Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) was established by the Government of Canada in 2000 with the goal of attracting and retaining world-class researchers to promote academic research excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions.

There are currently a total of 2,285 research professorships across 78 Canadian institutions, with an annual investment of approximately $295 million from the Government of Canada.

Through this support, chairholders work to improve knowledge, train the next generation of highly skilled professionals and strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness in all fields.


Canada Research Chairs Program


Canada Research Chair at MacEwan

Dr. Kristopher Wells, Tier II Canada Research Chair for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority

More about Dr. Wells

MacEwan welcomes Dr. Wells

Dr. Wells named Canada Research Chair



Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The CRCP recognizes that a diverse, inclusive and equitable culture is essential to foster innovative, impactful research advances that can respond to global needs and challenges. Participating institutions must commit to providing a supportive and inclusive workplace, and continue meeting institutional equity and diversity targets that comply with the goals of the CRCP.


CRCP EDI Requirements & Practices


Background info on equity targets for CRCP

In 2006, the CRCP was required, in a settlement agreement, to implement specific measures to increase representation of four designated groups: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities.

In 2017, the agreement was made a federal court order at the request of equity-seeking plaintiffs, as not enough progress was made. An addendum to the 2006 Settlement Agreement was subsequently signed in 2019, establishing a ten-year framework for the CRCP to reflect the diversity within Canada.


2019 Addendum to 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement

CAUT welcomes settlement on equity targets for CRCP

EDI within the CRCP

The CRCP’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan requires institutions to develop their own action plans that address the representation of members from the four designated groups among their chair allocations. Institutions are required to set EDI objectives that will enable meaningful progress towards achieving their equity targets, and to improve transparency and accountability of the allocation process.


More about EDI Action Plan

EDI in the CRCP at MacEwan

The Office of Research Services, in conjunction with the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity, received a research stipend from CRCP to begin the development of MacEwan’s EDI action plan for this program. As a point of engagement, MacEwan faculty members were invited to participate in surveys and interviews conducted by an external consultant. This was done to help understand MacEwan’s unique culture and practices, and to identify next steps for the eventual creation of a CRCP EDI action plan.


Public accountability and transparency

As of 2021, institutions with less than five chairs are required to publish information related to the management of their chair allocations, in accordance with CRCP’s public accountability and transparency requirements. This information is as follows:

EDI commitment statement related to CRCP & MacEwan’s broader research enterprise

MacEwan University, located on Treaty Six Territory, is committed to creating and sustaining equitable and inclusive practices and policies which foster a welcoming, inclusive and diverse teaching, learning and working environment. MacEwan will use learnings and reflections gained from persons most impacted by non-inclusive practices to guide our actions. This commitment will require cultural shifts at all levels of the organization and will occur over time.

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

MacEwan’s strategy for raising awareness of commitment to & benefits of EDI within CRCP & broader research enterprise

MacEwan is committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and will recognize and address barriers to employment. The University values the diverse backgrounds, points of view and identities of its employees. The University recognizes the importance of this diversity in creating a welcoming learning environment for students and an inclusive and equitable working environment for employees. MacEwan’s Employment Equity and Inclusion policy raises awareness of MacEwan’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in recruitment, and establishes guidelines regarding the collection and use of Employment Equity Data.

The Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity (OHRDE) at MacEwan administers many EDI-related initiatives, and provides training and resources to the entire university community of faculty, students and staff. In addition, an EDI Accelerator Team was recently created to lead institution-wide initiatives to maintain a sustained commitment to collecting EDI data in support of programs, to create safe spaces for ongoing dialogue, and to advance improvements in recruitment.

CRCP's EDI requirements & practices

All institutions that receive agency funding are expected to meet equity and diversity targets.

CRCP’s EDI Requirements & Practices

2019 Addendum to 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement

Program statistics page

The Canada Research Chairs data is updated after the results of the nominations are made public.

Program Statistics Page

MacEwan’s EDI progress report

Reporting on the use of the $50,000 EDI stipend provided by the program in 2020-21.

EDI Progress Report


Questions or concerns?

Individuals responsible for implementing the institution’s EDI agenda who can respond to questions or concerns relating to EDI:

Dr. Craig Monk
Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Irfan Chaudhry
Director, Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity


How EDI concerns at MacEwan are monitored, addressed & reported to senior management

  • Disputes and grievances relating to issues governed by the Collective Agreement between the university and the faculty association are outlined in detail in Article 4 of the agreement.

  • Should any employee have concerns about institutional climate, equity, or any other aspect of inclusivity, they would follow policies in place for all employees, such as:

MacEwan’s equity targets and gaps

MacEwan University has equity targets and gaps for each of the four designated groups. Numbers less than five must be withheld to protect the privacy of chairholders, unless all of the institution’s chairholders give explicit permission to share the data.

As MacEwan has less than five CRCs, this section will focus on high-level demographic data that helps inform and identifies gaps as it relates to CRC recruitment.

The Count Yourself In survey was created to collect basic information on the diversity of MacEwan University employees. Results from the survey will help set realistic equity, diversity and inclusion goals for the University, and highlights MacEwan’s commitment as a signatory to the Universities Canada principles on equity, diversity and inclusion. 

MacEwan Employee demographic survey

Current CRCP equity targets and gaps are provided on the Program Statistics page.

The CRCP provides a tool to determine equity targets at institutions. The equity target-setting tool for small to medium institutions is accessible from the CRCP page.

Establishing Equity & Diversity Targets 

equity target-setting tool

Using this tool, the current CRC equity targets for MacEwan are: 

CRC Equity Targets 2021-2029

Policies that govern CRC staffing at MacEwan

MacEwan’s CRCP utilization

The CRCP utilization spreadsheet outlines how many chair allocations MacEwan University has, how many are filled, the chairholder start date and term end, type of flex moves used, and which allocations are available.

CRCP Utilization

Requirements for recruiting & nominating Canada Research Chairs (CRCs)

All Canada Research chair positions must be filled using the Recruitment and Nomination Requirements.

Recruitment & nomination requirements 

Advertisements for all chair positions for external recruitment

CRC Tier 2- Social Entrepreneurship/Social Innovation Institute Director School of Business (still open as of April 21, 2021).

October 28, 2020 posting

Advertisements for all chair positions for internal recruitment

No current Chair recruitment postings (internal).

Links to transparency statements for Tier 1 third-term nominations or emergency retention nominations

Not applicable.

Past advertisements, publicly available for at least three years

Archived Chair recruitment postings

CRC Tier II Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Issues, Department of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Health and Community Studies (posted July 4, 2018, closed July 27, 2018)

July 4, 2018 posting