Canada Research Chairs at Acadia University

This webpage provides information about the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) at Acadia University, including institutional initiatives to increase the diversity of faculty holding Chair positions at Acadia.

The CRCP stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top five countries for research and development. By helping Canadian universities become world-class centres of research and research training, the CRCP contributes to enhancing Canada's competitiveness in the global, knowledge-based economy, improving Canadians' health, and enriching our social and cultural life.

Acadia currently has three active Canada Research Chairs.  The Program continues to be central to developing capacity associated with our Strategic Research Plan theme areas, focused through the lens of rural and coastal:

  • Community Life, Organizations, and Cultural Diversity
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Resilience
  • Human Health and Wellness
  • Innovative and Enabling Technologies

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies is responsible for administering Acadia University's CRCP. If you have questions about the CRCP, please contact:

Omar Bhimji, Research and Innovation Coordinator
Research and Graduate Studies
Tel: (902) 585-1745


Meet Acadia's Canada Research Chairs
Dr. Mark Mallory
Canada Research Chair in Coastal Wetland Ecosystems
Tier 2: July 1, 2011
Renewed: July 1, 2016
Natural Sciences and Engineering

Dr. Michael Stokesbury 
Canada Research Chair in Ecology of Coastal Environments 
Tier 2: July 1, 2010
Renewed: Feb 1, 2016
Natural Sciences and Engineering

Dr. Brenda Trofanenko
Canada Research Chair in Education, Culture and Community
Tier 2: July 1, 2009
Renewed: April 1, 2015
Social Sciences and Humanities
CRC Utilization at Acadia

Please download the CRCP utilization spreadsheet, linked below, for information regarding:

  • how many Chair allocations Acadia University has;
  • how many allocations are filled and by which Chairs (including their term start and end dates);
  • the type of flex moves used by Acadia;
  • allocations currently available
CRC Utilization Spreadsheet - Acadia University
Statement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Acadia University is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion within its research enterprise, including at each stage of planning for recruiting, hiring and retaining Canada Research Chairs. The CRCP defines equity as “the removal of systemic barriers and biases, and the practice of inclusivity, so that all individuals have equal access to and benefit from the program.” The CRCP defines diversity as “differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant status, Indigenous status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and age.”

Acadia University recognizes that the promotion of equity and diversity necessitates coordinated efforts to ensure the inclusion of all individuals, including those from the CRCP’s four designated groups (FDGS): women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples.

Learn more about the CRCP’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Acadia University’s CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, linked below, was developed by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies to enable swift progress towards addressing the disadvantages currently experienced by individuals from the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples, and members of visible minorities) in accessing and benefiting from the CRC program. Final approval of the plan was granted by the Vice-President Academic on December 15, 2017.


CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan - Acadia University
CRC EDI Action Plan: Progress Report, December 2018
Raising Institutional Awareness of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

To raise institutional awareness of Acadia’s commitment to fostering and maintaining an equitable, diverse and inclusive research culture, particularly with regards to the CRCP, the institution will implement a communications strategy in 2017-18, detailed below:

  • Promote Acadia University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (to be published online December 2017) to faculty and staff
  • Notify faculty and staff of major updates to the CRCP webpage on the RGS website via institutional email lists
  • Develop and distribute an annual update on institutional progress towards meeting the objectives of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, to be posted on the RGS website
  • When searches for CRCP candidates occur, develop and distribute a handout with critical information related to equity, diversity and inclusion to selection committees, which will also be posted on the RGS website for broader institutional access

In subsequent years, this communications strategy may be revised and updated as needed.

In addition, equity training is offered annually to all faculty and staff with the intention of raising awareness and providing strategies for fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive research environment on campus.

Questions and Concerns

Acadia University's Vice-President Academic is responsible for implementing the institution’s equity, diversity and inclusion agenda. Concerns related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the institution should be made by contacting the Vice-President Academic (contact information below). The Vice-President Academic is responsible for monitoring these concerns and making sure they are addressed in a reasonable time frame.

Dr. Heather Hemming, Vice-President Academic
Tel: (902) 585-1357

CRCP Equity Targets

All participating CRCP institutions must set equity and diversity targets to address the underrepresentation of members of the four designated groups among their chairholders. The CRCP uses this data to monitor the institutions’ progress toward meeting their established targets.

CRC Target-Setting Method

Acadia University Equity Targets

Acadia’s CRCP equity targets are indicated below. These targets are calculated using the CRCP target setting tool. Due to the small number of Chair positions at Acadia, current gap numbers are withheld to protect the privacy of our Chairs.

Acadia CRCP Equity Targets