Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development.  Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.

Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the university receives $200,000 annually for seven years.

Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually for five years.

(From the Canada Research Chairs Program website)


List of chairholders

Canada Research Chair Equity Mission Statement

The University of Ottawa strongly supports a workplace environment that removes disparities experienced by the designated groups in Canada:  women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities, as defined in the Employment Equity Act.  To this end, we have implemented various measures throughout the Canada Research Chair (CRC) recruitment and nomination process to promote the full participation of members of these groups. These include:

  • Underlining the importance of identifying and attracting excellent candidates from the designated groups to the Chairs of selection committees and to research administrators;  
  • Ensuring the diversity of members within selection committees and requiring that they provide a clear rationale when candidates from the designated groups are not selected;
  • Promoting awareness and encouraging self-identification of candidates from the designated groups in order to provide the necessary measures to accommodate special needs during the selection process;
  • Providing training to the administrative staff who support the recruitment process.

The University of Ottawa is required to report regularly to the Federal Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program on its progress in reaching the equity targets established by the program.  As a complementary best practice, the University also provide regular updates to foster further awareness and engagement within the uOttawa research community.

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