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August 31, 2005 09:00 ET

Industry Canada: Minister Emerson Announces New Vice-President and Council Member for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 31, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), today named Dr. Stan Shapson as SSHRC's Vice-President and appointed Dr. Leslie Monkman to the Council.

"I congratulate Dr. Stan Shapson on his election as Vice President and I am pleased to welcome Dr. Monkman to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council," said Minister Emerson. "Striving to facilitate the transfer of information developed in our universities into practical applications that benefit all Canadians is a key pursuit of SSHRC. I am confident these researchers will provide sound insight as to how the Council can achieve these goals."

Dr. Shapson is the Vice-President of Research and Innovation at York University and was previously the Associate Vice-President of Strategic Academic Initiatives and the Dean of Education. Before coming to York, he worked in various academic positions including Dean of Education at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Shapson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Psychology from York University. He has served on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council since 2001.

Dr. Monkman is presently the Special Advisor to the Principal at Queen's University and a faculty member of the Department of English, a position he has held at the university since his teaching career began in 1988. He has also occupied the roles of Associate Vice-Principal (Academic) and Acting Dean of Arts and Science. In addition to teaching, he is an author, consultant and a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conference Grant. Dr. Monkman received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from York University in Toronto, Ontario.

SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    Dore Dunne
    Media Relations Officer
    (613) 992-7302