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When excellence meets equity: re-imagining research chairs

By Paul Dufour      

As the very nature and conduct of research evolves, the policy experiments will no doubt continue for supporting talent, knowledge and discovery. The research chairs remain important, but they are merely one element of the country’s expanding ecosystem for knowledge creation and dissemination.

Canada’s research system has been built around the constant tensions of excellence versus equity (including its oft-charged politico-geographic dimension). It should come as no surprise that there is a healthy debate today as to what academic research chairs represent in their contributions and impacts to knowledge discovery and to the advancement of society. Excellence has met up with equity and diversity as key criteria in this changing context. Image courtesy of Pexels.com

OTTAWA—“Our government recognizes that when our institutions better reflect the diversity of Canada, science and research are stronger and their impacts on the lives of Canadians are more profound,” said Minister of Science and Sports Kirsty Duncan on June 14.

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