Strengthening Canada’s Research Capacity: The Gender Dimension
The Expert Panel on Women in University Research
After the notable absence of female candidates in the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program, the Minister of Industry, in March 2010, struck an ad-hoc panel to examine the program’s selection process. The ad-hoc panel found that the lack of female representation was not due to active choices made during the CERC selection process. As a result, the CCA received a request to undertake an assessment of the factors that influence university research careers of women, both in Canada and internationally.
What policies and what societal, cultural, and institutional, economic, and/or other relevant factors influence the career trajectory of women researchers in Canadian universities and underlie gender disparities observed in Canadian university researcher’s statistical profile, by discipline area, rank, duty/position/stature, salary, tenure, research funding and or/any other relevant indicators?
To conduct the assessment, CCA convened an expert panel of 15 Canadian and international experts from diverse fields, which was chaired by Dr. Lorna Marsden, President emeritus and Professor, York University.
The report is informed by a life-course model, which allowed the Panel to provide an in-depth overview of the factors that affect research career trajectories. The Panel was also able to develop a baseline of information regarding the statistical profile of women researchers in Canada.