Canada Research Chairs: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

By December 15, 2017, all institutions with five or more chair allocations are required to develop an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP). This action plan will guide Simon Fraser University’s efforts in sustaining the participation of and/or addressing the underrepresentation of individuals from the four designated groups (FDGs; women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, and members of visible minorities) among SFU's chairholders. The action plan represents a foundational component of efforts to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion principles into SFU processes and practices within the CRC program and beyond.

The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) delivered this mandate in May of 2017, as part of its commitment to achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research community. Requiring institutions that administer funds in partnership with the TIPS to create equity, diversity and inclusion action plans, make concerted efforts to meet equity and diversity targets, and provide inclusive and supportive environments is a critical component of this commitment.

This webpage was created to fulfill the public transparency requirements and to provide a space for SFU to share its equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives for the CRC program.

Simon Fraser University Commitment Statement

In accordance with the mandate from the Federal Government and the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program, Simon Fraser University (SFU) offers this commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion:

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equity. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

View SFU’s Employment Equity Policy.

Strategy for Raising Awareness

SFU is committed to raising awareness of its commitment to equity and ensuring the university community is aware of the benefits of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the CRC Program and beyond.

  • The SFU CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan communications strategy is guided by SFU’s Strategic Research Plan’s identified challenge of “strengthening civil society by advancing justice, equity, and social responsibility”; CRC Program resource guide: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Best Practices for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention; and the SFU Faculty Association Salary Equity Recommendation Committee’s guiding principle “to advance equity, distributive justice, fairness and high integrity of all procedures and recommendations.”
  • SFU’s strategy to raise awareness of its commitment to equity within the institution and the benefits of equity, diversity, and inclusion with the CRC Program include:
    • creating and publicizing the SFU CRC Equity Committee, whose mandate is to oversee the creation of SFU’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan;
    • communicating equity and diversity objectives of SFU’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan to all faculty, staff, and students via the Vice-President, Research (VPR) website and email correspondence to staff and faculty from the VPR Office; and
    • holding information sessions for faculty and staff to learn more about SFU’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan.


SFU has established a CRC Equity Committee comprised of members from faculty, administration, the SFU Faculty Association, and staff.

  • The objectives of the committee are to oversee the creation of all required elements of SFU’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan, which include:
    • data collection on all current Canada Research Chairholders and applicants;
    • meeting the CRC Program’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency Requirements; and
    • SFU’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan.
  • The committee meets monthly and has established a governance plan that includes:
    • contracting the services of an external equity advisor;
    • appointment of a project lead to set timelines, organize meetings, manage deadlines, and liaise with equity advisory to design and create deliverables for consideration of the committee;
    • committee consensus on materials and deliverables related to SFU’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan; and
    • final approval and oversight from the Vice-President, Research and International and Vice-President, Academic, on all documentation related to this initiative.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan

Contact Information

To find out more information about the implementation of Simon Fraser University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion agenda, please contact the Associate Vice-President, Research.

Monitoring Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Concerns

A person who believes that they have experienced discrimination, harassment based on a prohibited ground of discrimination, sexual harassment, or personal harassment can direct their complaint to the Human Rights and Equity Office. Learn more about the procedures for complaints and answers to frequently asked questions.

  • SFU is in the process of expanding its equity portfolio and has recently created two new positions for Directors of Equity in Faculty Relations and Human Resources. It will be the responsibility of the Directors to coordinate all faculty and staff related complaints and diversity and equity issues by:
    • receiving equity, diversity, and inclusion related complaints to prioritize and reassign or involve other service departments such as Human Rights and the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office;
    • providing conflict resolution support to affected parties and collaborating as needed with other departments and stakeholder groups such as union representatives, Human Resources and other Faculty Relations staff;
    • working collaboratively with Safety & Risk Services to prepare formal reporting to WorkSafeBC on bullying and harassment complaints;
    • providing consultation and advice to faculty on individual workplace conflicts and complaints of bullying and harassment, including providing support on conflict resolution and conducting investigations when needed; and
    • conducting exit interviews for academic staff resigning or retiring, and developing and maintaining an impartial interview process.

SFU’s Equity Targets and Gaps

Policies and Procedures that Govern Staffing of Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program provides the University with the opportunity to recruit world-class scholars across all research disciplines. This document provides a brief description of the principles which guide the use and allocation of CRC positions at SFU.

View the polices and procedures that govern staffing of Canada Research Chairs at SFU.

Simon Fraser University Canada Research Chairs Equity Committee

The CRC Equity Committee is comprised of:

Faculty Representatives: Lesley Shannon, Nathalie Sinclair
Faculty Relations: Doug Thorpe-Dorward, Catherine Stoddard
Simon Fraser University Faculty Association: Ronda Arab
Major Projects Office: Theresa Burley
External Advisor: Grace Wong Sneddon

Canada Research Chairs Program Utilization Spreadsheet

Canada Research Chairs Program: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practices

Public Reports

Current Canada Research Chairs Postings

Archived Postings for Canada Research Chairs


2018 External Job Advertisements:

Tier 1 or Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) - Learning Analytics and Learning Design

2017 External Job Advertisements:

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) – Sustainable Energy Systems Modelling
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) – Alternative Energy Conversion Systems


Currently there are no archived Canada Research Chair postings for internal retention.

For further inquiries or information on this initiative, please contact Theresa Burley at