Dr. Charmaine Dean bestowed the rank of Chevalier in the prestigious Ordre des Palmes académiques

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Dr. Charmaine Dean, professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science in the Faculty of Mathematics, and vice-president, research and international at the University of Waterloo, was bestowed the rank of Chevalier (Knight) in the prestigious Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) – France’s national order recognizing exemplary services to education and cultural heritage.

Originally established by Napoleon I in 1808, the civil honour is bequeathed to individuals for their exceptional academic contributions and, as well, it is awarded for contributions in advancing collaborations with France.

“I am humbled by this award and would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Ambassador and the French government for bestowing me with this honour,” said Dr. Dean.

Dr. Dean has led a remarkable career in academia for over three decades in statistics and data science with applications in health and forest fire analytics, among other areas. Much of this work has been in collaboration with other disciplines and various organizations as partners.

Here at Waterloo, Dr. Dean has made her mark by providing research strategic leadership including for strengthening synergy in research across disciplines - and with academic and industry partners – and for enhancing government connections and efforts toward Canadian research priorities, all while promoting equity and diversity.

“On behalf of the University of Waterloo, I am immensely proud to congratulate my esteemed colleague Dr. Charmaine Dean on this well-deserved distinction in the Ordre des Palmes académiques. Waterloo is fortunate to have you as a part of its senior leadership team,” said Vivek Goel, president and vice-chancellor of the University.

Alongside other Ontario institutions, Dr. Dean has also worked toward deepening connections between France and Ontario, and Canada at large.

Please join in congratulating Dr. Dean on this incredible distinction!