David Binder

David Binder is President of the Statistical Society of Canada for 2005-2006 and was Director General of the Methodology Branch at Statistics Canada until 2004. While at Statistics Canada, among other things, he ensured that the Bureau was widely recognized internationally for its research contributions in survey methodology. David has several journal publications, mostly relating to the theory and methods for the analysis of complex survey data. He is very interested in the analytical use of survey data, and in making methods that account for the sampling design available and accessible to researchers in the social sciences. His contributions have been incorporated in a number of commercial statistical packages.

It was David who made the initial suggestion that the Research Committee of the Statistical Society of Canada set up a task group to address the opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration between statisticians and social scientists coming out of the Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics. Now as the President of the Statistical Society of Canada he is pursuing this agenda with vigour.

David is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He was also Chair of the Statistical Society of Ottawa and of the Survey Research Methods Section of ASA, as well as Scientific Secretary and Vice-President of the International Association of Survey Statisticians.