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Canada Research Chairs: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

UFV’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

As a British Columbia post-secondary institution located on S’olh Temexw, the traditional territory of the Stó:lō people, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) recognizes the diversity of its population, the importance of creating and implementing equity, and exploring the ways in which inclusion can and should take place. Our efforts require concrete goals and actions if we are to achieve meaningful change. These principles are the foundation of UFV’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan.

With this plan as our foundation, and the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) secretariat guidelines on equity, diversity, and inclusion excellence, we are committed to exceeding the equity targets for chairholder representation from women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal peoples.

Read UFV's EDI Action Plan

Strategy for raising awareness

UFV is committed to raising awareness of our commitment to EDI and the great benefits of a diverse, equally empowered community to our CRCs and the campus as a whole.  

We will continue to engage in communicating the importance of EDI to the community in general and within the CRC program in particular. We will work to raise awareness through the following mechanisms:

  • Presentations by the Associate Vice-President, Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies (AVP, REGS) / Director, Research Services and Industry Engagement to the Senate Research Council (SRC), Research Advisory Council (RAC), Faculty Councils and other research related meetings, as well as EDI-related workshops and education opportunities.
  • The prioritization of questions around EDI and Indigenization in our research strategic planning process.  
  • Appointment of an EDI sub-committee of the RAC.
  • Posting information on UFV’s CRC EDI Action Plan on our website, and communicating details to RAC, SRC, and through the REGS newsletter.
  • Overviews and detailed processes on all aspects of CRC recruitment and training, including templates, forms, and checklists to assist CRC recruitment committees.

CRC program’s EDI requirements and practices

2019 addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement

CRC program statistics

UFV EDI stipend progress report

Contact info for questions about the UFV EDI Action Plan

Sundeep Hans
Director, EDI

Procedures for addressing EDI concerns

UFV’s new Director, EDI is in the process of creating a robust and confidential process to address complaints and offer advice, assessment and assistance related to discrimination and harassment on prohibited grounds.

In the interim, a person who believes that they have experienced discrimination or harassment based on a prohibited ground of discrimination, sexual harassment, or personal harassment can direct their concerns to: Sundeep Hans, Director, EDI,

The AVP, REGS is responsible for tracking and monitoring EDI concerns associated with the CRC program at UFV.

Equity targets and gaps

Designated Group


(June 2021)


(June 2021)



Gap (# of Chairs)


(Dec 2022)


(Dec 2025)


(Dec 2027)


(Dec 2029)

Women 1 - Yes - 1 1 2 2



N/A - - - N/A N/A N/A N/A

Persons with


N/A - - - N/A N/A N/A N/A



N/A - - - N/A N/A N/A N/A

 * value withheld because number is less than 5 to protect the privacy of chairholders

Canada Research Chairs Program: Equity Target Setting Tool

Policies and procedures that govern staffing of CRCs

The following policies support EDI in the hiring of CRCs:

UFV CRC allocation 2021

Requirements for recruiting and nominating CRCs

Current internal/external Chair recruitment postings

  • None at this time.

Archived Chair recruitment postings

  • None.

"Ever since I became involved as a Research Assistant, and have started networking more with Amanda (McCormick) and the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research, I feel like all of these opportunities have just fallen in front of me."

  • – Kia Neilsen
  •    BA, Criminal Justice

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