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An Unmatched Opportunity
This year’s Canadian Statistics Student Conference (CSSC 2023) took place on May 27, 2023, at Carleton University in Ottawa, and it’s no surprise that CANSSI was a strong supporter.
After all, supporting the training and development of students in statistics and related fields is one of CANSSI’s top priorities, and the CSSC gives undergraduate and graduate students from across Canada an unmatched opportunity to present their research, hear from distinguished speakers, and connect with peers.
CANSSI was the largest sponsor for this year’s edition of the CSSC, and the funds you provided were sufficient to cover all of the student presentation awards (including online posters), five travel awards and honoraria for all of our invited speakers. Suffice it to say, CSSC 2023 could not have been a success without your tremendous support! – The Organizing Team
By Students, For Students
The conference is organized each year by students, for students, in conjunction with the Statistical Society of Canada’s Annual Meeting. This year’s organizing team consisted of Luke Hagar (University of Waterloo), Vanessa McNealis (McGill University), Adam Shen (Carleton University), Janani Sivathayalan (Carleton), Nathan Situ (Carleton), Renny Doig (Simon Fraser University), Emma Kroell (University of Toronto), Michael Ilagan (McGill), Azizur Rahman (University of Manitoba), Yiran Wang (Waterloo), Kyle McRae (Concordia University), Alexandra Mossman (Waterloo), Christopher Blier-Wong (Université Laval), Mamadou Yamar Thioub (HEC Montréal), and Yuan Bian (Western University).
They organized a program with an impressive 61 research presentations (including 10 virtual posters) by students from across Canada, as well as a skills session on data access and management by Pierre Desrochers from Statistics Canada, a tutorial on high-performance computing by Osvaldo Espin-Garcia from the University of Western Ontario, and a closing keynote on (un)measured confounding in causal inference by Erica Moodie of McGill University.
The day also included a career panel featuring Dave Campbell (Bank of Canada), Sanjeena Dang (Carleton University), and Pierre Dodin (Bombardier) that fielded questions on how students can prepare themselves for the next stage of their careers, whether in grad school, academia, or industry.
Happy to Help
CANSSI’s role involved promotional and organizational support (thank you especially to CANSSI Quebec Regional Director Melina Mailhot, CANSSI Collaborative Research Team Co-Leader David Haziza, and Denis Talbot, Associate Director for Quebec, for volunteering to judge the Virtual Poster Session) in addition to significant funding.
“CANSSI was the largest sponsor for this year’s edition of the CSSC, and the funds you provided were sufficient to cover all of the student presentation awards (including online posters), five travel awards and honoraria for all of our invited speakers,” said Kyle McRae. “Suffice it to say, CSSC 2023 could not have been a success without your tremendous support!”
What the Participants Said
I really enjoyed my experience at CSSC 2023. It was particularly great to meet other young researchers and students, and I’m grateful for the new connections, opportunities, and friendships I was able to make along the way. – Marc Parsons, PhD candidate in biostatistics, McGill University
I had a truly enjoyable time volunteering at CSSC. The organizers and attendees were incredibly kind and friendly, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to create new connections and engage with interesting research topics. – Ishti Hossain, BMath student in statistics, Carleton University
CSSC is a wonderful opportunity for students from different backgrounds to congregate and share ideas in a welcoming environment. – Niki Petrakos, PhD student in biostatistics, McGill University
The CSSC is a great way for grad students to gain research experience—specifically networking, presenting, and asking/answering questions. The CSSC also provides opportunities for students to get involved in the organization of the event. I am very grateful for everything the CSSC offers to students, and look forward to participating in future years. – Gradon Nicholls, PhD student in statistics, University of Waterloo