Research Chairs

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

UNBC's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In accordance with the Canada Research Chairs Program, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is also essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges. As such, UNBC is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity. 

The following EDI Action Plan has been developed by Office of Research and Human Resources staff along with members of senior administration, has been endorsed by the President and is a work in progress with several processes currently under review. Community consultation including members of the Four Designated Groups (FDG’s) is essential, and is planned for 2019.

The following CRCP public accountability and transparency requirements can be found in the UNBC EDI Revised Action Plan:
  • UNBC's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan provides a strategy to raise awareness within the institution of its commitments to and the benefits of equity, diversity and inclusion (page 3).
  • A  governance plan for the approval of the EDI Action Plan (page 3)
  • UNBC's Equity in Employment Policy (page 5).
  • UNBC's equity targets and gaps for each of the four designated groups (see page 7).
  • A description of how equity, diversity and inclusion concerns are received by the institution, monitored and addressed and reported to senior management (page 8).

UNBC CRC Job Postings 

CURRENT POSTINGS

  •  Internal: none
  • External: none

ARCHIVED POSTINGS (Since Oct 27, 2017):

For questions or concerns regarding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency at UNBC please contact:

Arleta Lucarelli
Senior Human Resources Consultant
Phone:  250-960-5575
Email:  Arleta.Lucarelli@unbc.ca

For general information, please contact:

Mark Barnes                                                    OR
Director, Office of Research
Phone:  250-960-5184
Email:  mark.barnes@unbc.ca

Office of Research
Charles J. McCaffray Hall ADM-2015
Email: research@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-5852
Fax: 250-960-5156

Further information regarding CRCP's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion requirements and practices can be found on the CRC website here.

For an introductory presentation to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research please view the following Presentation by Dr. Jacqueline Holler: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research April 4th, 2019

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.


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


Canada Research Chairs

  • Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
    PhD Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program and Geography Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities
    Phone:
    250-960-5993

    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
    Phone:
    250-960-5442

    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
    Phone:
    250-960-5826
    Fax:
    250-960-6533

    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
    Phone:
    250-960-6171

    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
    Phone:
    250-960-6266

    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
    Phone:
    250-960-6813

    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
    Phone:
    250-960-6710

    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.