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Last Modified 2005-08-11




Stephen Déry, PhD.




Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1968, I consider myself nonetheless a native of Northern Ontario where my family relocated 3 years after my birth. I grew up within a bilingual (French and English) environment in New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada, until I moved back to Toronto in 1987 to attend York University. At York, I completed both a Bachelor's (1991) and Master's (1993) degree in the field of Atmospheric Science. I then participated in a student work exchange programme by IAESTE that gave me pertinent experience in my field of studies at the Technical University of Budapest in Hungary (1994). Subsequently, I returned to York University as a project scientist studying blowing snow. I then applied in 1996 and was accepted at McGill University for the Ph.D. programme in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

During my years as a university student, I have been extensively involved with student associations and community groups. At York University, I was at a volunteer for the Learning Disabilities Programme (1987-89), vice-president and treasurer of C House Council of Founders Residence, president, treasurer and active member of the York Atmospheric Club (1988-1993), and a student representative for the Faculty of Graduate Studies (1992-93). Since joining the ranks of McGill University, I have maintained an active role in student organizations as the list below demonstrates.


Positions Held

Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Northern Hydrometeorology, University of Northern British Columbia, Jul. 2005-Present.

Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University, Feb. 2004-Present.

Visiting Research Scientist, Princeton University, Jan. 2004-Jun. 2005

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Dec. 2000-Dec. 2003.

Project Scientist, York University, Nov. 1994-Aug. 1996.

Research Scientist, Technical University of Budapest, summer of 1994.

Meteorological Technician, Ontario Hydro, summers of 1991 and 1992.


Memberships and Affiliations

Extracurricular Activities

Post-Graduate Students' Society of McGill University

  • 2000 - Member, Joint Senate-Board of Governors Committee on Equity
  • 2000 - Member, Work Group on Homophobia of the JSBGCE
  • 1999-2000 - University and Academic Affairs Coordinator
  • 1999-2000 - Member, Graduate Studies Policy Committee
  • 1999-2000 - Member, Task Force on the Restructuring of the FGSR
  • 1999-2000 - Member, Academic Integrity Subcommittee of the CSA
  • 1999-2000 - Chair, PGSS Task Force on the Restructuring of the FGSR
  • 1998-2000 - Chair/Member, Acamedic Issues Committee
  • 1998-2000 - Chair/Member, Committee for Graduate Student Support
  • 1998-2000 - Member, Library Advisory Committee for PSEAL
  • 1998-1999 - Doctoral Senator
  • 1998-1999 - Member, Ad Hoc Constitution Committee
  • 1998 - Member, Internal Affairs Committee
  • 1997-1998 - Departmental Representative
Queer McGill (formerly LBGTM)
  • 1996-98 - Treasurer

Queer Grad Caucus

  • 1997-1999 - Group initiator and moderator


  • 1998-1999 - Member, Board of Directors
  • 1996-1998 - Active member

Commission des Universités sur les Programmes

  • 1998 - Student representative for the Earth, Water and Atmospheric Sciences Programmes of Quebec

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Students' Society

  • 1997 - 1998 - President
  • 1996 - 1997 - First-year representative

Association for Graduate Students Employed at McGill University

  • 1997-1999 - Departmental representative

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council

  • 1997-1998 - Departmental representative



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