New Dean Name: Welcome Dr Matt Davison

Western Taps New Science Dean

Matt Davison believes science plays a significant role in both the day-to-day life of a university and the generation-to-generation preservation of human understanding. He wants the world to know the same. “There are thousands of years of research behind what we do. Keeping that alive is already a huge contribution we make as scientists,” said the Statistical and Actuarial Sciences professor. “But then we extend it – every day in our labs, in our classrooms, on our chalkboards, in our field schools. That is a massive contribution. The general public often does not connect small ‘s’ science with the big ‘s’ Faculty of Science. They think of us as teachers, first and foremost, and forget we are also making some of the scientific discoveries that drive the world.”

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Dr. Matt Davison's Biography

Dr Davison has been a faculty member at Western since July 1999 and has held several leadership roles in the Faculty since 2014, including Acting Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. Currently, he serves as the founding director of the School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences — an entity that combines the three departments of Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. Matt held a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Finance between 2006 and 2016 and is a Fields Institute Fellow. Prior to joining Western as a faculty member, Matt was Assistant Vice President, Equity Arbitrage, at Deutsche Bank Canada from 1997-1999, and he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Physiology Institute of the University of Bern (Switzerland) from 1995-1997. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) from the University of Toronto and an MSc and PhD in Applied Math from Western. With teaching and research interests in risk management and financial mathematics and a particular focus on using these ideas to better finance and operate renewable and other energy infrastructures, Matt has published over 65 papers, nine book chapters and 13 conference proceedings. He has had continuous NSERC Discovery grant support since the beginning of his academic career and he has graduated 53 Master’s and 18 PhD students from his research group.