Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) are selected following a rigorous competitive external peer review process. The allocation of Canada Research Chairs to StFX is reviewed each two years and is determined by funding received by researchers from the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) in the three years prior to the year of the allocation. Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable once, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.



  • Dr. Todd Boyle - Tier 2 CRC in Quality Assurance in Community Pharmacy
  • Dr. Sharon Gregory - Tier 2 CRC in Renaissance Humanism
  • Dr. Petra Hauf - Tier 2 CRC in Cognitive Development
  • Dr. Lars Hollstrom - Tier 2 CRC in Public Policy and Governance
  • Dr. Lisa Kellman - Tier 2 CRC in Environmental Science
  • Dr. Derek Leaist - Tier 1 CRC in Colloid Chemistry
  • Dr. Jacob Levman - Tier 2 CRC in Bioinformatics
  • Dr. Leslie Jane McMillan - Tier 2 CRC in Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Communities
  • Dr. Peter Poole - Tier 2 CRC in Modelling and Simulation
  • Dr. Ricardo Scrosati - Tier 2 CRC in Marine Ecology

Requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Public Accountability and Transparency at StFX

Our Commitment

StFX prohibits discrimination and harassment on all grounds protected under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act including age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability or mental disability, irrational fear or contracting an illness or disease, ethnic, national or Aboriginal origin, family status, marital status, source of income, political belief, affiliation or activity. This commitment applies to the Canada Research Chairs program specifically, and to the broader university-wide research and scholarship community.

Raising Awareness on EDI

StFX will continue to raise awareness of its commitment to and the benefits of equity, diversity and inclusion within the CRC program and the broader research enterprise through the following mechanisms:

  • Presentations by the AVPRGS and AVP at Faculty meetings, meetings of the Senate, meetings of the StFX Board of Governors, the President’s Council, and departmental meetings, as well as consultations to renew the University Strategic Research Plan or undertake faculty planning processes.
  • Posting of our Plan and related information on the University Website.
  • Holding further discussions on equity, diversity and inclusion at the StFX Research Advisory Committee, the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee and Senate

Our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan

Our plan was developed by the Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies, in consultation with members of the StFX Research Advisory Committee and with input from the Director of Human Resources and the StFX Human Rights and Equity Advisor. The Plan has been presented to, and discussed by, the StFX President’s Council, which includes all executives and senior managers. The senior official responsible for formal approval is the Academic Vice President and Provost.


StFX CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan


StFX CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan - 2022-2023 Progress Report


StFX CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan - 2021-2022 Progress Report


StFX CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan - 2020-2021 Progress Report


StFX CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan - 2019-2020 Progress Report


StFX CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan - 2018 Progress Report

Policies that govern staffing of CRC positions include:


Discrimination and Harassment Policy


Violence in the Workplace: Prevention and Response


Conflict of Interest Policy


StFX Association of University Teachers (AUT) Collective Agreement

Requirements for Recruiting and Nominating Canada Research Chairs

Contact information

For questions about the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Plan, please contact:

Dr. Richard Isnor,Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies
St. Francis Xavier University
7th Floor, Nicholson Tower
PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
Tel: 902-867-5036

For questions or concerns related to equity and diversity, please contact:

Megan Fogarty, Human Rights and Equity Advisor
313D Bloomfield Centre, St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
Tel: 902-867-5306

If you have concerns about equity, diversity and inclusion related to the chairs program, the Academic Vice-President and Provost is the university’s officer responsible for receiving formal complaints concerning equity with respect to the CRC program.

Dr. Amanda Cockshutt, Academic Vice-President and Provost
St. Francis Xavier University
8th Floor, Nicholson Tower
PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
Tel: 902-867-2443


If complaints are received from a current faculty member within the StFX AUT and related to anything specific to the collective agreement, then such a complaint is filed in the usual process for any grievance, and dealt with through the appropriate channels and processes. If the complaint is unrelated to the collective agreement, individual members may submit a complaint in writing to the Provost’s office, with copy to the AUT. Any such submissions must be signed or must have a name attached to the complaint. The Provost will provide a written response within 30 calendar days, with copy to the AUT in those cases where it was copied on the original complaint. In preparing responses related to equity concerns, the Academic Vice President and Provost consults with the StFX Department of Human Resources, the StFX Human Rights and Equity Advisor, the Vice President, Finance and Administration, and (if necessary) the President. Equity related complaints submitted to the University by an external party (e.g, an applicant or interviewee) will undergo the same the same process as above,

however, responses will not involve the AUT (faculty association). Equity, diversity and inclusion concerns can also be submitted directly to the StFX Human Rights and Equity Officer, Megan Fogarty (@email), who is responsible for monitoring and addressing these concerns, as well as preparing reports on equity issues to senior management.


StFX EDI Target Setting Plan (2021-2029)


StFX EDI Targets and Gaps (2023)


StFX CRC Program Utilization Spreadsheet (2023)

Current Chair Recruitment Postings

External / Open Postings: None at this time.

Internal Postings: None at this time.

Useful Links:

CRC Program Statistics 

2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement A number of the measures the Canada Research Chairs Program has implemented to address the underrepresentation of individuals from the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) within the Program stem from a 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement. This agreement was reached between a group of eight academics who filed complaints with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) in 2003. In 2017, at the request of the complainants, the 2006 Settlement Agreement was made a federal court order because they considered that not enough progress had been made in addressing the underrepresentation in the Program in the 11 years since the agreement had been signed. In lieu of a federal court process, the Program entered into a collaborative mediation process with the complainants and the commission to come to an agreement on changes to the settlement agreement that would address the inequities within the Program in a systemic, structural and sustainable way. A 2019 Addendum outlines the new terms of the settlement agreement. The 2019 Addendum will: set deadlines to meet population-based equity targets by 2029; implement targets by Tier 1 and Tier 2 Chairs for large institutions; implement intersectional best practices; add considerations for how to recruit and support individuals from LGBTQ2+communities; and revise the self-identification form to collect data on nominees and chairholders who identify with LGBTQ2+ communities and who identify as white.

These measures are complementary to the Program’s current EDI measures in that they will help achieve its objective of attracting and retaining a diverse cadre of world-class researchers to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions. They are also complementary to the commitment and efforts demonstrated by Canadian postsecondary institutions in addressing EDI more broadly. To implement the Addendum, the Program will develop and launch a revised EDI action plan (EDIAP 2.0) in collaboration with participating institutions in the winter of 2019-20. For additional information on the 2019 Addendum, its implementation and the Program’s current EDI measures, please see this link for the frequently asked questions.