Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)

Canada Research Chairs (CRC)

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.

Daniel Beland, Public Policy

Lawrence Brawley, Physical Activity in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Dean Chapman, X-Ray Imaging

Ravindra Chibbar, Molecular Biology for Crop Quality

Ken Coates, Regional Innovation

Miroslaw (Mirek) Cygler, Molecular Medicine Using Synchrotron Light

Ajay Dalai, Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing

Graham George, X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

John Giesy, Environmental Toxicology

Philip Griebel, Neonatal Mucosal Immunology

Alexander Moewes, Synchrotron Radiation

M. Soledade Pedras, Bioorganic and Agricultural Chemistry

Ingrid Pickering, Molecular Environmental Science

John Pomeroy, Water Resources and Climate Change

Jean-Pierre St. Maurice, Environmental Sciences

John Tse, Materials Science

David Cooper, Synchrotron Bone Imaging

Erika Dyck, History of Medicine

Markus Hecker, Predicative Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Timothy Kelly, Photovoltaics

Dwight Newman, Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International law

Bogdan Popescu, Multiple Sclerosis Research

Eric Price, Radiochemistry

Catherine Trask, Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Health

Call for Canada Research Chair theme areas (June 2018)

Nominate a Canada Research Chair (Note: All nominations must be entered on-line)

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 programs 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


Alexandra King, Cameco Chair in Aboriginal Health

Michael Levin, Saskatchewan Research Chair in Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Research 

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

Satya Panigrahi, SFARR Research Chair in Agricultural Material Utilization and Bioprocessing

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