2014 Ottawa Speaker
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Dr. Gaffield has been President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada since 2006. For over 20 years, he has had a distinguished academic career at the University of Ottawa, where he taught in the Department of History, held a University Research Chair for history and public policy debate, and was founding director of the Institute of Canadian Studies from 1997 to 2003. The University of Ottawa named him Researcher of the Year in 1995 and Professor of the Year in 2002, marking only the second time that a professor has been chosen for both awards. He is former president of both the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Canadian Historical Association. Dr. Gaffield is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, where he chairs a working group to establish a plan for a College of New Scholars in the Arts and Sciences. He also played a pivotal role as Principal Investigator for the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project.
Throughout his career, Dr. Gaffield has received several honours, such as the Prix de la francophonie, the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal and the Antonio Zampolli Prize from the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations. In 2007, the Canadian Association of University Teachers presented him with its Distinguished Academic Award in recognition of excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. Dr. Gaffield was also presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), which honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) and a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in History (Honours), both from McGill University.