Canada Research Chairs

The Government of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) are committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is also essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and to respond to global challenges.

For more information about the program visit the  CRCP webpage or, to learn more about the program at CBU, contact Zuzana Istvankova, Research Administration Officer of Major Initiatives in CBU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commitment – Public Accountability and Transparency 

Our Commitment  

CBU is a proud signatory to the Tri-Agency Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI): “The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are committed to excellence in research and research training. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to advance knowledge and understanding, and to respond to local, national and global challenges. 


Raising Awareness of EDI at CBU 

As part of CBU’s strategy to raise awareness within the institution of its commitment to, and the benefits of, equity, diversity and inclusion, both broadly and in respect to the Canada Research Chairs program, CBU has implemented the following initiatives:  

  • CBU has committed to strengthening its efforts related to EDI in its 2020-2025 Strategic Research Plan, demonstrating internal reflection, a focus on increasing awareness, building capacity, and promoting policy.  
  • Established an EDI Advisory Committee, whose mandate is to oversee the creation of CBU’s CRC, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan.  
  • Established a dedicated communications position within the Office of Research and Graduate Studies to consider strategic research communications, including EDI policies and education opportunities.  
  • Promotes opportunities to participate in EDI professional development in weekly e-bulletins generated by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, with a commitment to include CRC-related and EDI-related news and events.  
  • Conducted in-depth interviews with current CRCs at CBU to gather experiences and views on EDI with respect to the CRC program.  
  • CBU’s Associate Vice President, Academic and Research meets with all CRC hiring committees at the outset of each search process to inform on recruiting and nomination requirements, to review current EDI targets and gaps, and to outline compliance and monitoring obligations. The Associate Vice President, Academic and Research continuously liaises with committees throughout the process to ensure appropriate supports and guidance. 

 Requirements and Statistics of the CRCP 


Questions or Concerns  

At Cape Breton University, there are two primary offices where questions or concerns about EDI are monitored and can be addressed.  Both can be visited in person or contacted by mail, phone or email: 

Office of Human Rights
Scott Thomas, Human Rights and Diversity Officer
Phone: 902-563-2350

The Office of Human Rights oversees the university’s Respectful Campus Policy and Procedures

Office of Human Resources
Director of Human Resources

(CBU is in the process of hiring a Director of HR and will post contact information once  available – expected late May 2021. In the meantime, any questions or concerns can be  directed to the Human Resources Office via Alison Bogar at

The heads of these units, the Director of Human Resources and the Human Rights Officer, have direct reporting relationships to members of the Senior Executive (Vice President Finance and Operations, and Associate VP Academic & Research, respectively) where concerns are reported.   

Concerns related to EDI can also be brought forward through the associated faculty union; the Cape Breton University Faculty Association (CBUFA).  


CBU’s Equity Targets (2021) 

All participating CRC institutions must set equity and diversity targets to address the under-representation of members of the four designated groups among their chair-holders. The CRC program uses this data to monitor the institutions’ progress toward meeting their established targets. 

CBU’s CRC equity targets are indicated below. These targets are calculated using the CRC program target setting tool. Because there are fewer than five Chair allocations at CBU, current gap numbers cannot be communicated and are withheld to protect the privacy of our Chairs. 

Designated Group  Target (2021) 
Women  40% 
Visible Minorities  15% 
Persons with disabilities  4% 
Indigenous Peoples  1% 


Policies and Procedures  

The following policies help govern staffing at CBU, including CRC positions:   

When Canada Research Chair vacancies occur, CBU’s CRC Selection Committee issues a university-wide call for proposals to identify potential CRC research target areas, or, Strategic Research Themes. Following review of these proposals, the selection committee identifies target areas that will be used as the focus for the recruitment (external call) and/or retention (internal call) to fill CBU’s CRC allocation.  The committee also decides on how to best use the corridor of flexibility (as described in the CRC’s method of allocating chairs) in managing the institution’s chair allocations.   

CBU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) is in the process of creating policy and procedures for the CRC allocation process. Once that policy had been approved it will be posted to this website. In the meantime, for more information about CBU’s allocation and recruitment process, contact Zuzana Istvankova, Research Administration Officer of Major Initiatives. 

For more information about CBU’s Chair allocation, refer to the utilization spreadsheet noted in the following section.    

CRC Chairholders  

Current Research Chairs at CBU 

Please see the CRC utilization spreadsheet for more information on CBU’s Chair Allocations. This CRC utilization spreadsheet is prepared by the CRCP for each institution. It outlines how many chair allocations CBU has, how many are filled and by which chairholders, term start and end dates, which allocations are available, and the type of flex moves used. 


CRCP Requirements for recruiting and nominating CRCs  


Current and Archived CRC Postings  

Unless otherwise noted, all job advertisements are open to both internal and external applicants.  

Any current openings are posted on CBU’s Career Opportunities webpage.


Past Postings: