UNBC is very proud to be a partner in the Canada Research Chairs Program, intended to ensure that Canadian research and development is globally competitive. It is the objective of the federal government to help universities become centres of leading-edge research and research training. To assist in accomplishing these aims, research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—have been established in universities across the country. The positions enable universities such as UNBC to create outstanding opportunities to attract elite researchers. The British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund and the Canada Foundation for Innovation have also contributed to the success of the program at UNBC, by providing funds for the purchase of equipment critical to the research goals of the institution’s Canada Research Chairs. An enhanced research and development culture in Canada will contribute to improved international competitiveness in the knowledge-based economy, and ultimately to an improved standard of living for Canadians.
UNBC is also honoured to host BC Leadership Chairs, as well as a number of Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chairs, and the Ian McTaggart Cowan Muskwa-Kechika Research Professor. The holders of these research chairs contribute to UNBC's success as a research-intensive university, and enhance our ability to carry out locally inspired and internationally significant research in our strategic research areas.