uOttawa professor Chad Gaffield elected as President-Elect of the Royal Society of Canada

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chad Gaffield au Pavillon Tabaret / Chad Gaffield at Tabaret Hall


The University of Ottawa congratulates Chad Gaffield, distinguished professor and a pioneer in the field now known as digital humanities, on being elected President-Elect of the Royal Society of Canada. The Royal Society of Canada, founded in 1882, is Canada’s oldest and most prestigious scholarly society.

“Chad Gaffield’s scholarship and leadership are stellar, and his efforts to develop digital technologies that facilitate research and teaching are internationally recognized,” said Mona Nemer, vice-president, research, at the University of Ottawa. “The University proudly applauds his election to the presidency of the Royal Society of Canada.”  

Chad Gaffield is a professor in the University of Ottawa’s Department of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship. He returned to campus after serving as president and CEO of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) from 2006 to 2014. From 2001 to 2008, Gaffield led the multi-institutional and cross-sectoral Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI) initiative, one of Canada’s largest and most innovative research projects in the social sciences and humanities. An award-winning scholar, he has made, and continues to make, outstanding contributions to furthering knowledge of Canadian history.

This is not the first time a uOttawa professor has been elected president of the Royal Society of Canada. In recent history, the following professors from uOttawa have led Canada’s national academy of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists:

  • Yolande Grisé (2011–2013)
  • Gilles Paquet (2003–2005)
  • Howard Alper (2001–2003)
  • William Leiss (1999–2001)
  •  the late Jean–Pierre Wallot (1997–1999)

“The University of Ottawa has had a longstanding history of collaboration with the Royal Society of Canada,” said Nemer. “We are honoured that one of our professors will lead the society, as it continues to fulfill its mission to advance knowledge.”

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