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SFU is committed to ensuring that all CRC nominations and recruitment processes follow best practices and adhere to equity requirements.

View SFU's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan

The Tri–Agency Programs Secretariat (TIPS) requires all institutions with five or more chair allocations to develop an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP). This webpage details SFU’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives and fulfils TIPS’ public transparency requirements.

This action plan guides SFU’s efforts to sustain the participation of and/or address 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 captures our efforts to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion principles into SFU processes and practices within the CRC program and beyond.

SFU is deeply committed to embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion in its policies and practices, evident in the work of the EDI Initiative, SFU’s endorsement of the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada Charter, and selection as a pilot institution in the Dimensions program.

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 equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

View SFU’s Employment Equity Policy

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 work of the SFU CRC Equity Committee, whose mandate was 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 SFU Research website and email correspondence to staff and faculty from the VPRI Office;
    • holding information sessions for faculty and staff to learn more about SFU’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan in 2017; 
    • overviews and detailed processes on all aspects of CRC administration (internal and external), along with training, templates, forms and checklists to assist CRC search committees, and information on equity requirements and best practices; and 
    • regular communications with faculties and departments to ensure compliance with equity requirements for CRC search processes. 

To oversee the development of the Action Plan, SFU established a CRC Equity Committee comprised of members from faculty, administration, the SFU Faculty Association, and staff.

  • The committee’s objectives were to oversee the creation of all required elements of SFU’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan, which included:
    • 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 met monthly and established a governance plan that included:
    • 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.

Oversight of the CRC program at SFU, including allocation of chairs and and monitoring of equity targets, falls within the Vice-President, Research and International portfolio; final approval of chair allocations requires Executive approval.

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 SFU’s Human Rights Office. Learn more about the procedures for complaints and answers to frequently asked questions.

SFU’s Associate Vice President Research oversees the Canada Research Chair Program and is responsible for monitoring and responding to equity, diversity, and inclusion concerns in relation to the Program. Javier Tavitas, (javier_tavitas@sfu.ca),  Equity in Research Lead, Institutional Strategic Awards, is SFU’s first point of contact for bringing such concerns forward to the Director of Institutional Strategic Awards and to the AVP Research.

SFU’s Specialist of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations is responsible for:

  • receiving equity, diversity, and inclusion related complaints from academic staff to prioritize and reassign or involve other service departments such as the Human Rights Office or 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 on individual workplace conflicts and complaints of bullying and harassment, including providing coaching and support on conflict resolution and investigations when needed
  • conducting exit interviews for academic staff resigning or retiring, and developing and maintaining an impartial interview process
  • bringing complaints and concerns to the attention of the Executive Director of Faculty Relations and to the Vice President Academic and Provost, where appropriate.

SFU’s Specialist, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Human Resources is responsible for:

  • receiving equity, diversity, and inclusion related complaints from non-academic staff to prioritize and reassign or involve other service departments such as the Human Rights Office or the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office;
  • providing conflict resolution support, as needed;
  • bringing complaints and concerns about equity, diversity and inclusion to the attention of the Director of Labour Relations and the Associate Vice President, Human Resources where appropriate; and
  • supporting the work of SFU’s Human Resources staff in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

SFU’s Specialist, EDI, VP Academic, Strategic Initiatives works in collaboration with Human Resources, Faculty Relations, the Office of the Vice-President Research, and others across the institution to provide support for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Designated Group Target 

Representation
(December 2019)*

Meeting Target? Gap (# of Chairs)**
Women 10 14 YES none
Visible Minorities 5 8 YES none
Persons with disabilities 1 - - -
Indigenous peoples N/A N/A N/A N/A

* Cell counts less than 5 are withheld to protect the privacy of chairholders
** If the number of chairs need to fill the gap is less that 0.5, the cell indicates N/A

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 policies and procedures that govern staffing of Canada Research Chairs at SFU.

The CRC Equity Committee was created in 2017 for the purpose of drafting SFU’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for the Canada Research Chairs Program. The Committee was 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

EXTERNAL

2020 External Job Advertisements:

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Community Based Research
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Public Health ‘Omics for Heart and Lung Innovation
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aging and Health
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2019 External Job Advertisements:

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Geographies of Racialization and Environment
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Computer Security
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing
Tier 1 or 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information Science
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Natural Products and Chemical Biology
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Energy System Modelling
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience

2018 External Job Advertisements:

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities
Tier 1 or Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) - Learning Analytics and Learning Design
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Statistics and Actuarial Science and CANSSI Scientific Director
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Computer Graphics
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Experimental Particle Physics

2017 External Job Advertisements:

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

INTERNAL

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

Last updated: June 8, 2021

Details

June 8, 2021 - Added document: SFU CRC EDI Progress Report 2019 and 2020

May 11, 2021 - Updated as per approved May 4, 2021 revisions

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