Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Canada Research Chairs - EDI Action Plan

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The Government of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) are committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges. The Government of Canada has introduced new requirements within the CRCP to support the achievement of a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Canadian research enterprise in Canada. As such, the CRCP is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity.

All Canadian universities that accept funding from the federal CRCP are expected to make concerted efforts to take specific steps in support of developing equity and diversity targets with respect to CRCs, as well as provide a supportive and inclusive workplace for all Chairholders.

Laurentian University strongly supports a workplace environment that removes disparities experienced by the designated groups in Canada: women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities, as defined in the Employment Equity Act. Laurentian is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) with respect to the selection, appointment and institutional support of CRCs.

You can learn more about the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices on the CRCP page.

Following the review of our original action plan by the Canada Research Chair program, Laurentian revised its action plan in response to reviewer comments. The following action plan was submitted to the CRCP on September 27, 2019. To read Laurentian University's updated Equity, Diversity and Inclusion action plan for its Canada Research Chairs, please click here.

A working group was formed in February 2019 to guide the revision of Laurentian’s EDI Action Plan following a review of the plan by the CRCP that found it to be moderately weak. The revised plan will be reviewed by Laurentian’s Executive Team and approved by the three Vice-Presidents (Academic, Administration and Research) as these individuals oversee all of the departments involved in the hiring and retention of Laurentian’s Canada Research Chairs. An annual review of the plan will be undertaken every December. The content of this EDI Action Plan will be updated as needed to respond to the CRCP Secretariat.   

Laurentian University is committed to the promotion and protection of a respectful, diverse and inclusive community. To that end, we have established the Policy on a Respectful Workplace and Learning and Environment. Further to the Policy, the Program on a Respectful Workplace and Learning Environment outlines the steps and processes, through which concerns or complaints, including those related to equity, diversity and inclusion, are addressed. Both the policy and program can be accessed through the links below. Senior administrators are made aware of specific cases in accordance with section 10.10.4 of the Program.

The Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Office (EDHRO) prepares an annual report which is made available to the Laurentian Community concerning the number, type and disposition of cases and on educational and other activities related to the Policy and Program. Further information, including the annual reports, is available through the EDHRO’s website (include website link). All issues brought to the EDHRO are treated in a confidential manner.

Further information, please contact the EDHRO.

 

Links

Policy on a Respectful Workplace and Learning Environment

Program on a Respectful Workplace and Learning Environment

Office of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights

All of Laurentian University's institutional policies can be found on the following page: https://laurentian.ca/policies-accountability/policies

Current Process

Internal Process: None

External Process: Tier II Canada Research Chair in Clean Water Technology (click here for posting)

 

Archived Processes

2015 Advertisement (External process for Tier I Canada Research Chair in Metallogeny)

2014 Advertisement (External process for Tier II Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health)

To raise awareness of its commitment to, and the benefits of, equity, diversity and inclusion within the CRCP and in the broader research enterprise, Laurentian University will implement the following:

  • A working group including members from equity-seeking groups to improve the original version of our action plan;
  • Members of CRC selection committees will complete the CRCP’s Unconscious bias training module at the start of the hiring process;
  • Use a #LULEDI hashtag to help promote Laurentian EDI initiatives on social media;
  • Post the annual reports provided to the CRCP on our website;
  • A revised and internally approved Action Plan will be sent by email to all members of the Laurentian community;
  • Create a set of best practices around EDI that could be used by other internal research evaluation committees;
  • Support and promote specific EDI initiatives in research within the context of our annual Research Week, as well as more punctual events;
  • Hold information sessions for different academic and administrative units on campus about EDI.

To consult the 2018 progress report, click here

For questions relating to equity, diversity and inclusion, please contact Shawn Frappier (Director, Faculty and Staff Relations) at extension 3014 or by email at SG_Frappier@laurentian.ca

For questions relating to Laurentian's Canada Research Chairs, please contact Dr. Daniel Archambault (Director, Office of Research Services) at extention 3446 or by email at DArchambault@laurentian.ca