Canada Research Chairs Program - Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency Requirements

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commitment Statement

Western University recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to the University’s mandate as a research intensive institution of higher learning and a community leader.  Western understands that our pursuit of research excellence and our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are compatible and mutually supporting. As such, Western is committed to achieving and maintaining an equitable representation amongst our Canada Research Chair holders, as well as within Western’s broader research enterprise. Western seeks to ensure the equitable representation of the federally designated group members (women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities).  In keeping with the importance of diversity and inclusion, Western also recognizes additional equity seeking groups, including persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity and/or gender expression.

Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to our strategic documents and established practices, including but not limited to the following:

  • Western's Strategic Plan, Towards Western at 150, confirms “Western will strive to ensure that our community, our campus, our programs, our research, our
    outreach, and our self-representation will be more inclusive”.  The new Associate Vice-President (EDI) will work collaboratively with the Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives) and with other campus leaders to achieve measurable progress in these key areas and Western will create and fund an EDI Strategic Plan for Western.
  • Western's Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) has, as goals, to "increase Indigenous faculty members working at Western” and “through promotion and tenure and annual performance review processes, recognize additional demands placed on time and workload of Indigenous faculty members through involvement in a number of activities  that support Indigenous education and scholarship across the institution.” The ISP also commits to “review strategies to reduce the gap in Indigenous people’s representation.”
  • Western’s Research Plan indicates that “the appointment of female faculty members to CRC positions is a key priority for Western” and that the Vice-President (Research) “has committed to work closely with the Provost and the Deans of the relevant Faculties to increase the rate of appointment of female faculty as Chairs come up for renewal.”  
  • Western University and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association have agreed, in the Faculty Collective Agreement, to "cooperate in the identification and removal of all barriers to the recruitment, selection, hiring, retention and promotion of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of racialized groups. Other groups as may be designated as under-represented in federal and provincial human rights legislation or agreed to by the Parties may be included in this list."

Through the above strategic plans and our established practices, Western’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion will support our efforts to attract and retain the best talent, increase the diversity of our workplace and contribute to the creation of a world-class research and scholarship culture. 

While we have made progress, we will continue to update and enhance provisions for equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, our EDI plan is a living document with strategies for continuous self-assessment and improvement.



Strategy Statement for Raising Awareness of Western's Commitments and the Benefits of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within the Canada Research Chairs Program and Broader Research Enterprise

As part of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) and the broader research enterprise we will continue to communicate Western’s principles and values, and the benefits of equity, diversity and inclusion.     

We will do this by: 

  1. Communicating the benefits of equity, diversity and inclusion through website presence and community emails.
  2. Monitoring adherence to well defined allocation, search and recruitment processes and will publish and communicate our progress in diversifying our CRC population.
  3. Incorporating reporting of equity, diversity and inclusion activities by academic units in our annual planning cycle to re-inforce awareness among academic leaders of the strategic importance to the institution of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  4. Providing equity, diversity and inclusion training to all members of CRC-related committees, as well as ensuring the participation of an Equity Representative on these committees.

Governance Plan for Approval of Western's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

In accordance with Western’s Employment Equity Policy (MAPP 3.2), Employment Equity Policy MAPP3.2, final responsibility and accountability for the University’s Employment Equity Policy rests with the President.

A recommendation for approval of Western’s CRCP EDI plan was made by Western’s Canada Research Chairs Steering Committee after development and endorsement of the plan from the Western’s Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan Committee.

Western’s CRC Steering Committee’s membership includes: the Provost and Vice-President (Academic); the Vice-President (Research); and the Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty).

Western’s CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan Committee includes representatives from Research Western; the Office of Indigenous Initiatives; Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Faculty/Department/School Leadership; and,  Canada Research Chair Holders.   .

Western’s Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Action Plan is a “living plan”.  Ongoing discussion and dialogue with the full academic community will be central to the plan’s continuous assessment and update.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan

Please see our Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan website at: Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Contact Information of Persons Responsible for Implementing Western's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Contact Information for persons responsible for implementing the Canada Research Chairs Program Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan at Western University:

 

Dr. Margaret McGlynn
Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty)
Western University
International and Graduate Affairs Building, Lower Level
London, ON; N6A 3K7

mmglynn@uwo.ca

Connie Zrini
Faculty Relations and Recruitment Consultant
Office of Faculty Relations
Western University
International and Graduate Affairs Building, Lower Level
London, ON   N6A 3K7

czrini@uwo.ca

Contacts for Inquiries related to the Faculty Collective Agreement and/or Western University’s policies governing faculty:

Ella Forbes-Chilibeck
Director, Faculty Relations
Western University
International and Graduate Affairs Building, Lower Level
London, ON    N6A 3K7

forbesc@uwo.ca

Contacts for Western-specific Inquiries or Concerns related to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion:  

Terri Tomchick-Condon
Senior Consultant, Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Western University
London, ON
N6A 3K7

tltomchi@uwo.ca

 

Procedures for Addressing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Concerns

Western University has various policies and collective agreement articles related to equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights. For more information on these, please view our full statement: Procedures for Addressing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Concerns (PDF)  

Canada Research Chair Program Statistics for University Equity Target Data

CRCP Equity Target Data for all participating institutions can be found at: Canada Research Chairs - Program Statistics

Western University Equity Target Data 2021-2029

Western University Target percentages: Equity Target Setting Summary Table 2021-2029

Policies and Procedures Regarding Staffing of Canada Research Chairs

University of Western Ontario Faculty Association Collective Agreement 2018-2022 (PDF)

Clinical Faculty Conditions of Appointment (PDF)

Canada Research Chairs Program Utilization Spreadsheet for Western University

For Western's current utilization, please view our CRC Program Utilization Spreadsheet (PDF).

Canada Research Chair Advertisements

For all of Western's current Canada Research Chair opportunities, as well as archived Canada Research Chair postings, please visit us at our Academic Careers page for Research Chairs.

Transparency Statement for Internal Canada Research Chairs Advertisement

Canada Research Chair Internal Postings:

Canada Research Chair Posting Archives (Internal)

Transparency Statement for Emergency Retentions and Tier 1 - Third Nominations

The CRC Steering Committee reviews all requests to:

1)  allocate a CRC for emergency retention nominations

2)  Tier 1, third term nominations

Approvals, if applicable, are made in exceptional circumstances and in accordance with the Canada Research Chairs Program Requirements for Recruiting and Nominating Canada Research Chairs (https://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/equity-equite/recruitment-recrutement-eng.aspx )  and equity and diversity considerations aligned with Western’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan.

Canada Research Chairs Program, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices

Canada Research Chairs - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices

Canada Research Chairs Program Requirements for Recruiting and Nominating Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs Program Requirements for Recruiting and Nominating Canada Research Chairs

Public Progress Reports

Progress report as of December 15, 2018: Western's CRC EDI Progress Report 2018 (PDF)

Progress report as of May 28, 2021: Western's EDI Progress Report 2019 and 2020 (PDF)

Statement of Account - EDI Stipend

2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement

2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement