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About - Association for Canadian Studies


The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to increase Canadians’ knowledge of their country via conferences, publications, learning materials and research. The ACS initiates and supports multidisciplinary projects and activities which offer potential for enhancing knowledge about Canadian society. The ACS directs special attention to the manner in which key historical events, immigration and diversity shape current realities.

The ACS continuously works on broadening its nationwide network of educators, university professors, researchers, journalists and policy makers. This network allows the ACS to foster a unique environment for cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary conversations about our country, its past, present and its future.


The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) is an organization which initiates and supports activities in the areas of research, teaching, communications, and the training of students in the field of Canadian Studies, especially in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives.

The ACS also strives to raise public awareness of Canadian issues, and provides the Canadian Studies community, principally within Canada, with a wide range of activities and programs.

The ACS supports the study of Canada by encouraging interdisciplinary exchanges that complement and connect the efforts of scholars in diverse fields as well as leaders in the public and private sectors. The ACS is committed to raising public awareness of significant research and public policy issues, and to providing opportunities for advancing debate and action through collaborative activities and publications.


Jack Jedwab - President & CEO

Jack is the President of the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration and the Association for Canadian Studies. Holding a Ph.D. in Canadian History from Concordia University, he has taught at the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University. His courses have covered the history of immigration in Quebec, ethnic minorities in Quebec, official language minorities in Canada, public policy and sports in Canada. He also regularly contributes to essays for books, journals and newspapers across the country, in addition to authoring various publications and government reports on issues of immigration, multiculturalism, human rights and official languages.

James Ondrick - Programs and Administration Director

James has a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University and an M.A. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University. James had worked in the community, NGO and political sectors before joining the team in 2001.

(514) 925-3097

Sarah Kooi - Senior Project Manager

Sarah has been part of the team since 2008, where she works on a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from international programs and partnerships to national projects and activities. She is the managing editor of Canadian Diversity and the Canadian Journal for Social Research. Sarah also coordinates the Canada-China Institute on Minorities, a long term bilateral research partnership between researchers from Canada and the Chinese State Ethnic Affairs Commission.

(778) 929-9548

Ashley Manuel - Managing Director

Ashley holds an M.A. in Education and Society from McGill University and an Honours B.Soc.Sc. in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, with a minor in Sociology from the University of Ottawa. Her work in government, non-profit and academic sectors has involved research in the fields of immigration, multiculturalism, security, education, human rights and public policy.

(514) 925-3099

Paul Holley - Research Director

Paul received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Arizona State University in 2006. Paul’s current research focuses on immigrant integration and entrepreneurship, student retention after graduation, youth unemployment, mental health and resiliency, and other issues affecting the English-speaking community of Quebec. In his prior role, Paul was a research and evaluation manager for the Human Early Learning Partnership at the University of British Columbia.

(514) 925-3096

Chloé Nignol - Communications Coordinator

Chloé holds a Master's degree in Communication from the Institut supérieur européen de formation par l'action (ISEFAC) in France. Her three years of experience working in internal and external communications in France has led her to take on the responsibilities of communications and translation as of 2018.

(514) 925-3099

Miriam Taylor - Director of Partnerships and Publications

Miriam holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Oxford University. With diverse experience in the fields of research, education, administration and community service, Miriam specializes in immigration and diversity issues.

(514) 925-3096

Anh Nguyen - Research Analyst

Anh holds an M.A. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa. She has more than 7 years of experience working in the field of international cooperation, project management, and program evaluation. Anh has a great passion for collecting, retrieving, and analyzing large datasets to inform decision making.

(514) 925-3099


(Elected on November 23, 2019)

  • Dr. Julie Perrone, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Director, Communications & Marketing, Finance Montréal, Montreal, Quebec
  • Celine Cooper, Editor, The Canadian Encyclopedia, Instructor, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
  • Hubert Lussier, retired – Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jane Badets, retired – Assistant Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Gisèle Yasmeen, Executive Director, Food Secure Canada, Montreal, Quebec
  • Professor Howard Ramos, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • The Honourable Marlene Jennings, P.C., LLb.,Lawyer, Montreal, Quebec
  • Madeline Ziniak, Consultant, Chairperson of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association, Toronto, Ontario
  • Professor Chedly Belkhodja, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
  • Jean Teillet, Partner at Pape Salter Teillet LLP, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Professor Joanna Anneke Rummens, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

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