Dr. Reginald W. Bibby holds the Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge. Born and raised in Edmonton, he received a Ph.D. from Washington State University, an M.A. from the University of Calgary, a B.D. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. In 2006, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the nation, the Governor General appointed him an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Professor Bibby has been monitoring social trends in Canada through a series of national surveys of adults and young people, spanning the mid-1970s through today. He has conducted research and analyzes for the United, Anglican, Presbyterian, Alliance, and Catholic churches, along with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. He has written extensively on Canadian Baby Boomers, especially in his book, The Boomer Factor: What Canada’s Most Famous Generation is Leaving Behind (2006). His well-known writings also include: Resilient Gods (2017), Canada’s Catholics (2016), The Emerging Millennials (2009), Restless Churches (2004), and Restless Gods (2002).
His most recent book, currently under academic press review, is The Millennial Mosaic: How Diversity and Choice Are Shaping Youth and the Future of Canada. It is co-authored with Joel Thiessen and Monetta Bailey, two Generation X sociologists at Ambrose University in Calgary. Its tentative release date is early 2019.