Research Chairs

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.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UNBC

Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency Requirements

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.

BC Leadership Chairs

Henry Harder
Dr. Donald B. Rix BC Leadership Chair for Aboriginal Environmental Health

Thomas Tannert
BC Leadership Chair In Tall Wood and Hybrid Structures Engineering

Endowed Chairs

Phil Owens
FRBC / Endowed Research Chair In Landscape Ecology

Ellen Petticrew
FRBC / Endowed Research Chair In Landscape Ecology

Ché Elkin
FRBC / Slocan Mixedwood Ecology Chair

Oscar Venter
FRBC / West Fraser Growth and Yield Chair

Katherine Parker
Ian McTaggart Cowan Muskwa-Kechika Research Professor

Knowledge Mobilization Chair

Martha MacLeod
Northern Health - UNBC Knowledge Mobilization Research Chair

Industrial Research Chair

Déry, Stephen   
BSc, MSc, PhD                            

Professor, Environmental Science
NSERC/RioTinto Industrial Research Chair in Climate Change
and Water Security

Phone: 250-960-5193

Dr. Déry’s research focuses on cold regions hydrometeorology using a combination of field and satellite observations, various hydroclimatic datasets, and computer modelling. The long-term goal of the NSERC/Rio Tinto Senior Industrial Research Chair in Climate Change and Water Security is to better monitor and assess recent changes in weather and precipitation patterns affecting the Nechako Watershed, to establish their impacts on changing seasonal snowpack evolution and on the vast network of streams and rivers of the Nechako Watershed. More information can be found here.

Canada Research Chairs

  • Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
    PhD Professor, Northern Medical Program and Geography Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities

    An award winning researcher and creative writer whose work focuses broadly on marginalized peoples and geographies, Sarah de Leeuw grew up and has spent most of her life in Northern British Columbia, including Haida Gwaii and Terrace. She is the Research Director of the Health Arts Research Centre and teaches in the areas of Indigenous peoples well-being and health humanities.

  • Dr. Sarah Gray
    BSc, PhD Assistant Dean - Curriculum, NMP Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program Canada Research Chair in Integrative Physiology of Diabetes

    Dr. Gray joined the Northern Medical Program in 2007 and became a Canada Research Chair in the Integrative Physiology of Diabetes in 2013. She is a biomedical researcher examining the underlying mechanisms of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Her research group is interested in understanding how hormones control body weight, with a specific interest in how adipose tissue function is affected by hormones in obesity. In addition to lab-based science, Dr.

  • Greg Halseth
    BA, MA, PhD Professor, Geography Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies Director, Community Development Institute

    Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies and Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute. His research examines rural and small-town community development, and community strategies for coping with social and economic change, all with a focus upon resource-based towns in northern BC.

  • Natalia Loukacheva
    PhD, SJD Associate Professor, Political Science Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law

    Dr. Loukacheva is Canada Research Chair in ‘Aboriginal Governance and Law’ and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Prior to joining the Faculty she was a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2004-2013); the first visiting Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies in Iceland (Norway-Iceland initiative of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, 2013). She is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M.

  • Dr. Brian Menounos
    PhD Professor, Geography Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change

    Brian is a professor of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and a Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2003.

  • Dr. Margot Parkes
    MBChB, MAS, PhD Associate Professor, Health Sciences and Northern Medical Program Cross-Appointed - Northern Medical Program / UBC Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society

    Margot Parkes grew up and completed her medical training in New Zealand, prior to subsequent work and training in public health, human ecology and ecohealth in Europe and the Americas. Margot’s publications and international collaborations focus on research, education and capacity to link health, ecological and social concerns; with an emphasis on ecohealth, and ecosystem approaches to health.

  • Dr. Thomas Tannert
    PhD, Dipl-Ing, MASc, PEng Associate Professor, Integrated Engineering Wood Design BC Leadership Chair, Tall Wood and Hybrid Structures Engineering Canada Research Chair, Hybrid Wood Structures Engineering

    Thomas Tannert joined the University of Northern British Columbia in 2016 as BC Leadership Chair in Tall Wood and Hybrid Structures Engineering. Thomas received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Technology from the University of Bio-Bio in Chile, and a Civil Engineering degree from the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany. Before coming to UNBC, he worked in multi-disciplinary teams in Germany, Chile, and Switzerland and was Associate Chair in Wood Building Design and Construction at UBC.