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Research chairs are pivotal to the standard of research conducted at universities, because they provide support to allow faculty members not only the financial ability to continue their research, but also the time away from teaching to deeply focus on their projects. Funding for chairs comes from a variety of sources, including the Canada Research Chairs program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Northern Research Chairs program, the Ontario Research Fund, private sector partnerships, and donors.

The University Research Professor Program is an internally granted research award for a highly deserving Laurier professor to pursue an intensive research project.

Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs

Since its inception in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs Program has aided Canadian universities by increasing their research and training capacities to ensure Canada’s ability to compete internationally in varied areas of study. Currently, 10 Laurier researchers hold Canada Research Chairs:

  • Canada Research Chair in Cold Regions Water Science (tier 1), Philip Marsh (Geography and Environmental Studies).
  • Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modelling (tier 1), Roderick Melnik (Mathematics).
  • Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change (tier 2), Jennifer Baltzer (Biology).
  • Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance (tier 2), Jörg Broschek (Political Science).
  • Canada Research Chair in Market Insight and Innovation (tier 2), Tripat Gill (Business).
  • Canada Research Chair in Organizational Leadership (tier 2), Ivona Hideg (Business).
  • Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Environmental Change (tier 2), Homa Kheyrollah Pour (Geography and Environmental Studies).
  • Canada Research Chair in Global Political Ecology (tier 2), Audra Mitchell (Political Science). 
  • Canada Research Chair in International Migration (tier 2), Alison Mountz (Geography and Environmental Studies).
  • Canada Research Chair in Financial Markets (tier 2), Andriy Shkilko (Business, Finance).

For more information about Laurier's commitment to equity in research, please refer to the Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

Centre for International Governance Innovation Research Chairs

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Research Chairs are recognized internationally as outstanding and innovative scholars working on the frontier of global governance. These chairs also teach in the academic programs of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. The current CIGI Research Chairs from Laurier are:

  • Alison Blay-Palmer, CIGI Chair in Sustainable Food Systems (Geography and Environmental Studies).
  • Jonathan Crush, CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development (School of International Policy and Governance).
  • Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change (Geography and Environmental Studies).
  • Paul Freston, CIGI Chair of Religion and Politics in Global Context (Sociology).
  • Rianne Mahon, CIGI Chair in Comparative Family and Social Policy (Political Science).
  • Audra L. Mitchell, CIGI Chair in Global Governance and Ethics (Political Science).
  • Alan Whiteside, CIGI Chair in Global Health (School of International Policy and Governance).

Donor-Sponsored Chairs, Professors and Fellows

Arthur Wesley Downe Professorship In Finance

M. Fabricio Perez (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Finance).

This professorship is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor. The professorship enables Laurier to continue to provide top quality education in finance.

BMO Financial Group Professorship in Entrepreneurship

Brian Smith (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Finance).

This professorship is made possible by a generous gift from BMO Financial Group. The professorship supports curriculum, program development and research in entrepreneurship across all faculties at Laurier, fostering entrepreneurial behaviour in all students.

Chair In Brand Communication

Sarah Wilner (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Marketing).

Canada’s first chair in Brand Communication was established in 2011 by 45 leading Canadian brands and brand marketing professionals to establish Laurier as a national centre for brand education. It is the intent of this chairship to provide leadership in university-level brand communication education by fostering greater and more active partnership between the university and industry and other leading academic partners to raise the quality and profile of brand communication education across Canada.

Cleghorn Fellowship In War And Society

These fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from John and Pattie Cleghorn and family. The fellowships are also supported by Laurier’s Office of the Provost and Vice President: Academic, Laurier’s dean of Arts and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS). The fellowships allow the university to recruit the best and brightest new PhDs working on historical studies of conflict, war and society, making the centre the hub for Canadian military history.

CN Fellowship In Supply Chain Management

Michael Haughton (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Operations and Decision Sciences).

This fellowship is made possible by CN Canada. The CN Fellow in Supply Chain Management will engage with CN to manage the relationship between Laurier's Centre for Supply Chain Management and CN.

Dr. John McMurry Research Chair In Environmental Geography

Christopher Lemieux (Geography and Environmental Studies)

Funded by an anonymous alumnus donation of $2.5 million in 2009, the Dr. John McMurry Research Chair in Environmental Geography is named in honour of one of Laurier’s most celebrated geography professors and former chair of the department, now retired.

