Communication Guidelines for Chairholders


Public announcement of Chair appointments
Chairholder title
Publications, presentations and conferences
Website, business cards, letterhead, email signature
Media and publicity
Canada Research Chairs logo
Chairholder web profiles and photos
Research results, honours and awards



Public announcement of Chair appointments

When can I publicly announce my Canada Research Chair appointment?

In keeping with standard Government of Canada practice, Canada Research Chairs appointments cannot be released to the media or formally announced by universities or chairholders until the Government of Canada has made its official public announcement (see anticipated public announcements schedule).  These public announcements are held two times a year and are done in consultation with universities in order to gain maximum media exposure for all involved. Prior to this first public announcement, Canada Research Chair appointments are confidential and should not be formally released to the public in any form.

However, in order to ensure that this policy does not prevent chairholders from meeting their research objectives, if there is a lag time between the effective start date of their appointments and the public announcement they may ‘informally’ use their titles during this time (i.e. when recruiting students, on business cards, at conferences, on their CVs, when applying for research funding, on their personal websites etc).

When can I publicly announce the renewal of my appointment?

In keeping with standard Government of Canada practice, the renewal of Canada Research Chair appointments is to remain confidential until the Government announces it publicly (see above). However, in order to ensure that this policy does not prevent renewed chairholders from continuing to meet their research objectives, if there is a lag time between the effective start date of their renewals and the public announcement they may continue to ‘informally’ use their titles during this time (i.e. when recruiting students, on business cards, at conferences, on their CVs, when applying for research funding, on their personal websites etc).



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Chairholder title

What is my chairholder title?

Your official chairholder title is "Canada Research Chair in (your area of research)".

For example, your title might be "Canada Research Chair in Fisheries Risk Assessment and Management," or "Canada Research Chair in Fetal, Neonatal and Maternal Health"; or "Canada Research Chair in Urbanization and Cultural Diversity"; all of which incorporate the area of research.

The title should not use symbols or short forms, e.g., use "and" instead of "&". It should also be short enough for the media to understand and use.

When can I start using my chairholder title?

In keeping with standard Government of Canada practice, new and renewed Canada Research Chairs appointments cannot be released to the media or formally announced by Institutions or chairholders until the Government of Canada has made its official public announcement (see anticipated public announcements schedule).  These public announcements are held two times a year and are done in consultation with universities in order to gain maximum media exposure for all involved. Prior to this first public announcement, Canada Research Chair appointments are confidential and should not be formally released to the public in any form.

However, in order to ensure that this policy does not prevent you, as a chairholder, from meeting your research objectives, if there is a lag time between the effective start date of your appointment or renewal and the public announcement, you may ‘informally’ use your title during this time (e.g., when recruiting students, on business cards, at conferences, on your CV, when applying for research funding, on your personal website, etc).

What is the benefit of using my chairholder title?

By making a conscious and continuous effort to use your Canada Research Chair title, you are spotlighting your status as a researcher of excellence. By doing this, you elevate both your reputation as a world-class researcher and the value of the Canada Research Chairs program.

What if I am jointly funded and need to refer to my other source of funding in my title?

If you are jointly funded, we ask that you put the other funding partner's name first followed by "Canada Research Chair" to keep the integrity of the title.

Examples of jointly-funded Chair titles:

  • Alan Edwards-Canada Research Chair in Pain Control
  • Canadian Light Source-Canada Research Chair for Materials Analysis
  • National Research Council-Canada Research Chair in Attosecond Photonics
  • Rotman-Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science
  • Zandmer-Canada Research Chair in Hydrogen and Catalysis

Can I change my chairholder title?

Yes. To make the change official, please contact us at communications@chairs-chaires.gc.ca so that we can check for possible duplication and ensure that your new title is media friendly. Once it is approved, we will translate the title and make the necessary changes in our database and on our website.



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Publications, presentations and conferences

The guidelines for acknowledging Canada Research Chairs program support in professional communications are similar to those established by the three federal granting agencies.

In all professional publications, presentations and conferences, we ask you to identify yourself as a Canada Research Chair and acknowledge the contribution of the program to your research. Please use the following wording for the acknowledgement:

"This research was undertaken, in part, thanks to funding from the Canada Research Chairs program."

When you are invited to speak publicly, we also ask you to ensure that you are identified as a Canada Research Chair in the official event documentation (e.g., program, scenario, pamphlets, advertisements, etc.). If the topic of your speech lends itself to it, we ask that you mention that you are a Canada Research Chair and how this benefits your research (i.e., the impact on your research and on the graduate students who work with you).



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Website, business cards, letterhead, email signature

If you have your own website, we ask you to refer to your Canada Research Chair title and hyperlink this reference to the Canada Research Chairs website. In addition, we ask that any reference to your Canada Research Chair on your university's website be hyperlinked to the Canada Research Chairs website at: www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca.

Please provide us with the URL for your website so that we can add it to your profile on the Canada Research Chairs website. Send us an email at: communications@chairs-chaires.gc.ca.

We also ask that you add your Canada Research Chair title to your business card, letterhead and email signature.



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Media and publicity

We encourage you to identify yourself in media interviews as a "Canada Research Chair in (research discipline) at (name of institution)" and to wear your Canada Research Chairs lapel pin.


Canada Research Chairs insignia

As well, if you produce an op-ed article, we ask that you give your official chairholder title along with your name.

If the Public Affairs office of your university is issuing any documents to the media that refer to your research, please ensure that your official chairholder title is featured.



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Canada Research Chairs logo

The use of the Canada Research Chairs logo and the "Canada" wordmark is regulated by the Federal Identity Program of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. If you would like to use our logo, please contact our webmaster@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.



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Chairholder web profiles and photos

Profiles and photos of chairholders are featured in the Chairholders section of our website. We ask that universities prepare a short research profile and submit a photo of each nominee. See Chaiholder Profiles for deadlines.

Why do you need a photograph of me?

In addition to being featured on the Chairs website, we may wish to use these photos in other Chairs-related promotional materials such as corporate publications and displays at conferences.



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Research results, honours and awards

Do I need to inform you about the results of my research?

We like to be informed about your research as a chairholder so that we can spotlight your accomplishments and build greater awareness of the Canada Research Chairs program.

Do I need to inform you about honours and awards I receive?

As with the results of your research, we like to be informed of any honours or awards you receive. We will often spotlight recently acknowledged chairholders by posting a timely news item on the What's New section on our website.

How often do I need to keep you updated?

There is no set schedule for keeping us up-to-date on your accomplishments and discoveries. We simply ask that you make a point of touching base with us when you feel you have something to share that is newsworthy.

Send us your news at communications@chairs-chaires.gc.ca.