Professor Emeritus
Dr. Fred C. Wien
Professor Emeritus



Fred Wien has an Honours BA in Political Studies and Spanish from Queen's University (1962-66), and an MA and PhD in Development Sociology, Government and Latin American Studies from Cornell University (1966-71).

His initial academic appointment was at the University of Western Ontario (1970-73) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, where he was also cross-appointed to the Office on International Education. In 1973, he was appointed a Research Associate at the Institute of Public Affairs where he was one of the leaders of a major research program on low-income work in the Maritime region. He became the Director of the Maritime School of Social Work in 1981, serving in that capacity until 1986 and on an acting basis on two occasions more recently.

Between 1992 and 1996, Dr. Wien served as the Deputy Director of Research at the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples where he headed up the research program on employment and economic development. Upon his return to Dalhousie in 1996, he continued as a professor in the School of Social Work but also serves as the nominated principal applicant for the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program, funded by CIHR/IAPH. He is also the co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP).

At a national level, he is a member of the Make Poverty History Expert Advisory Committee serving the Assembly of First Nations, and the Advisory Committee on Social Conditions for Statistics Canada.
  The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, PhD, C.M., O.N.S.
Senator - Nova Scotia (East Preston)

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard is a highly regarded social worker, educator, researcher, community activist and advocate of social change. Senator Bernard was a professor at the Dalhousie School of Social Work from 1990-2017, where she also served as director for a decade. In 2016, she was appointed Special Advisor on Diversity and Inclusiveness at Dalhousie University and she is the first African Nova Scotian to hold a tenure track position at Dalhousie University and to be promoted to full professor. In 2017, Senator Bernard was appointed Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Work (SSW) at Dalhousie University; the first woman within the SSW to achieve this appointment, and the first African Canadian to be appointed Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University.

Senator Bernard has worked with provincial organizations to bring diversity to the political processes in Nova Scotia and teach community members about Canada’s legislative process and citizen engagement. She now uses a race equity lens to address anti-Black racism on a federal level. In March of 2018, she launched an Inquiry on anti-Black racism, the first of its kind. She is a founding member of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) which helps address the needs of marginalized citizens, especially those of African descent. As a former member of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and as its past Chair, she was instrumental in the development of advice to ministers regarding frameworks for gender violence prevention and health equity. At the national level, she has served as a member of the National Coalition of Advisory Councils on the Status of Women. She has served as an expert witness in human rights cases and has presented at many local, national and international forums. Senator Bernard has received many honours for her work and community leadership, notably the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

Senator Bernard is the Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, and Vice-Chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.