Chair of the Science Council of BC and a member of the founding Board of Directors for Science World, heading its first two capital campaigns. On the UBC campus, he served as President of the Alumni Association (1996-1999), is current chair of the President's Library Advisory Committee, and sits on the Dean of Science and Cecil Green College advisory committees.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2004.


Samuel Gray Chief Scientist, CGG, Calgary


Samuel Gray received his B.S. from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Denver. He worked at the U. S. Naval Research Lab and General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) before joining the oil and gas industry in 1982. After several years at Amoco and BP in research and production roles, he joined Veritas (now CGG) in 1999. His early work on the theory of inverse scattering prepared him for a career studying seismic processing techniques, which have the goal of turning data recorded on the Earth’s surface into information about the subsurface. His work on seismic imaging has been recognized with a number of awards, including several best paper awards in geophysical journals and international conferences. In 2010, he received the Reginald Fessenden Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) for his work on true-amplitude seismic imaging. In 2012, he was the SEG’s Spring Distinguished Lecturer, presenting “A brief history of depth…and time seismic imaging”

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2013.


Norbert Haunerland Associate Vice President Research and Professor of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University


Dr. Haunerland studied biochemistry at the University of Münster and received his Ph.D. in 1982. Following post-doctoral work at Cornell and the University of Arizona, he joined Simon Fraser University in 1989. He currently is affiliated with the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

His research is focused on proteins involved in lipid transport and metabolism, with a special interest in their role in gene regulation. He is known for his use of invertebrate model systems, and has extensive expertise in insect biochemistry and molecular biology.

Dr. Haunerland has extensive experience in academic administration. He served as Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, as a long-time member of Senate, and on various committees and task forces. He had a leading role in the establishment of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and has served provincially and nationally on higher education and research councils.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2007.


Moe Kermani Managing Partner at Vanedge Capital

Moe Kermani pic

Moe Kermani, is a Managing Partner at Vanedge Capital, a Vancouver based venture capital fund focused on making investments in gaming, digital media, SaaS solutions for small and medium business, enterprise software and cyber security. Prior to joining Vanedge, Moe was a Vice President of NetApp. Inc., a leading provider of enterprise data storage solutions. Prior to that Moe was President and CEO of Bycast Inc., the world leader in storage virtualization software for large scale digital archives and storage clouds. Bycast was acquired by NetApp in 2010.

Moe was awarded the BC Technology Industry Association’s Person of the Year award for 2011. He is also a recipient of the Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 Award. Moe holds a M.Sc. And Ph.D. In physics from the University of British Columbia. Moe currently serves on the board of directors of Metafor Software, Boundless and MediaCore.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2015.


Stephen Kirkland Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, University of Mantioba

Steve Kirkland pic

Dr. Kirkland received a B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1984, then studied at the University of Toronto, receiving a M.Sc (1985) and a Ph.D. (1989), both in mathematics. After holding postdoctoral positions at Queen’s University (1989-1991) and the University of Minnesota (1991-1992), Dr. Kirkland became a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Regina, where he worked from 1992 to 2009. He relocated to Ireland, and for the period 2009-2013, Dr. Kirkland was a Stokes Professor in the Hamilton Institute at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Dr. Kirkland returned to Canada in 2013, taking up his current position as Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Kirkland’s research is in matrix theory and graph theory, with particular interest in the theory and applications of nonnegative matrices, spectral graph theory, and combinatorial matrix theory. He has published upwards of 140 refereed journal publications, conference proceedings, and book chapters, as well as one book and three edited volumes. Since 2006 he has been an Editor in Chief of the journal Linear and Multilinear Algebra, and he serves on two other editorial boards. He was president of the International Linear Algebra Society for the period 2008-2014, and in 2008 he received the University of Regina Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Research.

Dr. Kirkland has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2015.


Ed McCauley Vice President, Research, University of Calgary

Dr. Ed McCauley

Dr. Ed McCauley is an internationally recognized scholar who became Vice-President Research at the University of Calgary on July 1, 2011. He was the Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, and Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to that, Dr. McCauley was a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Population Ecology at the University of Calgary.

