Search for the Vice-President (Research)

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An international search for Western’s next Vice-President (Research) is now underway.

As Chair of the VPR Selection Committee, I welcome your thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing Western as we work to strengthen the impact of our research enterprise on the national and global stage. What should our priorities be?

Your insights will shape the role we are seeking to fill.

We also invite your suggestions regarding prospective candidates. The role requires a leader who finds inspiration by engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders and then is motivated to build consensus behind big, bold ideas that will lead our institution to greater heights. What other attributes will they need to lead our research portfolio during the next five years?

Your recommendations will ensure we have a diverse and robust candidate pool to explore.  

This website offers a platform to share your input with the search committee in confidence. If you are a prospective candidate or wish to recommend a prospective candidate, please contact our search consultant, Laverne Smith, at

Thank you for your interest and support.  

Yours sincerely,

Alan Shepard
President & Vice-Chancellor
Chair, Vice-President (Research) Selection Committee