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WHO THEY ARE 

Today the fellowship comprises four categories: Honorary Fellows, Regularly Elected Fellows, Specially Elected Fellows and Foreign Fellows. The initial fellowship was selected by a committee headed by the Principal of McGill University, Sir John William Dawson, and by the former Premier of Quebec, Pierre J.O. Chauveau, who served respectively as the first two Presidents of the Society. This founding cohort of Fellows included Sir Sandford Fleming, the originator of the world system of Standard Time, and Sir William Osler, one of the greatest physicians of his day. Since 1882, new Fellows have been nominated and elected by their peers who are themselves Fellows of the Society. Over 3,700 scholars and artists have been inducted into to the fellowship over the past hundred and thirty years.

Today, the Society counts over 2,000 Canadian Fellows. While the early fellowship was drawn primarily from Quebec and Ontario, since that time its geographic reach has expanded to include scholars and artists drawn from every region of Canada.

Approximately 20 per cent of the fellowship indicates French as their first language. Most Fellows hold, or have held, positions in Canadian universities, although many are primarily affi liated with research institutes, government agencies, or private sector laboratories and think tanks. Today the By-laws provide that up to 75 nominees may be elected each year. In addition to Regularly Elected Fellows, the Society also inducts up to seven Specially Elected Fellows per year for contributions to the objectives of the Society other than by scholarship and research.

Annually, the Society also elects up to four Foreign Fellows who, at the time of their election, are neither residents nor citizens of Canada and who, by their exceptionally distinguished intellectual accomplishments in the arts, humanities and sciences, have helped promote the object of the Society in ways that have clear relevance for Canadian society. Finally, the By-laws envisage the election by the Council of the Society of up to two Honorary Fellows upon recommendation of the President during each presidential term.

THE ACADEMIES

The RSC consists of three bilingual Academies embracing a broad range of scholarly disciplines and artistic fields.

Academy I is the Academy of the Arts and Humanities. There are three Divisions of Academy I: an Anglophone Division (I) - Humanities; a Francophone division (II) - Lettres et sciences humaines; and a bilingual Division for the Arts (III) - embracing architecture, creative writing, and the arts.

Academy II is the Academy of Social Sciences. There are two Divisions of Academy II: an Anglophone Division (I) - Social Sciences; and a Francophone Division (II) - Sciences sociales.

Academy III is the Academy of Science. There are four Divisions of Academy III: Applied Sciences and Engineering; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Life Sciences; and Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Each Division of Academy III is comprised of both English-speaking and French-speaking Fellows. 

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FELLOWS DIRECTORY

Dr. Cyril Belshaw

213

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1969

Discipline

Anthropology / Archaeology

Dr. Izak Benbasat

3269

Affiliation

The University of British Columbia

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2005

Discipline

Administration / Management
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M. Yoshua Bengio

11283

Affiliation

Université de Montréal

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2017

Discipline

Mathematics and Computer Sciences
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Jamie Benidickson

10854

Affiliation

University of Ottawa

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2016

Discipline

Law

Brahim Benmokrane

9741

Affiliation

Université de Sherbrooke

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2013
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Susan Bennett

10826

Affiliation

University of Calgary

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2016

Discipline

Literature

Cecilia Benoit

9742

Affiliation

University of Victoria

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2013

David Bentley

1535

Affiliation

Western University

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1999

Discipline

Languages / Philology

Dr. David Bercuson

215

Affiliation

University of Calgary

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1988

Discipline

History

Carl Berger

216

Affiliation

University of Toronto

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

1977

Discipline

History
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Prof. André Berger

3487

Affiliation

Université Catholique de Louvain

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2007

Discipline

Atmospheric Sciences
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Dr. Yves Bergeron

3674

Affiliation

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2010

Discipline

Plant Biology

John Bergeron

655

Affiliation

McGill University

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1995

Discipline

Molecular Biology and Genetics
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Dr. Yves Bergeron

3674

Affiliation

Université du Québec à Montréal

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2010

Discipline

Plant Biology
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Fikret Berkes

10536

Affiliation

University of Manitoba

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2015

Discipline

Geography

Mr. Louis Berlinguet

656

Affiliation

Université du Québec à Montréal

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1969

Discipline

Microbiology and Biochemistry

Mr. André Bernard

1739

Affiliation

Université du Québec à Montréal

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

1995

Discipline

Political Science

Jean-Thomas Bernard

3618

Affiliation

University of Ottawa

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2009

Discipline

Economics

Louis Bernatchez

3758

Affiliation

Université Laval

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2011

Discipline

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Mr. Bernard Bernier

3822

Affiliation

Université de Montréal

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2011

Discipline

Anthropology

Serge Bernier

1541

Affiliation

National Defence - Défense nationale

Academy

Academy of Social Sciences

Year Elected

2001

Discipline

History
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Marc-André Bernier

10522

Affiliation

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Academy

Academy of the Arts and Humanities

Year Elected

2015

Discipline

Literature
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Charles Bernstein

3880

Affiliation

University of Manitoba

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

2012

Discipline

Medical Sciences

Alan Bernstein

657

Affiliation

Canadian Institute of Health Research

Academy

Academy of Science

Year Elected

1991

Discipline

Medical Sciences

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