Insights from Leaders in R&D and Innovation

Karen Mossman
Vice-President, Research (Acting)
McMaster University

McMaster is known for its pioneering spirit and ability to look at the world in new and unique ways through a multidisciplinary lens. It’s why we attract some of the world’s top researchers who continue to earn the trust of their partners in industry, organizations and governments. Thanks to those researchers – and the impact and influence of their work – we’re Canada’s most research-intensive university for three consecutive years.

Andrew P. Dean, PhD
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Lakehead University

We are proud to be Canada’s #1 research university in our category for the 5th year in a row. Research partnerships and a collaborative approach has been key to achieving this distinction. Through research and innovation, Lakehead University continues to increase the relevance of the university to our community and its people.

Andrea England
Vice Provost, Research
Sheridan College

At Sheridan, innovation and creativity are at the heart of what we do. Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities (SRCA) are an integral part of our identity, and through our efforts in research, we continue to drive economic and social innovation among our collaborators and across our communities.

Dr. Tim Kenyon
Vice-President, Research
Brock University

Research at Brock is about making a difference. Our partnerships have proliferated in key areas, including children’s mental health, climate change and biochemistry. Our Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute advances the grape and wine industry. New funding will support validating, prototyping and manufacturing research that will accelerate innovations in bioagriculture, bioscience and chemical manufacturing.

Feridun Hamdullahpur
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo brings together world-class academic strength, leading-edge research, experience-rich learning and a highly networked entrepreneurial culture that ignites curiosity and enables bold ventures. The Waterloo culture builds bridges between imagination and industry on a foundation of innovation that matters.

Dr. Alice B. Aiken
Vice President Research and Innovation
Dalhousie University

Ending poverty. Fighting inequalities. Tackling climate change. Ensuring that no one is left behind. By grounding Dalhousie University’s Strategic Direction for Research and Innovation in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, our world-class researchers are able to apply their brain power to this century’s most pressing problems and create a better future for us all.

Dr. Rizwan Haq
Interim Vice-President, Research
Laurentian University

Laurentian is on the rise…again! In the spring, we will celebrate our 60th year of operation, having gone from an undergraduate university to a research intensive one. Thanks to the commitment and hard work of our researchers and staff, our total sponsored research income has grown by 168% over the last 5 years. Congratulations to our researchers, students and staff!

Rafik Goubran
Vice-President (Research and International)
Carleton University

Carleton University’s collaborative multidisciplinary research has made a significant difference in areas such as energy efficiency, migration and refugees, Indigenous and northern communities, accessibility and artificial intelligence. Through national networks, industry partnerships and international collaborations, Carleton is generating economic development and contributing to new regulatory frameworks while tackling some of the toughest issues of our time.

Dan Patterson, PhD
Niagara College

Twenty years ago, Niagara College was among the applied research pioneers, and we’re proud to have grown into an innovation leader among colleges, with research centres that leverage our areas of specialization and support key industry sectors. Through applied research, we harness the expertise of our faculty and staff, enhance the learning experience for our students, and drive innovation in our local businesses and economic growth in our communities.

Dr. Rui Wang
Interim Vice-President Research & Innovation
York University

At a pivotal time when the global economic eco-system is rapidly changing, cross-sector collaboration is increasingly important. Driven by world-leading research and innovation excellence, Canada’s universities play vital roles in helping position this country as a leader in the new economy.

Dr. John Tibbits
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

At Conestoga, we are committed to delivering innovative solutions that address today’s real-world challenges and pave the way to a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. Our extensive network of partnerships, collaborative approach and entrepreneurial culture provide a sound foundation for applied research excellence.

Dr. Steven N. Liss
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Ryerson University

Ryerson’s place at the centre of one of the world’s most diverse cities provides a unique lens through which to view and address complex challenges like climate change, advancing sustainable and innovative cities, immigration, and industry 4.0. In our city, across the country and globally, by focusing on research collaboration and excellence, we can create evidence-based solutions with transformative impact.