OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2013) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), today announced the appointments of Dr. Josée Audet and Mr. John A. Baker to SSHRC.

"I am pleased to welcome Dr. Audet and Mr. Baker as new members of the Council," said Minister Paradis. "I know that SSHRC will benefit greatly from their diverse backgrounds and experiences as it helps further university research and training in areas related to social science, culture and economics."

Dr. Audet is currently a professor in the Management Department at Université Laval. Prior to this, she was a professor in the Département des sciences de la gestion at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Dr. Audet is the author and co-author of numerous publications. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Université Laval (1998), her M.B.A. in Finance from McGill University (1984) and her LL.B. from Université Laval (1978).

Mr. Baker is the Founder, President and CEO of Desire2Learn Incorporated, a recipient of the Deloitte Technology Fast50 award for four consecutive years from 2006 to 2009. He graduated with an Honours B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering, with First Class Honours and an option in Management Sciences, from the University of Waterloo. In 2009, he received Top 40 Under 40 honours for Waterloo Region. Then in the following year, he received the University of Wa terloo's Faculty of Engineering Young Alumni Achievement Medal.

SSHRC is a federal agency that promotes and supports post-secondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs, SSHRC works to develop talented leaders for all sectors of society, to help generate insights about people, ideas and behaviour, and to establish connections within and beyond academia that will build a better future for Canada and the world. For more information, visit the SSHRC website (

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Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
Minister of Industry

Media Relations
Industry Canada

Julia Gualtieri
Media Relations Adviser
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
of Canada