The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science enjoys an international reputation for excellence in research. A selection of awards and honours received by our faculty are listed below.

Awards from the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC)

Honorary Member

  • 2014 - Jerry Lawless
  • 2013 - ​Bovas Abraham
  • 2001 - V.P. Godambe
  • 1995 - David Sprott

Gold Medal

  • 2017 - Richard Cook
  • 2007 - Don McLeish
  • 2003 - Mary Thompson
  • 1999 - Jerry Lawless
  • 1994 - Jack Kalbfleisch
  • 1988 - David Sprott
  • 1987 - V.P. Godambe

Distinguished Service Award

  • 2014 - Mary Thompson

Pierre Robillard Award

  • 2016 - Yujie Zhong (supervisor: Richard Cook)
  • 2015 - Ying Yan (supervisor: Grace Yi)
  • 2014 - Liqun Diao (supervisor: Richard Cook)
  • 2012 - ​Bei Chen (supervisors: Bovas Abraham and Yulia Gel)
  • 2009 - M.Q. Zhou (supervisors: ​Mary Thompson and Peter Song)
  • 2008 - ​Baojiang Chen (supervisors: Richard Cook and Grace Yi)
  • 2004 - Zeny Feng (supervisors: Jiahua Chen and Mary Thompson)
  • 1997 - Etmond Tze-Man Ng (supervisor: Richard Cook)
  • 1996 - Edward Susko (supervisors: Jack Kalbfleisch and Jiahua Chen)
  • 1995 - X.J. Hu (supervisor: Jerry Lawless)
  • 1994 - Hugh A. Chipman (supervisors: Jeff C.F. Wu and Mike S. Hamada)
  • 1992 - Jing Qin (supervisor: Jerry Lawless)
  • 1985 - Roman Viveros-Aguilera (supervisor: David Sprott)
  • 1983 - Thomas A. Diciccio (supervisor: Mary Thompson)
  • 1982 - Anthony F. Desmond (supervisor: Mary Thompson)

CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics

  • 2012 - Changbao Wu
  • 2010 - Grace Yi
  • 2007 - Richard Cook
  • 2005 - Jiahua Chen
  • 2001 - Colleen Cutler

The Canadian Journal of Statistics Award

  • 2016 - Grace Y. Yi, Xianming Tan, & Runze Li
  • 2002 - Don McLeish
  • 1999 - Richard Cook
  • 1998 - Jerry Lawless

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

  • 2006 - Mary Thompson
  • 2002 - V.P. Godambe
  • 2000 - Jerry Lawless
  • 1994 - Jack Kalbfleisch
  • 1975 - David Sprott

Institutional awards

University Professor​

  • 2006 - Phelim Boyle
  • 2004 - Mary Thompson

Distinguished Professor Emeritus/Emerita

  • 2010 - Mary Thompson
  • 2008 - Jerry Lawless
  • 1991 - V.P. Godambe
  • 2005 - Jack Kalbfleisch
  • 1996 - David Sprott

Honours and appointments

  • 2012 to 2017 - David Landriault; Canada Research Chair in Risk Theory.
  • 2012 - ​​Jerry Lawless; Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality.
  • 2012 - Ryan Brown, Stefan Steiner, Jock MacKay; W.J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing.
  • 2012 - Carole Bernard; SCOR - EFRIE Young Economist Best Paper.
  • 2012 - Carole Bernard; Johan de Witt Prize, Dutch Actuarial Association.
  • 2012 - Changbao Wu, David Hammond, Mary Thompson; Lise Manchester Award.
  • 2012 - Mary Hardy; Finlaison Medal, U.K. Institute of Faculty Actuaries.
  • 2005 to 2019 - Richard Cook; Canada Research Chair in Statistical Methods for Health Research.
  • 2010 - Mary Thompson; Elizabeth Scott Award.
  • 2009 - Mary Thompson; Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Canadian Medical Association Journal "Top Canadian Achievement in Health Research".
  • 2008 - Phelim Boyle; Institute of Actuaries Gold Medal.
  • 2007 - Mary Thompson; Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision.
  • 2007 - Robert Brown; University of Waterloo 50th Anniversary Alumni Award.
  • 2007 - Steve Drekic; Canadian Operational Research Society Service Award.
  • 2006 - Bovas Abraham; Hunter Award.
  • 2005 - Phelim Boyle; IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year.
  • 2000 to 2005 - Richard Cook; CIHR Investigator, CIHR.
  • 2004 - Stefan Steiner and Jock MacKay; Frank Wilcoxon Prize.
  • 1999 to 2004 - Richard Cook; Premier's Research Excellence Award.
  • 2001 - Jim Kalbfleisch; Provost Emeritus.
  • 1996 to 2000 - Richard Cook; Scholar Award, Medical Research Council of Canada.