Dr. McCauley is deeply committed to supporting excellence in research and innovation. He has a track record of cultivating broad-based, long-term relationships with industry, community, and government both nationally and internationally. Dr. McCauley has served on several national panels, including the Canada Research Chairs program and several NSERC grant selection committees, and is a highly sought- after external peer reviewer across North America, Europe, and Asia.

A recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Dr. McCauley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has held several distinguished visiting international professorships in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Norway, and most recently the “Le Studium International Professorship” at the Institute for Advanced Studies in France. His research is in Population Dynamics and Ecological Processes and emphasizes the blend between theory and experiment.

Ed received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Ottawa, his Ph.D. from McGill University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSB.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2015.


Brian Marcus Deputy Director and UBC Site Director, PIMS

Brian Marcus attended Claremont McKenna College and received his BA in Mathematics from Pomona College in 1971. He received his PhD in Mathematics in 1975 from the University of California at Berkeley under the supervision of Rufus Bowen. He has been an IBM Watson Postdoctoral Fellow, Associate Professor of Mathematics at UNC Chapel Hill and Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Since 2002, he has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia, serving as Department Head from 2002 to 2007. He has held visiting and adjunct associate professor positions at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and Stanford University and served as principal PhD supervisor for students at UNC Chapel Hill, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford University and UBC. He has published more than seventy research papers in ergodic theory, symbolic dynamics and information theory, and co-authored "An Introduction to Symbolic Dynamics and Coding" (Cambridge University Press, 1995, 1999) with Doug Lind. He holds twelve US patents, is an IEEE Fellow, and shared the 1993 Leonard J. Abraham Prize Paper award of the IEEE Communications Society with Paul Siegel and Jack Wolf.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2016.


Gail Murphy Vice-President Research (pro-tem), University of British Columbia


Gail C. Murphy is a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Vice-President Research and International pro tem at the University of British Columbia. She is also co-founder and Chief Scientist at Tasktop Technologies Inc. Her research interests are in improving the productivity of software developers and knowledge workers by giving them tools to identify, manage and coordinate the information that really matters for their work. Dr. Murphy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. With her students, she has received best and test of time awards from ICSE, ACM SIGSOFT and Modularity. She received a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

She has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2016.


Engin Özberk Special Advisor to the CEO, Mitacs; Mitacs Industry Executive in Residence – Minerals


Mr. Engin Özberk joined Mitacs after completing his contract with International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) in January 2016. Mr. Özberk was the Executive Director and Senior Technical Advisor of IMII (June 2013 - December 2015), after retiring from Cameco in March, 2013. He was the Vice President, Cameco Technology and Innovation of Cameco Corporation. He joined Cameco in February, 1997. He previously worked as Consulting Metallurgist for Sherritt International Corporation, Alberta; as Senior Project Manager and Senior Process Engineer for The SNC Group; as Research Engineer for Noranda Technology Centre, Quebec; and as Project Engineer for Etibank, Turkey. He has more than 40 years of research and development and project management experience in light metals, base metals and nuclear industries. He has lead or participated in numerous major metallurgical and chemical engineering projects in practically every continent. He obtained his Master of Eng., Metallurgical Engineering (1979) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (1978), both from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. He is a graduate of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (1972). He has authored or coauthored more than 40 papers and is a Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) Fellow.

Mr. Özberk is a recipient of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) Distinguished Lecturer Award (2009), and the Silver Medal (1997), The Airey Award (Xstrata) (2011), and the Alcan Award (2006) from the Metallurgical Society of CIM. He has also received the Communication and Education Award (2007) from the Canadian Nuclear Society and the Extractive Metallurgy Science Award (1988) from the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society of AIME of USA.

Mr. Özberk is currently member of the Board of Directors of “Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation”, since 2011, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; appointed member of Board of Directors of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) since 2009, serving second 3 year term and chair of the Industry Advisory Committee; and member of the Board of Directors of Plateau Uranium and the chair of the Audit Committee, since 2015.

