The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, which is housed within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the program. It reports to the Management Committee, which itself reports to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee reports to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
The Management Committee is responsible for providing comments and advice concerning the management of the peer review process, communications strategies, as well as the program's structure, policy development and budget management.
It is composed of the executive director of the Chairs program; the vice-president, Research Partnerships Programs of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); the vice-president, Research Portfolio of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); the vice-president, Research Directorate of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); the first vice-president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI); the director, Research Policy and Outreach Division at Health Canada; and the director general, Innovation Policy at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
The Management Committee reports to the Steering Committee.
In addition to playing an important role in the peer-review process, the Steering Committee is mandated to oversee the management of the program and to provide strategic advice on the program's general direction.
The members of the Steering Committee are:
Ted Hewitt (Chair)
President and CEO, CFI
Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Deputy Minister, Health Canada
Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee
The Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee (IAC) provides advice on program policy and ensures that standards are applied consistently throughout the program. IAC reviews all nominations that include a justification for a Tier 2 Chair as well as those that have received one or more unfavourable assessments.
IAC members are chosen from among the members of the College of Reviewers.
College of Reviewers
Members of the College of Reviewers assess each Chair nomination and recommend whether to fund the position.
Advisory Committee on Equity Policy
The Advisory Committee on Equity Policy is mandated to advise the Secretariat on equity issues.