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Published on April 2, 2014

Chad Gaffield announces decision to step down as president of SSHRC in August

Ottawa, April 1, 2014—The president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Dr. Chad Gaffield, announced today that he will be stepping down from his role at the federal granting agency on August 31, 2014, to resume his position as professor at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Gaffield was appointed to SSHRC in 2006, and was reappointed for a second five-year term in 2011.On behalf of our government, I would like to thank Dr. Gaffield for his significant contributions to the social sciences and humanities,” said Minister of Industry James Moore. “His efforts have earned him an international reputation for leadership in these areas. They have also helped position Canada’s global excellence in research across disciplines and, in particular, the digital humanities.”
“Dr. Gaffield’s outstanding leadership and stewardship in research as president of SSHRC has built upon Canada’s long tradition of research excellence. His oversight as chair of the Tri-Council Steering Committee for the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program and the Canada Research Chairs Program has empowered researchers to push the frontiers of knowledge, solve social challenges and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder. “I want to personally thank him for his dedicated public service and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”
“For over eight years, I have had the great privilege of working with an outstanding team at SSHRC, and collaborating with council members, the research community, and partners across public, private and not-for-profit sectors to enhance the contribution of the social sciences and humanities to our economic prosperity and quality of life,” said Dr. Gaffield. “I am deeply encouraged to see the increased recognition across society of how better knowledge and understanding of human thought and behaviour in the past and present are key to make a better future for all Canadians.“ 

“As I reflect on all of our collective achievements,” he continued, “ I feel it is the right time for me to return in the fall in my role as a professor, knowing that SSHRC, as a high-performance organization, will continue to support the very best talent and insights and to facilitate the most effective connections to help secure that future.“

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