Mr. Özberk served as the elected member of the Board of Directors of Canada Mining Innovation Council, where he served as the president and chairman of the board of directors of the Canada Mining Innovation Council 2008-2012, he is one of the 3 founding members. He was the co-chair of the steering committee for “International Minerals Innovation Institute” for Saskatchewan and one of its three founding members. Mr. Özberk served as the appointed member of NSERC, Research Partnerships Program's Advisory Committee on University-Industry Grants (ACUIG), 2011-2014; as the appointed member of Toxicology Centre Advisory Board of University of Saskatchewan, 2008-2013; appointed member of Business Development Advisory Committee (BDAC) for the Canadian Light Source, 2008-2013; member of Mining Association of Canada-Science Committee, 2008-2012; as the co-chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the UOIT Cameco Chair for Nuclear Fuel, 2007-12; appointed member of University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) executive committee, 2006-12 and as the Co-chair of CANMET-MMSL Green Mining Initiative Board of Directors, 2009-2013.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2009.


Edwin Perkins Professor of Mathematics and Canada Research Chair in Probability, University of British Columbia


Dr. Perkins completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. He came to the University of British Columbia in 1979. His research interests in probability include Brownian motion, stochastic differential equations and partial differential equations, interacting particle systems, measure-valued diffusions and stochastic models in population genetics.

Dr. Perkins has won numerous awards for his research including the Rollo Davidson Prize (1983) (Cambridge University), an NSERC Steacie Fellowship (1992-1993), the Jeffery-Williams Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society (2002), and the Centre de recherches mathématiques-Fields Prize (2003). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1988), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2003), and the Royal Society (London) (2007), and presently sits on the editorial boards of the Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincaré and the Electronic Journal of Probability. His invited addresses include the 1994 International Congress of Mathematicians in Zürich and the Doob Lecture at the 2009 Conference on Stochastic Processes in Berlin.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 1997.


Nick Pizzi Chief Data Scientist, InfoMagnetics Technologies Corporation

Nick Pizzi

As the Chief Data Scientist for InfoMagnetics Technologies, Dr. Pizzi provides scientific and technical client services relating to predictive analytics and big data technologies. He has extensive experience in the analysis of complex, voluminous data in order to discover new generalizations, nuanced trends, and unanticipated patterns. With comprehensive expertise in scientific computing, pattern recognition, machine learning, and biomedical informatics, Dr. Pizzi has worked with R&D staff from government organizations, industry, academia, and healthcare agencies.

As an adjunct professor of the University of Manitoba, Dr. Pizzi has supervised or co-supervised many highly qualified personnel, including graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research assistants. He has authored over 150 scholarly publications, secured significant grant funding for his research programme, and has lectured at the graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education levels.

For many years, Dr. Pizzi was a research scientist with the National Research Council with research focused on the classification and interpretation of biomedical data relating to physiological and disease processes, computational modelling of infectious diseases, and the evaluation of public health policy using quantitative methods. For over ten years, he was the head of the Computational Systems and Statistics Section of the NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics. Dr. Pizzi has been a member of international conference program committees, delivered invited talks and seminars, and organized and chaired conference sessions, workshops, and scientific meetings.

Dr. Pizzi holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba as well as an M.Sc. in Computer Science, M.A. in Philosophy, and B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2015.


Adam Ritz Associate Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria

Adam Ritz

Dr. Ritz obtained an M.Sc. (1995) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Ph.D. (1998) from Imperial College, London. After holding postdoctoral appointments at the University of Minnesota, the University of Cambridge, and CERN in Geneva, he joined the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria in 2005. He has been Department Chair since January 2014.

His research interests cover a range of areas within theoretical particle physics, including nonperturbative dynamics in gauge field theories, quantum field theory for thermal states, and aspects of CP violation. Recent work has focussed on the interplay of particle physics and cosmology, specifically in relation to dark matter. He has published 70 refereed journal articles.

