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2017 SORA/TABA Annual Workshop & DLSPH Biostatistics Research Day

Friday, 5 May 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

2017 SORA/TABA Annual Workshop & DLSPH Biostatistics...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Student, Retiree or SickKids Employee 3d 12h 50m $77.00 $0.00
Member (SORA or TABA) 3d 12h 50m $147.00 $0.00
P. Stat. or A. Stat. 3d 12h 50m $125.00 $0.00
Non-Member 3d 12h 50m $167.00 $0.00
Networking Dinner (Adult)
Venue TBC
3d 12h 50m $40.00 $0.00
Networking Dinner (Children)
Venue TBC
3d 12h 50m $15.00 $0.00
* Prices include GST/HST

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The Division of Biostatistics at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) is pleased to co-host, with the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the “SORA-TABA Workshop & DLSPH Biostatistics Research Day”. The event is intended to bring together the regional and local statistical communities who are interested in biostatistics, financial statistics and other applied areas of statistics. Please join us in making this joint event a great success!

In addition to the lecture presentations, the workshop will include poster presentations by participants; students and post-docs are particularly encouraged to present their research or practicum work, and three poster awards will be given at the closing ceremony. There will also be a career panel discussion which is aimed to provide career-building advice, especially for graduate students. The organization of this workshop represents a joint effort between DLSPH, SickKids Research Institute and the following organizations: the Southern Ontario Regional Association (SORA) of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC), the Southern Ontario Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Applied Biostatistics Association (TABA) and York University

Workshop Theme: Data Visualization

The theme of this year's workshop is data visualization. With increasing volumes of raw data being collected in, for example, health care and business analytics contexts, new graphical approaches are needed to generate hypotheses and extract actionable information. The workshop features four speakers, bringing together an eclectic mix of academic and professional expertise on the topic. The Speakers are Professor Michael Friendly (Department of Psychology, York University; Associate Coordinator of the Statistical Consulting Service at York University), Professor Claus Rinner (Chair of Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Ryerson University), Anne Stevens (Lead user experience designer, IBM – Watson Analytics), and Jamie Waese (Senior Manager, TD Bank's Enterprise Advanced Analytics Data Visualization Lab).

***For more information regarding the event, including ABSTRACT SUBMISSION for the student poster competition, please go to SORA-TABA Workshop page, if you have any questions, please email Ryan Rosner at




Michael Friendly

Michael Friendly is Professor of Psychology at York University and director of its Statistical Consulting Service. He is particularly well known for his contributions to graphical methods for categorical and multivariate data. He created a Milestones Project which chronologically lists all milestones in the history of thematic cartography, statistical graphs and at a visualization, with the aim to build a database to collect, catalog, organize, and illustrate those significant historical developments.


Claus Rinner


Claus Rinner is Department Chair of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University. His research aims to develop novel tools for, and improve existing approaches to, geovisual analytics, participatory mapping, and spatial decision support, with applications in public health, social policy, and environmental planning. His Season’s Greetings card with a map of traffic lights from Toronto’s open data catalog is included in the Canadian exhibit at the 2015 International Cartographic Conference.


Anne Stevens


Anne Stevens is the Design Lead for IBM Watson Analytics, who has a solid track record of leading edge design applied to real world problems (health care, electronic waste, sustainability, affordable housing). She offers the latest in digital media and design thinking, combined with over ten years’ private practice business experience. Her designs have won national design competitions and been showcased on CBC’s The Nature of Things.


Jamie Waese


Jamie Waese is the Senior Manager of the Enterprise Advanced Analytics • Data Visualization Lab at TD Bank. He has a PhD in data visualization from the Department of Cell & Systems Biology at the University of Toronto. His talk explores the complexities and benefits of applying data visualization principles and user experience design best practices to building data visualization tools for the analysis of large biological data sets.


Event Schedule


Registration & Breakfast (Second Floor Lobby)


Welcoming Remarks (Auditorium)

Annie Dupuis (Co-Chair, Organizing Committee)
Wendy Lou (DLSPH), Rulan Parekh (SickKids)
Hanna Jankowski  & Fernando Camacho (SORA), Ruth Croxford (TABA)
Olli Saarela (Co-Chair, Organizing Committee)


Session Chair: Hugh McCague, York University

Elliptical Insights: Geometric Travels in Multivariate Data Visualization
Michael Friendly
, York University


Health Break (Second Floor Lobby)


Session Chair: Teresa To, SickKids

Maps as Tools for Visual Analysis of Geospatial Data
Claus Rinner, Ryerson University


Networking Lunch (Second Floor Lobby)

Career-Advice Panel (Second Floor, Event Room 2b)


Poster Presentations (Second Floor Gallery)


Session Chair: Janet McDougall, McDougall Scientific

Data Visualization Design: Thinking Outside the Bar Chart
Anne Stevens, IBM Watson Analytics


Health Break (Second Floor Lobby)


Session Chair: Michael Escobar, University of Toronto

Applying Data Visualization Principles and User Experience Design: Best Practices to Tool Development for Large Biological Data Sets
Jamie Waese
, TD Bank


Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks (Auditorium)

Wendy Lou & Paul Corey (DLSPH), Annie Dupuis & Olli Saarela (Co-Chairs)


SORA Annual General Meeting (Second Floor, Event Room 2b)

Hanna Jankowski, Fernando Camacho, Hugh McCague (SORA)


Networking Dinner (optional)

Place to be confirmed

All Presentations will be held, unless stated otherwise, in the Auditorium of the Peter Giligan Centre for Research and Leaning (PGCRL).

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The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning (PGCRL) Auditorium
686 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5G 0A4

Friday, 5 May 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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