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Cardus Welcomes Paul Bates and David Sikkink as Senior Fellows

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HAMILTON, May 27, 2014—Ray Pennings, executive vice-president of Cardus, has announced the appointment of two significant leaders in education and business to the Hamilton-based think tank’s Senior Fellows program.

Paul K. Bates, of McMaster University in Hamilton, and David Sikkink, of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, will join the Senior Fellows group effective immediately.

“David and Paul are outstanding thought-leaders in their respective fields. Their addition adds immeasurably to the already highly impressive expertise and eclecticism of our Fellows,” Pennings said.

Cardus Senior Fellows comprise a network of recognized experts in a wide range of disciplines, bringing specialized expertise and capacity to Cardus research projects and events. Cardus provides an institutional framework within which they can write about and speak on key topics within their specialties.

Paul Bates is Assistant Professor of Leadership at McMaster Divinity College, following two years as special advisor to the president at McMaster University. Prior to this he was dean of the DeGroote School of Business during the seven-year period when it tripled its number of doctoral candidates and doubled the enrolment in its MBA program.

Prior to his academic career, he established himself as a major figure in the Bay Street business world, including presidencies of four major investment and brokerage firms.

“Paul Bates brings business and academic experience to the table and has thought deeply regarding questions of vocation and leadership. Shaping a society in which labour is understood, valued, and appropriately rewarded is among our contemporary challenges; Paul’s expertise will help inform Cardus in addressing this,” Pennings said.

At Notre Dame, David Sikkink is an associate professor in the sociology department and has been deeply engaged with the Cardus Education Survey. He now serves as the director of the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative. His Ph.D. dissertation at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill examined the shaping effect of religion and community on education, leading to a career interest in the relationship between faith and schooling. He has also published in scholarly journals articles on faith and political protest as well as on the American Christian Right.

“Through our partnership with the University of Notre Dame and the education research projects we have completed together, Cardus has come to appreciate David’s breadth of expertise regarding youth and religion in North America today,” Pennings said. “We look forward to incorporating that expertise into our Senior Fellows symposiums to shape our strategies regarding renewing North America’s social architecture.”

Cardus is a think-tank based in Hamilton, Ontario, which focuses on the renewal of social architecture in North America.

For further information on the Cardus Senior Fellows Program and the Senior Fellows themselves, visit To arrange an interview with David Sikkink, Paul K. Bates or other Senior Fellows, please contact Naomi Biesheuvel at or call 905-528-8866 x31.