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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, nine 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 Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance (tier 2), Jörg Broschek (Political Science).
  • Canada Research Chair in Financial Markets (tier 2), Andriy Shkilko (Business, Finance).
  • Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change (tier 2), Jennifer Baltzer (Biology).
  • Canada Research Chair in Group Dynamics and Physical Activity (tier 2), Mark A. Eys (Kinesiology and Physical Education, Psychology).
  • Canada Research Chair in International Migration (tier 2), Alison Mountz (Geography and Environmental Studies).
  • Canada Research Chair in Market Insight and Innovation (tier 2), Tripat Gill (Business).
  • Canada Research Chair in Social Psychology (tier 2), Anne Wilson (Psychology).

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).
  • James Orbinski, CIGI Chair in Global Health (Health Sciences).
  • Alan Whiteside, CIGI Chair in Global Health (School of International Policy and Governance).

Donor-Sponsored Chairs, Professors and Fellows

Aidan Tracey Fellow In Experiential And Social Media Marketing

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.

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.

Chair In Insurance

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.

Cleghorn Fellowship In War And Society

Mary Chaktsiris (History).

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

Chair to be announced.

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.

Ira Gluskin Fellowship In Finance

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.

KPMG Foundation Fellowships In Accounting

Leslie Berger and James Moore (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Accounting)

These fellowships are made possible with a generous gift from the KPMG Foundation. The gift provides teaching and research support for two fellowships in accounting in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

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.

University Research Professors

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

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