Population Change and Lifecourse

Executive Committee

Rod Beaujot (Director, Western University)

With a PhD in Sociology from University of Alberta (1975), Roderic Beaujot was Demographer at Statistics Canada (1974-76) and has since been at the University of Western Ontario. Since 2011, he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, member of the Centre for Population, Aging and Health, and Director of the Research Data Centre at Western.

He is Principal Investigator for Population Change and Lifecourse, a Strategic Knowledge Cluster funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and chair of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Demographic Statistics and Studies.

He has been President of the Canadian Population Society (2000-02) and the Federation of Canadian Demographers (1987-90). He was a member of the Canadian Delegation at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994).

Beaujot’s research interests include the evolving demographics of Canada and implications for social policy in areas of family, health, labour force, pensions, education, and social security.

As President of the Federation of Canadian Demographers, Beaujot led the 1989 bid to hold the 1993 IUSSP Congress in Montreal. He was organizer of sessions on "Causes of Low Fertility" (2005), and "Childlessness" (2013). He also helped fund and organize the IUSSP Distinguished Lecture Series at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994), including publishing a summary which appeared in Canadian Studies in Population 23(1): 69-98 (1996).

Céline Le Bourdais (McGill University)

(Ph.D. in Sociology, Brown University, 1984; M.Sc. in demography, Université de Montréal, 1979), Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change, at McGill University since 2004; Invited Professor at the Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal; Adjunct Professor, Département de démographie, Université de Montréal.

Before joining McGill University, Céline Le Bourdais was a professor at INRS, from 1982 to 2004. She has served as the director of INRS – Urbanisation (Université du Québec) from 1989-1993. From 1997 to 2002, she was the founding director of the Centre interuniversitaire d'études démographiques (CIED) established by the Université de Montréal and INRS, and, from 2000 to 2010, the founding academic director of the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS), comprised of seven Quebec universities, including McGill, which provides researchers access to Statistics Canada longitudinal survey data and training in advanced statistical methods. A specialist in quantitative longitudinal analysis applied to the study of family, she has taught several years, since 1999, in the QICSS Summer School that she has developed with colleagues from INRS and Université de Montréal.

Her research focuses on the effect of recent socio-demographic changes - in marriage, fertility and the labour market - on family dynamics and the family life course of women, men and children and their implications for family policy. Her publications cover a wide range of related issues: the relationship between the type of conjugal union and its stability; parental time and the sharing of household tasks; the rise in the number of lone-parent and step-families as a result of union instability; the impact of parents’ conjugal behaviour on the life histories of their children, and on the relationship fathers maintain with their children after separation.

Susan McDaniel (University of Lethbridge)

Susan A. McDaniel is Canada Research (Tier 1) in Global Population and Life Course, Prentice Research Chair in Global Population and Economy and Professor of Sociology, University of Lethbridge. She has Canadian active research interests in international social policy, life course and demographic change worldwide, demographic aging, generational relations, family change and the social impacts of technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (the highest honour Canada bestows for academic achievement and excellence) and the recipient of many research and teaching awards.

Dr. McDaniel has served as Editor of The Canadian Journal of Sociology, and the international journal, Current Sociology. She was Vice-President Publications of the International Sociological Association, and President of both the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association and the Canadian Population Society. She was elected Director of the Social Sciences Division of the Royal Society of Canada (2008-2010). She serves on the Editorial Boards of TEN journals, including The British Journal of Sociology. She has served on the National Statistics Council for 16 years, advising the federal government of Canada on the collection and analysis of all public data. And she serves as Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Canadian Council of Academies, one of the very few social scientists to serve.

Kevin McQuillan (University of Calgary)

Kevin McQuillan

Byron Spencer (McMaster University)

Byron Spencer

Zenaida Ravanera (Associate Director, ex-officio non-voting, Western University)

With Ph.D. in Demography (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 1986) and MBA (Xavier University, Philippines, 1982), Zenaida Ravenara has been a researcher from 1990 to 2009 in the Population Studies Centre, and from 2010 in the Centre for Population, Aging and Health at Western University. She was Information Officer of the Research Data Centre at Western from 2006 to 2014. She is currently Associate Director of the Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster.

Zenaida Ravanera’s areas of research are Family Demography and Immigration. For the SSHRC-funded project, Family Transformation and Social Cohesion, she edited (with Kevin McQuillan) Canada’s Changing Families: Implications for Individuals and Society, published by the University of Toronto Press in 1986. She has published articles in journals on topics that include childlessness, fatherhood, social capital and family structures, life course trajectories, and measuring social cohesion. Her current research interests in family demography include risk and resilience over the adult life course with particular focus on living alone at midlife; and for immigration, she focuses on developing an index that measures the ability and willingness of communities to welcome immigrants.