Research Chairs

Canada Excellence Research Chair

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program awards universities up to $10 million over seven years to support world-renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. 

Ian Gardner
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology
(902) 620-5059
iagardner@upei.ca

CERC website at UPEI


Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

The allocation of Chairs is reviewed and revised every two years. The details of the re-allocation process can be found on the Canada Research Chairs website.

During the 2017 exercise, UPEI's allocation was unchanged. The UPEI 2017 Chair Allocation document contains details of the status of the Chairs.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Chairs Program is committed to ensuring access and opportunities to all qualified candidates, while maintaining standards of excellence. The goals of equity and excellence are not mutually exclusive. Equity ensures that the largest pool of qualified candidates is accessed without affecting the integrity of the selection process. UPEI is committed to upholding the requirements of the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat with regard to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Over the coming months, UPEI will prepare its Canada Research Chairs Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which will be posted on this website. This Plan will guide UPEI's efforts in sustaining the participation of and/or addressing the under representation (based on the the equity gaps identified in the Target Setting Exercise) of individuals from the Four Designated Groups (FDGs) among UPEI's Chair allocation.

Establishing Equity and Diversity Targets

The Chairs Program stipulates universities must participate in a regular Target Setting Exercise. UPEI completed this exercise again in June 2017. Using best practices provided by the Chairs Program, UPEI will include in its Action Plan the methodology for encouraging self-identification, identifying how the data will be used, and communicating the privacy measures that will be taken to protect the data.

Russell Kerr
Canada Research Chair in Marine Natural Products
(902) 566-0565
rkerr@upei.ca

Crawford Revie
Canada Research Chair in Population Health : Epi-Informatics
(902) 566-0879
crevie@upei.ca

Sophie St-Hilaire
Canada Research Chair in Integrated Health Research for Sustainable Aquaculture 
(902) 620-5190
ssthilaire@upei.ca

Kate Tilleczek 
Canada Research Chair in Young Lives in Global and Local Contexts
(902) 620-5127
ktilleczek@upei.ca 
Dr. Tilleczek's Research Community site


Endowed and Sponsored Research Chairs  

Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Endowment for Nutrisciences and Health research

The Fondation J.-Louis Lévesque is a generous supporter of health research at universities and institutes across the country. J.-Louis Lévesque graduated from Saint Dunstan's University in 1934 and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws in 1964. Suzanne Lévesque, daughter of J.-Louis and president and CEO of his namesake foundation, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws from UPEI in 2006.

At the University of Prince Edward Island the Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Endowment for Nutrisciences and Health supports a research chair, professorships, and graduate fellowships. This funding makes possible the recognition of some of the university's most creative and productive scientists.

Russell Kerr
Jeanne and J. Louis Lévesque Research Chair in Nutrisciences and Health
(902) 566-0909
rkerr@upei.ca

Andrew Tasker
Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Professor in Nutrisciences and Health
902-566-0662
tasker@upei.ca

Travis Saunders
Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Professor in Nutrisciences and Health
902-566-0641
trsaunders@upei.ca

Past Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Professor in Nutrisciences and Health

Rob Hurta

Tracy Doucette
Marva Sweeney-Nixon
Cathy Chan

Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health

The Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health was created by a $3-million gift from the Honourable Margaret and late Wallace McCain to strengthen research into human development and health at UPEI.

William Montelpare
Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health
(902) 620-5186
wmontelpare@upei.ca

UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability

Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino
Dr. Jim Randall 

UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability

Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs

Kim Stote
Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Nutriceuticals and Health

Cynthia Blanton
Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Nutriceuticals and Health 


Fellows

Ian Dowbiggin
Royal Society of Canada Fellow

Sunny Hartwig
Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

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