Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)

Canada 150 Research Chair

Canada Research Chairs (CRC)

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency Requirements

Commitment Strategy

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) uses the following equity, diversity, and inclusion statement related to the Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP) and the university’s broader research enterprise:

“The University of Saskatchewan is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace and believes that our workforce should reflect the diversity of our students and community. The university is actively taking steps to achieve a representative workforce where everyone feels a sense of belonging, including women, members of a visible minority/racialized group, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and any others who contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives.”

The CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (updated March 16, 2020) reaffirms USask's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, and aligns with the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity.

Awareness Strategy

The university’s mission, vision and values statements describe USask’s commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and meaningful change. Awareness of these intrinsic values is actively promoted at all levels of the university. From the President’s Office, and his messaging, to the active participation of Human Resources (HR) in ensuring that diversity, inclusion, and equity are imbedded in discussions that influence, shape, and direct development, leadership and organizational culture to reach institutional goals of a diverse and inclusive university. The university planning process currently underway reflects our commitment to the principle of diversity. Embedding this concept into the fabric of these strategic planning efforts will focus the university’s work in the future and emphasize to our community its importance in all we do.

All CRC Program Search Committee members are required to complete the unconscious bias training module available on the Government of Canada website. Committee members have the option to attend A Self-Reflection on Diversity workshop, provided by an Inclusion and Diversity Consultant. The workshop is intended to:

  • increase self-awareness of personal thought patterns and behaviours;
  • discover how assumptions, unconscious bias, and stereotypes impact our everyday interactions; and
  • raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion at the university.

The outcomes of this training include recognizing one’s own cultural biases, stereotypes and prejudices and how they play out in the workplace, such as recruitment, selection, and hiring; grow one’s own self-awareness and what actions can lead to inclusion; and understand the principles behind equity and equality.


The governance structure for the institutional equity, diversity and inclusion action plan has been established. The President has ultimate authority for institutional goals and actions that will make the University of Saskatchewan more fully diverse and inclusive, as espoused in the university’s mission, vision and values. The Provost and Vice-Presidents affirm the institutional goals and actions and are responsible for ensuring the execution of goals and actions specific to their portfolios. The Director, People and Resources, is responsible for monitoring the progress of University of Saskatchewan’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and for reviewing and updating the goals and actions, including measuring progress. The institutional Diversity and Inclusion Plan is an action plan supporting the university’s mission, vision and values and does not need approval by the university’s governing bodies. 

The CRC EDI Action Plan is an evergreen document refined through ongoing input from the CRC EDI Advisory Group, reviewed and approved by the CRC Advisory Committee and Research Chairs Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is responsible for ensuring implementation and progress on EDI goals and targets.   

Contact Information

Questions or concerns related to equity, diversity, and options for support may be directed to:
Kelly McInnes, Director, People and Resources
E140-105 Administration Place Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2
Phone: (306) 966-7939


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Concerns

Equity, diversity and inclusion concerns are treated as an alleged discrimination or harassment complaint. These complaints are brought forward to the Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services (DHPS) office through multiple platforms, including optional confidential or anonymous means. As described in the DHPS Full Policy document, university officials have a legal responsibility to take prompt, effective action to address incidents of discrimination and harassment. These actions include seeking advice from DHPS, human resources and escalating the complaint to an appropriate senior administrator who will decide if a formal investigation is warranted and oversee the investigation. The DHPS office maintains an audit trail of all discrimination and harassment concerns and reports all serious matters to the Director of Human Resources and AVP Human Resources.

USask's Equity Targets

As an eligibility requirement, all institutions that participate in the program were required to develop and submit their 2021-2029 equity target plan to the CRCP by June 2021. These plans will require setting equity targets for each of the four designated groups, for each of the target deadlines, to lead institutions incrementally, over the period of 2021-2029, to the population-based equity targets. See USask’s 2021-2029 Equity target-setting tool.

The following table shows USask’s equity targets for the December 2022 deadline (number of chairs based on USask's 19 active chairs as of November 1, 2022).  

Designated Group

Target (actual number)

Representation (actual number) Gap (actual number)
Women and Gender
6 9 No gap
Indigenous Peoples 0 * *
Persons with Disabilities 1 * *
Members of Racialized Minorities 3 * *
*In keeping with the Privacy Act, numbers lower than 5 were removed to protect the privacy of chairholders.

 Utilization Table

The University of Saskatchewan’s CRC utilization table (updated November 2022) outlines the number of CRC allocations at USask, how many are filled and by which chairholders (with their term end and start dates) and which allocations are available.

University of Saskatchewan Public Reports

CRCP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practices and Requirements of the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement:

Current Postings



No internal postings.

Emergency Retention Transparency Statement

No current transparency statement.


Archived Postings



Archived Emergency Retention Transparency Statement

In 2000, the Government of Canada created the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program, a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships - Canada Research Chairs - in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country.  The Canada Research Chairs program invests $300 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds.  Allocation of Chairs to individual universities is based on the funding received by researchers from the three federal granting agencies – CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC – in the three years prior to the year of the allocation.

