Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Prof Masi, attended Colgate University on academic and athletic scholarships (but by his own admission was a much better student than he was a football player) and holds a doctorate in sociology-demography from Brown University. He was appointed to a tenure-track position in sociology, as a demographer and social statistician, at McGill University in 1979. Prof Masi was Provost (chief academic officer and chief budget officer) of McGill from 2005 to 2015 during which time he coordinated the development and implementation of two strategic plans for the University, “Strengths and Aspirations” (2007) and “Achieving Strategic Academic Priorities” (2012). From 2000 to 2005, he held the position of McGill’s Chief Information Technology Officer, unifying units that previously reported to four different VPs and was responsible for the creation of a single point of contact help system that operated under service level agreements with end-users. He has just returned to McGill from a sabbatical leave as a Visiting Research Professor in the Dipartimento di Metodi e Modelli per l’Economia, il Territorio e la Finanza of the Facoltà di Economia at the Università di Roma I – La Sapienza (January to June 2016). He sits on the National Statistics Council, an advisory board to Canada’s Chief Statistician, and in May he concluded a four-year term as a member of the Consiglio Scientifico of Italy’s CNR (National Research Council). Over his academic career, in addition to his recent stay at La Sapienza, Prof Masi has been a Visiting Professor in Italy at Bari (1987; 1994) and Pisa (1990) and was the first non-Italian citizen to be the Jemolo Fellow in Italian Studies at Nuffield College, Oxford (1993). Between 1996 and 2000, Prof Masi was an extra-mural research fellow at the Italian National Institute of Statistics and is currently using data from that organization (ISTAT) in his research on labour force participation of individuals residing in Italy at the start and finish of their working lives. He has held numerous peer-reviewed research grants and has published in the areas of industrial sociology, labour force, internal migrations, industrial policies, and educational technologies. Italy enrolled him in the “Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” (2012) and Canada awarded him the “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal” (2013).
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