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.
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, nine Laurier researchers hold Canada Research Chairs:
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 (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:
Zhenfeng Ma (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Marketing).
This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Aiden Tracey and Lisa Curtis. The fellowship supports the work of a scholar to undertake research in the area of experiential and social media marketing.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Kelly (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Finance).
The chair is responsible for promoting the development of graduates for future employment in the property and casualty insurance industry. As a focal point for the property and casualty insurance industry in Canada, the chair conducts research in insurance and risk management and is responsible for helping raise the profile of the industry among students as well as in the broader community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Si Li (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Finance).
This fellowship is made possible with a generous gift from Ira Gluskin. The fellowship is granted to an individual with an outstanding record of research and teaching in the area of finance.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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