Research Chairs

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UNBC

Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Public Accountability and Transparency Requirements

UNBC is also honoured to host BC Leadership Chairs, as well as a number of Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chairs and the Ian McTaggart Cowan Muskwa-Kechika Research Professor. The holders of these research chairs contribute to UNBC's success as a research-intensive university and enhance our ability to carry out locally inspired and internationally significant research in our strategic research areas.


BC Leadership Chairs

Henry Harder
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Thomas Tannert
BC Leadership Chair In Tall Wood and Hybrid Structures Engineering


Endowed Chairs

Phil Owens
FRBC / Endowed Research Chair In Landscape Ecology

Ellen Petticrew
FRBC / Endowed Research Chair In Landscape Ecology

Ché Elkin
FRBC / Slocan Mixedwood Ecology Chair

Oscar Venter
FRBC / West Fraser Growth and Yield Chair

Katherine Parker
Ian McTaggart Cowan Muskwa-Kechika Research Professor


Knowledge Mobilization Chair

Martha MacLeod
Northern Health - UNBC Knowledge Mobilization Research Chair


Canada Research Chairs

  • Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
    PhD Professor, Northern Medical Program and Geography Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities
    Phone:
    250-960-5993

    An award winning researcher and creative writer whose work focuses broadly on marginalized peoples and geographies, Sarah de Leeuw grew up and has spent most of her life in Northern British Columbia, including Haida Gwaii and Terrace. She is the Research Director of the Health Arts Research Centre and teaches in the areas of Indigenous peoples well-being and health humanities.

  • Dr. Sarah Gray
    BSc, PhD Assistant Dean - Curriculum, NMP Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program Canada Research Chair in Integrative Physiology of Diabetes
    Phone:
    250-960-5442

    Dr. Gray joined the Northern Medical Program in 2007 and became a Canada Research Chair in the Integrative Physiology of Diabetes in 2013. She is a biomedical researcher examining the underlying mechanisms of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Her research group is interested in understanding how hormones control body weight, with a specific interest in how adipose tissue function is affected by hormones in obesity. In addition to lab-based science, Dr.

  • Greg Halseth
    BA, MA, PhD Professor, Geography Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies Director, Community Development Institute
    Phone:
    250-960-5826
    Fax:
    250-960-6533

    Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies and Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute. His research examines rural and small-town community development, and community strategies for coping with social and economic change, all with a focus upon resource-based towns in northern BC.

  • Natalia Loukacheva
    PhD, SJD Associate Professor, Political Science Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law
    Phone:
    250-960-6171

    Dr. Loukacheva is Canada Research Chair in ‘Aboriginal Governance and Law’ and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Prior to joining the Faculty she was a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2004-2013); the first visiting Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies in Iceland (Norway-Iceland initiative of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, 2013). She is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M.

  • Dr. Brian Menounos
    PhD Professor, Geography Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change
    Phone:
    250-960-6266

    Brian is a professor of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and a Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2003.

  • Dr. Margot Parkes
    MBChB, MAS, PhD Associate Professor, Health Sciences and Northern Medical Program Cross-Appointed - Northern Medical Program / UBC Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society
    Phone:
    250-960-6813

    Margot Parkes grew up and completed her medical training in New Zealand, prior to subsequent work and training in public health, human ecology and ecohealth in Europe and the Americas. Margot’s publications and international collaborations focus on research, education and capacity to link health, ecological and social concerns; with an emphasis on ecohealth, and ecosystem approaches to health.

  • Dr. Thomas Tannert
    PhD, Dipl-Ing, MASc, PEng Associate Professor, Integrated Engineering Wood Design BC Leadership Chair, Tall Wood and Hybrid Structures Engineering Canada Research Chair, Hybrid Wood Structures Engineering
    Phone:
    250-960-6710

    Thomas Tannert joined the University of Northern British Columbia in 2016 as BC Leadership Chair in Tall Wood and Hybrid Structures Engineering. Thomas received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Technology from the University of Bio-Bio in Chile, and a Civil Engineering degree from the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany. Before coming to UNBC, he worked in multi-disciplinary teams in Germany, Chile, and Switzerland and was Associate Chair in Wood Building Design and Construction at UBC.