Robert Brym

Robert Brym is a Professor of Sociology and S.D. Clark Chair in Sociology at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the President's Teaching Academy, and a winner of the Northrop Frye Prize for academic and teaching excellence. His introductory-level textbooks have been published in Canada, Quebec (in French), the United States, Brazil (in Portuguese), and Australia. He has conducted research on the sociology of intellectuals, social movements in Canada, Jews in Russia, and collective and state violence in Israel and Palestine. Currently, his research focuses on the democracy movement in the Middle East and North Africa. 

His work - including about 100 scholarly papers, six monographs and seven edited collections - has been published in twelve countries and translated into six languages. 

Sylvia Fuller

Sylvia Fuller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research centres around understanding how inequalities in people's economic security develop via diverging employment trajectories. She is particularly interested in considering how relations of gender, migration, and racialization intersect with changing employment relations and broader policy and institutional frameworks. 

Working with Beth Hirsh and Jane Pulkingham, Professor Fuller's study Motherhood career penalties: linking organizational, institutional, and individual contexts is funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Insight Development grant program. Dr. Fuller was awarded the Aurora Prize for her research project Non-Standard Employment in Comparative Context, which was also funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Lars Osberg

Lars Osberg is the McCulloch Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Dalhousie University. His current research interests include measurement and determinants of social exclusion and poverty, measurement of economic well-being, leisure co-ordination and economic well-being, time use and economic development, and economic insecurity. 

Professor Osberg has been a Visiting Scholar / Visiting Research Fellow at the Statistics Directorate, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Economics Department, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, the Indira Ghandi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai, India, and many other organizations. His recent published research has included articles in the Journal of Population Economics, Canadian Public Policy, Review of Income and Wealth, Economic Modelling, International Journal of Time Use Research, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Health Economics, Review of Development Economics, and the American Sociological Review.



Terry Wotherspoon

Terry Wotherspoon is Professor and Head of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, and President of the Canadian Sociological Association. He has degrees in Sociology and Education, with a Ph.D. in Sociology from Simon Fraser University. In addition to several years of teaching experience at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, he has engaged in research and published widely on issues related to education, social policy, indigenous peoples, and social inequality in Canada. His research has been funded by agencies such as SSHRC, Saskatchewan Learning, the Laidlaw Foundation, and the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration. Current research projects include: an exploration of activities related to a series of Conferences on Science, Philosophy and Religion in relation to the development of North American Sociology in the mid-20th century; indigenous education and labour market participation in Canada; and an understanding of how immigration and diversity are contributing to the reshaping of western Canada.

He is a recipient of the Canadian Education Association's Whitworth Award for Educational Research. One of his books, The Sociology of Education in Canada: Critical Perspectives, was recognized with a book award from the Canadian Association for Foundations of Education. He recently served as Managing Editor of the Canadian Review of Sociology and is currently a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of Immigration Research West. He has received recognition through appointments as Adjunct Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University, and Visiting Professor at Lanzhou University and Northwest University for Nationalities, all in China. 


Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée is an Associate Professor with a Joint Appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and International Health, at McGill University since 2005. She is Director of the International Research Infrastructure on Social inequalities in health (IRIS). 

Professor Quesnel-Vallée is a medical sociologist and a social demographer with postdoctoral training in epidemiology. Her research examines the contribution of social policies to the development of social inequalities over the lifecourse. With funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, she currently studies the impact of public coverage and private health insurance regulation on general and mental health in select OECD countries. 


David Zarifa

Dr. David Zarifa is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts & Science at Nipissing University. His areas of specialization are in social inequality, sociology of education, sociology of work, and quantitative research methods. His current and future research includes life course transitions in Northern and rural communities (Principal Investigator), the educational and labour market of disadvantaged youth in Canada and the United States (Principal Investigator, SSHRC), and political elites and postsecondary education in eight countries (Principal Investigator). 

His recent published work has included refereed journal articles in the Canadian Review of Sociology,Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, International Journal of the Sociology of Education, Canadian Public Policy, and the Journal of Vocational Education & Training).