Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)
Canada 150 Research Chair
Canada Research Chairs (CRC)
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.
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.
Contact InformationQuestions 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 17 active chairs as of June 1, 2021).
Target (actual number)
|Representation (actual number)||Gap (actual number)|
|Persons with disabilities||1||*||*|
|*In keeping with the Privacy Act, numbers lower than 5 were removed to protect the privacy of chairholders.|
The University of Saskatchewan’s CRC utilization table (updated March 2021) 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
- USask’s CRC EDI Progress Report and EDI Stipend Report (reporting period: December 2018 to December 2020; submitted May 28, 2021)
- View the University of Saskatchewan's CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Progress Report (updated December 17, 2018).
CRCP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practices and Requirements of the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement:
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Climate Action and Social Innovation
- Tier 1 or Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Big Data Analytics in Digital Agriculture
- Tier 2 (or Tier1) CRC in Oral & Systemic Health Equity
There are no internal postings at this time.
Emergency Retention Transparency Statement
No current transparency statement.
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Indigenous Community-Engaged Scholarship (June 2017)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Analytical Environmental Chemistry (January 2018)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Privacy, Security and Data Management (May 2018)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Machine Learning (June 2018)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Cancer Genomics and Systems Biology (April 2019)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Health and Social Justice (May 2019)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Energy Technology (June 2019)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), in Plant-based Foods for Nutrition and Health (June 2019)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), in Plant-based Foods for Nutrition and Health (February 2020)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Cancer Genomics and Systems Biology (April 2020)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Imaging & Artificial Intelligence (March 2020)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Space Environment Physics (March 2020)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Indigenous Storytelling (March 2020)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Social and Cultural Decision Making in Engineering Design (September 2020)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in Indigenous People (September 2020)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Remote Sensing of Snow Hydrology (April 2021)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 1 or 2) in Tuberculosis (April 2022)
- Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in Indigenous People (April 2022)
There are no archived internal postings at this time.
Archived Emergency Retention Transparency Statement
- Emergency Retention: Tier 1 NSERC CRC (January 2020)
- Emergency Retention: Tier 2 SSHRC CRC (April 2022)
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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 June 13, 2022
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 of Saskatchewan Faculty Association Collective Agreement (2017 to 2022)
- University of Saskatchewan Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy (approved October 2020). Link the EDI Policy to https://policies.usask.ca/policies/equity/equity-diversity-inclusion.php
- Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, 2018 (human rights laws)
- Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (agency that enforces the Code to protect and promote human rights and to discourage discrimination)
University guidelines and practices, inclusive of advertising, search committee membership and responsibility, and nomination process include:
- USask CRC Committees:
- Call for Canada Research Chair theme areas (October 2021)
- USask CRC Recruitment and Nomination Guidelines (April 2020)
- CRC Program Nomination Process
- John R Evans Leaders Fund - Funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair
Renew a Canada Research Chair
Administration of the CRC Award
- CRC Program Information on Administering 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
Current Centennial Enhancement Chairs (CEC) as of September 2020:
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
Kent McNeill, Law Foundation of Saskatchewan H. Robert Arscott 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.