CAAS Elections 2024: Nominee Bios

Published on May 31, 2024

Nominations for Vice-President

Dr Michael Akinpelu


My name is Michael Akinpelu. I am an associate professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Regina, in Regina (Saskatchewan). My research interests focus on language policies and planning and their impact on sustainable development in multilingual environments (such as Africa). I am also interested in immigration from Sub-Saharan Africa, sociolinguistic approach to teaching and learning of French as a foreign language, as well as Francophonie in minority contexts. I am currently engaged in various research projects, including a study on the settlement and integration of Afro-Canadian immigrant youth in Saskatchewan.

Proposed contributions

It is an honour to be nominated for the role of CAAS Vice-President. As Vice-President, I would like to contribute to CAAS’s mission in two ways that are interrelated. First, I would be interested in working with CAAS members and the Board of Directors on how to increase membership and encourage existing members to be more involved. Second, as a bilingual in French and English, I wish to strengthen and expand CAAS’s bilingualism by promoting a bilingual yet multicultural and inclusive space that not only invites all members (old or new) to a strong and meaningful collaboration, but also creates in them a sense of belonging. 


Nominations for Treasurer

Dr. Jones Adjei


Dr. Jones Adjei is a Sociology Instructor, and Head of Sociology, at Red Deer Polytechnic, specializing in social demography and applied statistics. His research interests include immigrant settlement experiences and population health disparities. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Sex Education, Ethnicity and Health, Canadian Studies in Population, Journal of Biosocial Science, and Canadian Ethnic Studies. In addition to his passion for teaching, he generously volunteers his research skills to enhance the operational capacity of immigrant service organizations in the Red Deer area. He has also served as a board member of the Central Alberta Immigrant Women's Association (CAIWA) for the past six years.


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