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Martin Taylor appointed executive director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network

(Canada Research Data Centre Network News Release)
January 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Dr. S. Martin Taylor has been appointed as the new executive director of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN), beginning April 1, 2016.

“Martin brings outstanding research and leadership experience to the Network at a time when we are facing new developmental challenges in terms of data availability and data access. We are delighted that he has accepted our offer for a five-year term,” says Byron Spencer, chair of the selection committee and Principal Investigator for the CRDCN.

The CRDCN is a research infrastructure created in the early 2000s to provide researchers with ready access to confidential microdata files from Statistics Canada’s surveys and, more recently, to a growing range of administrative data sets. It is now established as the only platform with national reach and comprises what will soon be 31 secure computer labs located on university campuses across the country.

"I feel privileged and excited to work with the very accomplished teams of researchers active in the Research Data Centres across the country. This is a time of significant opportunity for the Network, as the scope for advanced research grows with the addition of new data sets and as the possibilities increase for informing priority public policy issues for Canada."

Martin Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Victoria. He spent the first part of his career at McMaster University, before joining the University of Victoria in 1998, where he acted as UVic’s first Vice-President Research from 1998 to 2007. He then served as Founding President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, the agency responsible for the management and development of the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatory programs. In addition to his position at the CRDCN, he will remain adjunct professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.

The services and activities provided by the CRDCN are made possible by the financial or in-kind support of the SSHRC, the CIHR, the CFI, Statistics Canada and participating universities. To be informed about our activities, subscribe to our newsletter The Networker or follow us on Twitter