In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country.
The Canada Research Chairs program invests $300 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.
Our research chairholders push the boundaries of knowledge in their fields. Awarded in part on the basis of their own research, research chairs are also awarded by virtue of the contributions that a researcher makes to the education and supervision of students and the coordination of other researchers' work. Laurentian currently boasts 8 chairs from various disciplines.