I am honored to be assuming the role of CSFS President for a second time and I am told that practice makes perfect!
Since my first stint, I note that the Society has dramatically improved their Web presence with a new logo, modernized website, and Facebook page. In addition, the conversion of the CSFS Journal to an on-line version in partnership with Taylor and Francis has been hugely successful as the subscription base has increased by at least 10 times and the breadth has become international. Kudos to all of the CSFS members for their vision, commitment, and dedicated efforts in continuing to move our Society forward! Over the next year, I hope to continue this progress.
The three priorities that I have identified for the upcoming year include:
1) Increasing focus on regional events to ensure inclusion of those members that are physically located outside of the central core, i.e. West Coast, the Prairies, and Atlantic Canada,
2) Leveraging opportunities for increased engagement amongst younger CSFS members, and
3) Conducting a comprehensive review of our current operating structure to ensure that membership dues are being utilized in the most effective and efficient manner.
For now, the organizing committee at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa are continuing their efforts towards organizing all of the workshops, plenary sessions, and scientific presentations as well as the exciting social events for the upcoming 2020 conference “Forensic Science in Canada: An Evolving Community.” Please mark the dates of May 11 to 15, 2020 in your calendars and watch for further updates in the next few months.
Finally, please feel free to share any ideas or initiatives that you may have towards helping the Society fulfill its obligations to the members! My office is open 24/7 at Benny.Wong@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
To our success!!! Benny Wong