Three Laurier professors have been elected as fellows of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada (RSC), an unprecedented triple honour for the university. Phelim Boyle, Rianne Mahon and Eleanor Ty will be formally inducted into the society during a ceremony in Ottawa on Nov. 22.
Boyle, a faculty member at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, is an actuary and pioneer of quantitative finance. Mahon, a member of Laurier’s Department of Political Science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, is an expert on comparative social policy and gendered global governance. Ty, a member of Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, is an expert on Asian North American literature and culture, as well as 18th- and 19th-century women’s fiction and cultural memory.
“Professors Boyle, Mahon and Ty are internationally acclaimed scholars who are richly deserving of one of the highest honours in Canadian academia,” said Laurier President Deborah MacLatchy. “All three have had a global impact on their fields and were elected by their peers as among the best in the world. We at Laurier are immensely proud of them.”
As members of Canada’s senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists, fellows of the Royal Society of Canada advise governments, non-governmental organizations and Canadians generally on matters of public interest. They also mentor developing scholars.
This is the first time Laurier has had three fellows elected to the Royal Society of Canada in the same year. Professor Emerita Rhoda Howard-Hassman was elected in 1993 and Adjunct Professor William Finlayson was elected in 2002.
Laurier is also home to five current members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Anne Wilson was named to the college in 2014, Alison Blay-Palmer and Alison Mountz in 2016 and Jennifer Baltzer and Shohini Ghose in 2017.