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Introducing the leadership committee for Congress 2017

From left: Marco A. Fiola and Kristyn Wong-Tam

Marco A. Fiola, professor, Faculty of Arts, has been appointed academic convener for Congress 2017. Kristyn Wong-Tam will be the city convener, engaging the broader community and government.

In 2015, Ryerson announced that the university would host the 86th annual Congress of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The seven-day event is a forum for more than 9,000 distinguished academics, policy makers, researchers and practitioners. Attendees from across the country will exchange ideas and discover our campus and Ryerson’s scholarly work. Congress will take place from May 27 to June 2, 2017.

The Ryerson Congress Leadership Committee is made up of 10 diverse representatives from across campus, including members from the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Communication and Design, the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Administration and Finance, and Communications, Government and Community Engagement. This interdisciplinary committee will ensure the entire university is connected and included in the planning and hosting of Congress. Funding will be available to encourage and facilitate involvement from the Ryerson community.

“Congress is an incredible opportunity for all of Ryerson – within and beyond the Faculty of Arts – to engage the community, showcase our unique downtown campus and highlight the accomplishments of our students and faculty,” said Chris Evans, interim provost and vice president academic. “Cross-campus engagement is a fundamental priority for the university, and as such, the leadership committee will develop strategies and solutions to ensure Congress comes alive across campus and within all divisions.”

Marco A. Fiola, professor, Faculty of Arts, has been appointed academic convener and city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has been named the inaugural city convener. Fiola is the chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC). Wong-Tam represents the Toronto Centre-Rosedale region and is an active member of the Ryerson community.

Marco A. Fiola, academic convener, holds a PhD in translation studies from the University of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, and has been teaching linguistics and translation at Ryerson since 2006. Fiola is a certified translator and terminologist, an award-winning researcher, as well as the author of several books, and numerous articles and chapters on translator subjectivity, machine translation and intertextuality. He recently led the establishment of LLC’s new BA in Language and Intercultural Relations, which launches in September 2016.

As academic convener of Congress 2017, Fiola will act as Ryerson’s Congress ambassador. He will oversee the development of informative and inspiring programming related to the event theme From Far and Wide: The Next 150, which will explore and celebrate Canada’s identity, history, achievements and future on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. Fiola will also promote Congress within the campus community and to the local and national media.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is the inaugural city convener, a new role that Ryerson implemented for Congress. She has extensive career investing in the City of Toronto through both the public and private sectors and is an active and supportive member of the Ryerson community. As an advocate for city-building and community engagement, Ryerson has appointed Wong-Tam to help engage the broader community and promote activities with the municipal government.

The 10 members of the Congress 2017 Leadership Committee are:

Jean-Paul Boudreau
Dean, Faculty of Arts

Academic Convener
Marco Fiola
Professor, LLC, Faculty of Arts

City Convener
Kristyn Wong-Tam
City Councillor

Marie Bountrogianni
Dean, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Tony Conte
Executive Director, Administration and Finance

Charles Falzon
Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design

Monica Jako
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Planning, Faculty of Arts

Heather Lane Vetere
Vice-Provost, Students

Jennifer MacTavish
Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Sharmaine McKenzie
Manager, Administration and Process Improvements, Faculty of Arts

Cathy Parry, Director
Marketing and Creative Services

For more information about Congress 2017 at Ryerson, please visit the Faculty of Arts.

Congress reflects the key role of the humanities and social sciences in solving complex problems and promoting innovation in Canada. The country’s largest academic gathering, it will unite 9,000+ scholars, researchers, educators, policymakers and students from across Canada and around the world to share findings, refine ideas and build partnerships. As the annual conference of more than 70 scholarly associations, the event will feature presentations, workshops, panels, public lectures, cultural events, receptions and Canada’s largest academic tradeshow. From theatre research, literature studies and history to education, sociology and communications, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity and leadership. Visit the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences website for more information.

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