Canada Research Chairs at Acadia University

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top five countries for research and development. By helping Canadian universities become world-class centres of research and research training, the CRCP contributes to enhancing Canada's competitiveness in the global, knowledge-based economy, improving Canadians' health, and enriching our social and cultural life.

Acadia currently has three active Canada Research Chairs.  The Program continues to be central to developing capacity associated with our Strategic Research Plan theme areas, focused through the lens of rural and coastal:

  • Community Life, Organizations, and Cultural Diversity
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Resilience
  • Human Health and Wellness
  • Innovative and Enabling Technologies

We also strive to increase the diversity of faculty holding Chair positions at Acadia.

Meet Acadia's Canada Research Chairs

Dr. Mark Mallory
Canada Research Chair in Coastal Ecosystem Resilience and Connectivity
Tier 2: July 1, 2011
Renewed: July 1, 2016
Advanced from Tier 2 to Tier 1: July 1, 2019
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Canada Research Chair Listing

Dr. Michael Stokesbury 
Canada Research Chair in Ecology of Coastal Environments 
Tier 2: July 1, 2010
Renewed: Feb 1, 2016
Natural Sciences and Engineering
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Canada Research Chair Listing

Dr. Brenda Trofanenko
Canada Research Chair in Education, Culture and Community
Tier 2: July 1, 2009
Renewed: April 1, 2015
Social Sciences and Humanities
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Canada Research Chair Listing

CRC Utilization at Acadia

Please download the CRCP utilization spreadsheet (.XLSX) for information regarding:

  • how many Chair allocations Acadia University has;
  • how many allocations are filled and by which Chairs (including their term start and end dates);
  • the type of flex moves used by Acadia;
  • allocations currently available
Statement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Acadia University is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion within its research enterprise, including at each stage of planning for recruiting, hiring and retaining Canada Research Chairs. The CRCP defines equity as “the removal of systemic barriers and biases, and the practice of inclusivity, so that all individuals have equal access to and benefit from the program.” The CRCP defines diversity as “differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant status, Indigenous status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and age.”

Acadia University recognizes that the promotion of equity and diversity necessitates coordinated efforts to ensure the inclusion of all individuals, including those from the CRCP’s four designated groups (FDGS): women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples.

Learn more about the CRCP’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices

2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement

CRC Program Statistics

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan & Progress Report
Raising Institutional Awareness of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

To raise institutional awareness of Acadia’s commitment to fostering and maintaining an equitable, diverse and inclusive research culture, particularly with regards to the CRCP, the institution has implemented a communications strategy detailed below:

  • Promote Acadia University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan to faculty and staff
  • Notify faculty and staff of major updates to the CRCP webpage on the RGS website via institutional email lists
  • Develop and distribute an annual update on institutional progress towards meeting the objectives of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, to be posted on the RGS website
  • When searches for CRCP candidates occur, develop and distribute a handout with critical information related to equity, diversity and inclusion to selection committees, which will also be posted on the RGS website for broader institutional access

In subsequent years, this communications strategy may be revised and updated as needed.

In addition, equity training is offered annually to all faculty and staff with the intention of raising awareness and providing strategies for fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive research environment on campus.

CRCP Equity Targets

All participating CRCP institutions must set equity and diversity targets to address the underrepresentation of members of the four designated groups among their chairholders. The CRCP uses this data to monitor the institutions’ progress toward meeting their established targets.

Acadia University Equity Targets

Acadia’s CRCP equity targets are indicated below. These targets are calculated using the CRCP target setting tool. Because there are fewer than 5 Chair positions at Acadia, current gap numbers cannot be communicated and are withheld to protect the privacy of our Chairs.

Designated Group


Women 29%
Visible Minorities 15%
People with disabilities 4%
Aboriginal Peoples 1%
Questions and Concerns

In accordance with Acadia University's Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination, any person who believes that they may have been harassed or discriminated against by any members of the University campus community may lodge a complaint with the University's Equity Officer. The Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination lays out the University's process for addressing and resolving concerns.

Note: As of April 5th, 2019 Acadia University is in the process of drafting a new Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination. The new policy is expected to be in force by the fall of 2019.

Equity Office
Bancroft House, Room 103
(902) 585-1298

University faculty may address concerns about equity, diversity, and inclusion to the University's Equity Officer and/or to the Acadia University Faculty Association.
(902) 585-1422

Acadia University's Vice-President Academic is responsible for implementing the institution’s equity, diversity and inclusion agenda. Concerns related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the institution should be made by contacting the Vice-President Academic (contact information below). The Vice-President Academic is responsible for monitoring these concerns and making sure they are addressed in a reasonable time frame.

Dr. Dale Keefe, Vice-President Academic
Tel: (902) 585-1357

CRC Postings


The Division of Research and Graduate Studies is responsible for administering Acadia University's CRCP. If you have questions about the CRCP, please contact:

Dr. Anna Redden

Horton Hall, 18 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6

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