Note: as of December 1, 2022

Kristina Bidwell, Indigenous Storytelling

Lori Bradford, Social and Cultural Decision Making in Engineering Design

Ken Coates, Regional Innovation

Miroslaw (Mirek) Cygler, Molecular Medicine Using Synchrotron Light

Ajay Dalai, Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing

Erika Dyck, Health and Social Justice

Graham George, X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

Philip Griebel, Neonatal Mucosal Immunology

Robert (Bobby) Henry, Indigenous Justice and Wellbeing

Xiaodong Liang, Technology Solutions for Energy Security in Remote, Northern, and Indigenous Communities 

Regan Mandryk, Digital Gaming Technologies and Experiences 

Alexander Moewes, Synchrotron Radiation

Ingrid Pickering, Molecular Environmental Science

John Pomeroy, Water Resources and Climate Change

Tara Kahan, Analytical Environmental Chemistry

Dwight Newman, Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International law

Eric Price, Radiochemistry

Natalia Stakhanova, Security and Privacy

USask Management of CRC Allocation: Allocation of Chairs; Renewals and Advancement; Nominations; and Lost Chair Allocations (also described in the University’s CRC Action Plan, pages 8-10)

Recruitment and Nomination of a Canada Research Chair 

The university follows the CRC Program’s guidelines for ensuring a fair and transparent recruitment and nomination process. The co-chairs of the university’s CRC Advisory Committee, the Vice-Provost Faculty Relations and the Associate Vice-President Research, participate in all searches and will certify that the recruitment process was transparent, open and equitable. The co-chairs also ensure that all short-listed candidates are approved in advance by the CRC Oversight Committee.

The university is also subject to the following policies, regulations and other requirements that are taken into consideration in the recruitment and nomination of CRC chairholders:

University guidelines and practices, inclusive of advertising, search committee membership and responsibility, and nomination process include:

Renew a Canada Research Chair

Administration of the CRC Award

Strategic Research Plan

For information on the Canada Research Chairs program at the University of Saskatchewan, contact Doreen Canillas at 306-966-2452

Centennial Enhancement Chairs

The Centennial Enhancement Chairs (CEC) program assists the university in retaining outstanding faculty with research and scholarship focused within one of the university’s signature areas. Selected through an open nomination process, chairs are awarded for a 5-year renewable term


NSERC Industrial Research Chairs (IRC)

NSERC IRCs assist universities in partnering with industry to build on existing strengths to achieve critical mass in a major research endeavour, build capacity in an industry-relevant research field currently undeveloped in Canada and provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students by exposing them to industry-unique research challenges in natural sciences or engineering.

Externally Sponsored Research Chairs


Jeanie Wills, Seaman Chair in Professional Communications

Dionne Pohler, Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) Chair in Co-operative Governance

Gabriela Mangano, George J. McLeod Enhancement Chair in Geology

Alexandra King, Cameco Chair in Aboriginal Health

Michael Levin, Saskatchewan Research Chair in Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Research

Heather Foulds, CIHR Chair in Women Heart and Brain Health - Indigenous Women's Heart and Brain Health

Holly Graham, CIHR Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing

Maureen Reed and James Robson, UNESCO Co-Chairs in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal 

Maryse Bourgault, Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) Integrated Agronomy Research Chair

Ron Geyer, Nutrien Clinical Research Chair

Rudy Bowen, Iver and Joyce Graham Small Indiana Professorship in Psychiatry

Ivar Mendez, Fred H.Wigmore Professorship in Surgery

Robert Laprairie, Saskatchewan-GlaxoSmithKline Research Chair in Drug Discovery and Development

David Blackburn, Chair in Patient Adherence to Drug Therapy

Peter Slade, Canadian Canola Growers Association Agriculture Policy Chair

John McKinnon, Beef industry Research Chair

Meena Sakharkar, Chair in Rational Drug Design

Rex Newkirk, Ministry of Agriculture Endowed Research Chair Feed Processing Technology

Yongfeng Ai, Research Chair in Carbohydrate Quality and Utilization

Richard Gray, Canadian Wheat Board Research Chair in Canadian Grain Policy Enhancement

Sean Maw, Jerry G. Huff Chair in Innovative Teaching

Tony C.Y. Chung, SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering

Bruce Eglington, Murray W. Pyke Chair in Geological Sciences

Karen Wiebe, Stuart and Mary Houston Professorship in Ornithology

Jeff Baker, Chair in Aboriginal Education

Barbara Phillips, Rawlco Scholar in Advertising

Gary Entwistle, Sutherland Scholar in International Business

Maureen Bourassa, PotashCorp Enhancement Chair for Saskatchewan Enterprise

Fred Phillips, George Baxter ICAS Scholar

Ganesh Vaidyanathan, Accounting Centre Scholar

Kent McNeill, Law Foundation of Saskatchewan H. Robert Arscott Chair

Murray Jelinski, Alberta Chair in Beef Cattle Health and Production Management

Jens Muller, Thorvaldson Professor in Chemistry

Haissam Haddad, Louis Horlick Chair

Peter Robinson, Bateman Professor of English

Aaron White, Jarislowsky Chair in Biotechnology

Stuart Smyth, Agri-Food Innovation Chair

David Natcher, Global Institute for Food Security - Social Dimensions of Food Security

Bruce Coulman, W. J. White Professorship

Gupreet Aulakh, Fedoruk Chair in Imaging Science

Ekaterina Dadachova, Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation Chair in Radiopharmacy

Darrell Mousseau, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia

Michael Kelly, Clinical Stroke Research Chair

Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Program (SRP) Chairs

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture SRP was introduced in 1986 with a commitment to funding research chairs to ensure that Saskatchewan has the capacity to develop new agricultural knowledge and technologies relevant to Saskatchewan climatic conditions. Each chair represents an area of strategic importance where Saskatchewan previously lacked intellectual capacity. These chairs are tenable for 5 years.


Agri-Food Innovation Fund (AFIF) Chairs

In addition to the SRP Chairs, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture has also created four Agri-Food Innovation Chairs to complement and strengthen expertise at the university.

Distinguished Professorships