Industry Canada

Industry Canada

July 05, 2005 12:57 ET

Industry Canada: New Members Appointed to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 5, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), today announced the appointments of Dr. Kenneth Higginbotham and Dr. Stephen J. Toope to the Council.

"I am pleased to welcome Drs. Higginbotham and Toope as members of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council," said Minister Emerson. "As part of its transformation into a knowledge council, SSHRC is striving to facilitate the transfer of information developed in our universities into practical applications that benefit society. I am confident they will provide the Council with innovative ideas that will move this mandate forward."

Since 1999, Dr. Higginbotham has been the Vice-President of Forestry, Environment and External Relations for Vancouver-based Canfor, which is a leader in forest products and the largest producer of softwood lumber in Canada. Previously, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Alberta Forest Service. Dr. Higginbotham holds a PhD in plant ecology from Duke University in North Carolina. From 1975 to 1988 he taught in the Department of Forest Science at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Toope is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. The Foundation seeks to promote outstanding research in the social sciences and humanities and to foster a fruitful dialogue between scholars, policy makers, business, the voluntary sector, and the arts community. While at McGill University he was co-director for the Institute of European Studies. Dr. Toope holds an MA from Harvard University, an LL.B. from McGill University, and a PhD in Law from Trinity College in Cambridge, England.

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