Dr. Ritz recently chaired the NSERC Evaluation Section for subatomic physics, and was an ex officio member of the Canadian Long Range Planning Committee for subatomic physics in 2015/16. He currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Institute of Particle Physics.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2016.


Vaho Rebassoo (former) Chief Technology Officer, Boeing Information Technology, The Boeing Company


Dr. Rebassoo has over 25 years of technology management experience in network operations and computing. This includes key roles with the Pentagon Telecommunications Center, Bell Telephone Laboratories and, at Boeing, planning, designing, implementing and operating large complex networks and computing infrastructures.

Dr. Rebassoo received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees (in mathematics) from the University of Washington. He is a member of State Department and National Research Council IT committees and other boards.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2006.


Werner Stuetzle Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences, Professor of Statistics, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington


Werner Stuetzle earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 1977 with a thesis on "Estimation and Parametrization of Growth Curves". After a first academic appointment with the Stanford Statistics Department and a brief stint at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, he joined the University of Washington Statistics Department in 1984. From 1994 to 2002 he served as the Chair of Statistics. Since 2006 he has been the Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this function he oversees nine departments (including Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics, Physics and Psychology) with about 250 tenure track faculty members and annual research expenditures of about $100M.

Dr. Stuetzle's research interests are wide ranging. He has made contributions to nonparametric regression and classification, computing environments and interactive graphics for data analysis, and three-dimensional photography. Recently he has focused on unsupervised learning, specifically non-parametric cluster analysis.

He has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2007.


Nicole Tomczak-Jaegermann Professor of Mathematics and Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Geometric Analysis, University of Alberta

Nicole Tomczak-Jaegermann

Dr. Nicole Tomczak-Jaegermann received her M.Sc, Ph.D, and habilitation, from Warsaw University in Warsaw, Poland. She taught at Warsaw University from 1970 to 1981 and held a visiting position at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas from 1981 to 1983. She came to the University of Alberta in 1983 and currently holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Geometric Analysis.

Her interests lie in Banach space theory and asymptotic geometric analysis, and the interaction between these two streams of modern functional analysis. A large part of her work, including most recently, is in asymptotic theory of normed spaces, asymptotic convexity, and asymptotic non-limiting theory of random matrices; in high-dimensional probability, probabilistic aspects of convex bodies, large deviations, small ball probabilities and entropy estimates.

Dr. Tomczak-Jaegermann has won numerous awards for her research including the CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize in 2006, an invited address at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin (1998), a Canada Council for the Arts Killam Research Fellowship (1997--99), the Krieger-Nelson Prize Lectureship of the Canadian Mathematical Society (2000), the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research, University of Alberta (2000), and the Sierpinski medal of the Polish Mathematical Society and Warsaw University (2013). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1996).

She has served on committees of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), as well as on the Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship Committee, on the scientific board of BIRS, and on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Fields Institute. She has also served as the first site director of PIMS at the University of Alberta.

She has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2013.




Sandra Zilles Associate Professor of Computer Science and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Computational Learning Theory, University of Regina.

Sandra Zilles

Dr. Sandra Zilles obtained an M.Sc.-equivalent degree in Mathematics in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2003, both from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. After working as a Senior Researcher at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Computing Science at the University of Alberta, she joined the University of Regina as a faculty member in Computer Science in 2009. She currently holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Computational Learning Theory.

Her research focuses on Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, in particular on theoretical aspects of machine learning. She is interested in modelling and analyzing special types of interaction with machines to make them learn more economically by using less data. Such approaches apply to scenarios in which data is expensive, available only in small quantities, or infeasible to process in large amounts. This research is funded by NSERC, MITACS, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, and by various industrial partners.

Dr. Zilles is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Algorithmic Learning Theory and an Associate Editor for the prestigious Journal of Computer and System Sciences. She regularly serves on the program committees of the leading international conferences in her field.

Her research achievements were recognized with the 2013 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, awarded annually by the Canadian Association for Computer Science to up to three outstanding young faculty members in computer science in Canada.

She has been a member of the PIMS Board of Directors since 2016.