Research chairs, professors and fellows are faculty members who have been externally recognized for the exceptional excellence and impact of their research programs. They are also outstanding mentors and collaborators who establish world-leading partnerships with other scholars, community organizations and industry to maximize the reach of their knowledge advances.
Since its inception in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs Program has aided Canadian universities by increasing their research and training capacities to ensure Canada’s ability to compete internationally in varied areas of study.
Currently, 10 Laurier researchers hold Canada Research Chairs:
For more information about Laurier's commitment to equity in research, refer to the Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
The UNESCO Chair in Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies is held by Alison Blay-Palmer, Geography and Environmental Studies; School of International Policy and Governance.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies is part of the prestigious UNESCO Chairs program led in Canada by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO to promote international inter-university cooperation in key priority areas for the agency.
In addition to addressing key UN sustainable development goals relating to hunger, gender equality and climate change, the chair’s work tackles pressing and urgent issues relating to biodiversity, food security and sustainable development.
See also the Laurier Early Career Researcher Award.
Laurier recognizes and values its Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), who are committed to creating and mobilizing knowledge to achieve research excellence. In recognition of their research leadership, Laurier has developed the Laurier Research Chair program for Tier I and Tier II CRCs who have completed their second (or third) terms and who have achieved significant research recognition both nationally and internationally. This is a transition program for previous CRCs with the intention that a gradual return to teaching duties will ensure continued productivity following the completion of their CRC.
Individuals awarded a Laurier Research Chair will be entitled to hold the Laurier Research Chair title in perpetuity. They will be entitled to one course remission per year for a period of three years immediately following the completion of their CRC terms.
The position of university research professor is awarded every year through a competitive process to a Laurier professor who has achieved a continuous record of scholarly excellence over an extended period of time as exemplified by receiving external grants, publishing in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, having books or monographs published by scholarly presses, presenting invited lectures at scholarly conferences, and/or receiving scholarly honours.
The award was created to:
The University Research Professor Program is administered by the Office of Research Services and provides a $10,000 research grant and a two-course remission to the awardee.
The university research professor is honoured at convocation with a citation highlighting the scholarly accomplishments of the recipient, as well as his or her research agenda for the year of the award. The recipient is permanently recognized in the university calendar and on a plaque displayed in the Office of Research Services.
M. Fabricio Perez (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Finance).
This professorship is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor. The professorship enables Laurier to continue to provide top quality education in finance.
Brian Smith (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Finance).
This professorship is made possible by a generous gift from BMO Financial Group. The professorship supports curriculum, program development and research in entrepreneurship across all faculties at Laurier, fostering entrepreneurial behaviour in all students.
Sarah Wilner (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Marketing).
Canada’s first chair in Brand Communication was established in 2011 by 45 leading Canadian brands and brand marketing professionals to establish Laurier as a national centre for brand education. It is the intent of this chairship to provide leadership in university-level brand communication education by fostering greater and more active partnership between the university and industry and other leading academic partners to raise the quality and profile of brand communication education across Canada.
Mary Kelly (Business, Finance).
Established in July 1999, the Chair in Insurance is responsible for developing courses that promote the development of graduates for future employment in the property and casualty insurance industry. As a focal point for the property and casualty insurance industry in Canada, the chair conducts research in insurance and risk management and is responsible for helping raise the profile of the industry among students as well as in the broader community.
Kandace Bogaert (History).
These fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from John and Pattie Cleghorn and family. The fellowships are also supported by Laurier’s Office of the Provost and Vice President: Academic, Laurier’s dean of Arts and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS). The fellowships allow the university to recruit the best and brightest new PhDs working on historical studies of conflict, war and society, making the centre the hub for Canadian military history.
Michael Haughton (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Operations and Decision Sciences).
This fellowship is made possible by CN Canada. The CN Fellow in Supply Chain Management will engage with CN to manage the relationship between Laurier's Centre for Supply Chain Management and CN.
Christopher Lemieux (Geography and Environmental Studies)
Funded by an anonymous alumnus donation of $2.5 million in 2009, the Dr. John McMurry Research Chair in Environmental Geography is named in honour of one of Laurier’s most celebrated geography professors and former chair of the department, now retired.
Madhu Kalimipalli (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Finance).
This fellowship is made possible with a generous gift from Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada. The fellowship allows one professor to pursue research in finance and to instruct students in the theoretical nuances and practical skills of this field.
Lan Guo, Associate Professor, Accounting
This fellowship is made possible with a generous gift from Grant Thornton LLP. The fellowship allows one professor to pursue research in accounting and to instruct students in the theoretical nuances and practical skills of this field.
Nicole Coviello (Marketing, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics; Research Director, Lazaridis Institute).
The Lazaridis Research Professorship, created in 2016, leads research to help young technology firms scale their organizations and become globally competitive. The professorship is generously supported by a gift from Mike Lazaridis.
Robert Mathieu, (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Accounting).
This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Linamar Corporation. The fellowship supports a professor who is pursuing research in accounting.
Gary Cameron (Social Work).
This chair is made possible by the late Lyle S. Hallman, a prominent businessman and philanthropist in the Waterloo Region. The chair is focused on exemplary teaching and research in the area of child and family welfare.
Darren Henderson (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Accounting).
This fellowship is made possible by the William Birchall Foundation. The William Birchall Foundation Fellow will pursue research in finance and instruct students in the theoretical nuances and practical skills of the accounting field.
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