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Canada Research Chairs at Sunnybrook Research Institute

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Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

Selection, nomination and administration of Canada Research Chairs at Sunnybrook Research Institute

Canada Research Chairs opportunities at SRI

Current Canada Research Chairs at SRI

Policies to support equity, diversity and inclusion

Contacts

Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

This website provides a brief overview of Canada Research Chairs (CRC) at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) and new and ongoing efforts to meet the requirements of the Canada Research Chairs Program’s (CRCP) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan. It also includes postings for CRC opportunities at SRI. This information complements information provided on the University of Toronto’s website.

Sunnybrook Research Institute is the research arm of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC), and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. The university manages a CRC allocation provided by the federal CRCP. This allocation is administered in partnership with nine fully affiliated hospitals in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network.

Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to collaborating with the university to raise awareness of issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the CRCP. Both organizations have published action plans that address these issues:

Sunnybrook Research Institute Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, 2017–2019

University of Toronto’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Read more about SRI’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Consult the CRCP’s website to learn more about equity, diversity and inclusion practices that aim to increase transparency within the CRCP. Institutional equity targets were introduced by the CRCP as a means of increasing the number of chair holders from the federally designated groups: women; Indigenous peoples; persons with disabilities; and, members of visible minorities.

Statement on equity, diversity and excellence

Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants for its CRC opportunities, including, but not limited to: women; members of visible minorities; people of all religions and ethnicities; persons with disabilities; LGBTQ+ persons; and, all others who might contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Sunnybrook Research Institute is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is in full agreement with the university’s statement of equity, diversity, and excellence, which is excerpted here:

“At the University of Toronto, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons, and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. We seek to ensure to the greatest extent possible that all students and employees enjoy the opportunity to participate as they see fit in the full range of activities that the University offers, and to achieve their full potential as members of the University community.

We believe that excellence flourishes in an environment that embraces the broadest range of people, that helps them to achieve their full potential, that facilitates the free expression of their diverse perspectives through respectful discourse, and in which high standards are maintained for students and staff alike. An equitable and inclusive working and learning environment creates the conditions for our diverse staff and student body to maximize their creativity and their contributions, thereby supporting excellence in all dimensions of the institution.”

Selection, nomination and administration of Canada Research Chairs at Sunnybrook Research Institute

Sunnybrook Research Institute has adapted its existing institutional practices on the selection, nomination and administration of CRCs to align with CRCP guidelines for selection and nomination of Chairs. These practices aim to eliminate barriers and increase access to the Program by the federally designated groups, and to contribute to the University of Toronto’s efforts to meet and exceed its equity and diversity targets.

Sunnybrook Research Institute employs more than 300 scientists and clinician-scientists, eight of whom hold Canada Research Chairs. A list of current CRCs at SRI is available here.

Canada Research Chairs are allocated to, and administered by, the University of Toronto, rather than SRI:

  • the university manages the allocation of Chairs to affiliated hospitals;
  • hospitals have a CRC sub-allocation and select their own CRC candidates;
  • the university is responsible for submitting hospital-based nominations to the CRCP Secretariat; and
  • CRC awards are sub-granted to the affiliated hospitals through inter-institutional agreements.

The recruitment and allocation of CRCs by affiliated hospitals is determined by each hospital’s strategic research priorities. At SRI, the business development and analytics office works closely with the research services office at the University of Toronto to administer its Chair allocations. More information about the internal allocation of CRCs at SRI can be found here.

More information about the administration of Chairs by affiliated hospitals can be found here.

Canada Research Chairs Opportunities at SRI

Internal

There are no positions available at this time.

External

There are no positions available at this time.

View archived CRC opportunities.

Current Canada Research Chairs at SRI

Sunnybrook Research Institute has an allocation of ten Chairs within the University of Toronto’s program. Profiles of our eight current Chairs are listed below.

Dr. David Andrews
Canada Research Chair in Membrane Biogenesis
Tier 1: 2015-10-01
CRC profile

Dr. Kullervo Hynynen
Canada Research Chair in Imaging Systems and Image-Guided Therapy
Tier 1: 2006-07-01, Renewed: 2013-01-01
CRC profile

Dr. JoAnne McLaurin
Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer Disease Therapeutics
Tier 1: 2019-04-01

Dr. Meaghan O’Reilly
Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Ultrasound
Tier 2: 2019-04-01

Dr. Donald Redelmeier
Canada Research Chair in Medical Decision Sciences
Tier 1: 2003-07-01, Renewed: 2017-07-01
CRC profile

Dr. Bojana Stefanovic
Canada Research Chair in Neuroimaging
Tier 1: 2019-04-01

Dr. Graham Wright
Canada Research Chair in Imaging for Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Tier 1: 2010-05-01, Renewed: 2017-05-01
CRC profile

Policies to support equity, diversity and inclusion

Although all SRI scientists are cross-appointed to the University of Toronto, SRI and the university have independent CRC recruitment policies. Each is responsible for developing their own processes for managing and administering their own Chairs.

There are several human resources (HR) policies, practices, and resources already in place that support EDI across Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, including SRI. These are published internally through the intranet to all staff:

  • Sunnybrook’s Recruitment & Selection Process policy (HR-0079), which sets specific guidelines with respect to recruitment and selection activities and ensure that fair and equitable processes are applied to all.
  • Sunnybrook’s Diversity Statement and Principles policy (ADM-003) and the Respect Program (HR-0047), which articulate statements and principles that signify institutional support for diversity and inclusion and recognize, respect and celebrate the strength and diversity of Sunnybrook’s staff, students, patients and community.
  • Harassment, Discrimination and Violence policy (HR-0049), for the recognition and prevention of all sorts of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
  • Whistleblowing policy (HR-175), which encourages all individuals to confidentially report improper conduct by providing an open avenue of communication regarding improper conduct, without fear of reprisal.
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), including an e-learning module available to all staff in the Sunnynet.

Contacts

We welcome questions, feedback and suggestions about the CRC program at SRI.

For more information about Canada Research Chairs at SRI and EDI topics related to research and institutional funding programs, contact the business development and analytics office Kevin Hamilton, director, or Claudia Gordijo, projects officer.

For concerns related to EDI in employment at SHSC and SRI, contact Kristen Winter, vice president, human resources and organizational development and leadership.

All equity and diversity concerns will be reported to the vice president, human resources and organizational development and leadership at SHSC.

For more information about the CRCP at the University of Toronto, visit www.research.utoronto.ca/crc/