Update on Canada Research Chairs appointments

November 19, 2018

The federal government recently announced significant investments in the Canada Research Chairs Program, including a new investment of $210 million over the next five years that will add 285 new chairs across the country. The announcement included additional funds of up to $20,000 for early career researchers and new and currently active Tier 2 Chairs, to further help them establish their research projects.

In addition, the government is also investing more than $156 million for 187 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 49 institutions across Canada from the most recent competition. UBC’s application for 23 new and renewed Chairs was successful, bringing the university’s total number of active chairholders to 162.

Canada Research Chairs improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly-skilled people through student supervision, teaching and the coordination of other researchers' work.

The following UBC researchers are new chairholders:

  • Liam Brunham, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Precision Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
  • William (Wai Lung) Cheung, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability and Global Change
  • Jennifer Hutcheon, CIHR Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Population Health
  • Feng Jiang, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Functional Biomaterials
  • Nadja Kunz, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Mine Water Management and Stewardship
  • Sayed Ghoreishi-Madiseh, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Mine Energy Systems
  • Leonid Sigal, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Computer Vision and Machine Learning
  • Stephanie Waterman, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Turbulence
  • Karla Williams, CIHR Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Oncology
  • Alison Wylie, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in the Philosophy of Social and Historical Sciences
  • Peter Zandstra, CIHR Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Bioengineering
  • Ziliang Ye, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Cahir in Optical Control of Quantum Materials

The following individuals have had their Chair renewed:

  • Russ Algar, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Bio/Chemical Sensing
  • Edouard Asselin, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Aqueous Processing of Metals
  • Michael Byers, SSHRC Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law
  • Adele Diamond, CIHR Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Anthony Farrell, NSERC Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in Fish Physiology, Culture and Conservation
  • Sheryl Lightfoot, SSHCR Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics
  • Alison Lister, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Experimental Particle Physics
  • Martin Ordonez, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems
  • Sujatha Ramdorai, NSERC Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in Mathematics
  • Boris Stoeber, NSERC Tier 2, Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Sensing Technology
  • David Wilkinson, NSERC Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in Energy and Electrochemical Technologies
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