Dunkley Chair In War And The Canadian Experience

Mark Humphries (History).

This chair is made possible by a generous gift from the Dunkley Charitable Foundation. The chair studies the impact of war on Canadian history and society, as well as educates students about Canada’s military past.

Equitable Life Of Canada Fellowship In Finance

Madhu Kalimipalli (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Finance).

This fellowship is made possible with a generous gift from Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada. The fellowship allows one professor to pursue research in finance and to instruct students in the theoretical nuances and practical skills of this field.

Grant Thornton LLP Fellowship in Accounting

Lan Guo, Associate Professor, Accounting

This fellowship is made possible with a generous gift from Grant Thornton LLP. The fellowship allows one professor to pursue research in accounting and to instruct students in the theoretical nuances and practical skills of this field.

Lazaridis Research Professor

Nicole Coviello (Marketing, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics; Research Director, Lazaridis Institute).

The Lazaridis Research Professorship, created in 2016, leads research to help young technology firms scale their organizations and become globally competitive. The professorship is generously supported by a gift from Mike Lazaridis.

Linamar Fellowship In Accounting

Robert Mathieu, (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Accounting).

This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Linamar Corporation. The fellowship supports a professor who is pursuing research in accounting.

Lyle S. Hallman Chair In Child And Family Welfare

Gary Cameron (Social Work).

This chair is made possible by the late Lyle S. Hallman, a prominent businessman and philanthropist in the Waterloo Region. The chair is focused on exemplary teaching and research in the area of child and family welfare.

William Birchall Foundation Fellowship in Accounting

Darren Henderson (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Accounting).

This fellowship is made possible by the William Birchall Foundation. The William Birchall Foundation Fellow will pursue research in finance and instruct students in the theoretical nuances and practical skills of the accounting field.

Internal Research Awards

University Research Professor

The position of university research professor is awarded every year through a competitive process to a Laurier professor who has achieved a continuous record of scholarly excellence over an extended period of time as exemplified by receiving external grants, publishing in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, having books or monographs published by scholarly presses, presenting invited lectures at scholarly conferences, and/or receiving scholarly honours.

The award was created to:

  • Recognize and reward a continuous record of outstanding scholarship or creativity by a full-time member of the Laurier faculty.
  • Enable an accomplished scholar or composer to complete a major program or piece of research.
  • Emphasize the importance of research at Laurier and to highlight and promote the achievements of our outstanding scholars.

The University Research Professor Program is administered by the Office of Research Services and provides a $10,000 research grant and a two-course remission to the awardee.

The university research professor is honoured at convocation with a citation highlighting the scholarly accomplishments of the recipient, as well as his or her research agenda for the year of the award. The recipient is permanently recognized in the university calendar and on a plaque displayed in the Office of Research Services.

University Research Professor Recipients

Laurier Early Career Researcher Award

The Early Career Researcher Award is a university-wide recognition of exceptional early career faculty members who have made notable contributions to research/creative activities in their area(s) of expertise and to the training of students. Up to three awards will be awarded annually. The selection committee will strive to ensure that the individuals honoured in any given or succeeding years represent a diversity of disciplines from across Laurier.

The award was created to:

  • Recognize and reward a continuous record of outstanding scholarship or creativity by an early career full-time member of the Laurier faculty.
  • Recognize early career faculty members for their commitment to training and mentoring students.
  • Emphasize the importance of research at Laurier and to highlight and promote the achievements of our outstanding scholars.

The Early Career Researcher Awards Program is administered by the Office of Research Services and provides a $2,500 research award and a certificate of recognition. 

Early Career Researcher Award Recipients

Laurier Research Chair

Laurier recognizes and values its Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), who are committed to creating and mobilizing knowledge to achieve research excellence. In recognition of their research leadership, Laurier has developed the Laurier Research Chair program for Tier I and Tier II CRCs who have completed their second (or third) terms and who have achieved significant research recognition both nationally and internationally. This is a transition program for previous CRCs with the intention that a gradual return to teaching duties will ensure continued productivity following the completion of their CRC.

Individuals awarded a Laurier Research Chair will be entitled to hold the Laurier Research Chair title in perpetuity. They will be entitled to one course remission per year for a period of three years immediately following the completion of their CRC terms.

Laurier Research Chair Award Recipients

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