Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy is mandated to advise the governance committees and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) on implementing measures to achieve the goals of increased equity, diversity and inclusion in all programs TIPS administers. Achieving these goals within the programs and the broader Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating excellent, innovative and impactful research. As such, this supports the three federal research funding agencies’ commitment to excellence in research and research training.

The committee also reviews applications for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Recognition Award, providing the program with a recommendation as to which institution to recognize.

The committee’s membership includes diverse stakeholders with a wide mix of backgrounds and competencies. When performing their duties, committee members consider current research, best practices and the various contextual factors in which the programs operate.

Current committee members

Vianne Timmons (Co-chair)
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Regina

Named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Vianne Timmons is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in inclusive education and literacy research.

Timmons has been president of the University of Regina since 2008. As the first female university president in Saskatchewan, she has been a strong advocate for the development of women leaders, both in her home province and beyond. She is the driving force behind the Inspiring Leadership Forum, an annual, day-long symposium on women and leadership that attracts more than 500 participants.

Timmons received the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada Recognition Award in 2014 for promoting and supporting diversity in academic institutions. In 2015, the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education presented her with the Leadership and Influence award for promoting policies that enhance gender equity. In 2017, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and, in 2019, she received an Indspire Education Award.

Timmons is of Mi’kmaq heritage.

Santa J. Ono (Co-chair)
President and Vice-Chancellor
The University of British Columbia

Santa J. Ono is president and vice-chancellor of The University of British Columbia, a professor of medicine and biology, and chief advisor of the British Columbia Innovation Network. Previously, he was president of the University of Cincinnati.

Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration–a leading cause of blindness.

In 2017, the American Council on Education recognized Ono for demonstrating leadership and commitment to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education. In 2015, he was named America’s most notable university president by Inside Higher Education.

Jonathan A. Allan
Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory
Brandon University

Jonathan A. Allan is Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and associate professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Brandon University, and holds an appointment in the Gender and Women’s Studies program. He is also vice-president of the American Men’s Studies Association.

In his research, Allan explores the ways in which queer theory can and should inform the critical study of men and masculinities. He is the author of Reading from Behind (University of Regina Press, 2016) and is an editor for Journal of Bodies, Sexualities and Masculinities, and associate editor of Journal of Popular Romance Studies. He also sits on the editorial/advisory boards of Feral Feminisms, The Journal of Popular Romance Studies, The Journal of Men’s Studies, Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana, Men and Masculinities, and Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture.

Arig al Shaibah
Associate Vice-President (Equity and Inclusion)
McMaster University

Arig al Shaibah is McMaster University’s inaugural associate vice-president (Equity and Inclusion) and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Sociology. In her role as associate vice-president, she oversees the Equity and Inclusion Office and is responsible for championing and leading the development and implementation of strategic equity, diversity and inclusion priorities at McMaster.

Al-Shaibah holds a master’s in public administration and a PhD in education with a focus on cultural and policy studies from Queen’s University. Prior to joining McMaster, al Shaibah held the roles of vice-provost, Student Affairs, and acting executive director, Human Rights and Equity Services, at Dalhousie University, and assistant dean ,Student Affairs (Student Life and Learning), at Queen’s University.

Through her professional and academic work, al Shaibah is interested in questions of how to foster critical intercultural and inclusive leadership and to mobilize campus communities towards organizational change for more equitable and inclusive academic ecosystems.

Malcolm Campbell
Professor and Vice-President, Research
University of Guelph

Malcolm Campbell joined the University of Guelph as vice-president, Research, in June 2015. A distinguished scholar and plant genome biologist, Campbell has an extensive academic leadership and research record. Campbell completed his PhD in biochemistry in 1991 at the University of Guelph and The University of British Columbia. Following postdoctoral work in France, and North Carolina, he held a tenured faculty position at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 2004. In 2004, he joined the University of Toronto, where he held simultaneous appointments in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology, the Faculty of Forestry, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Graduate Department of Environmental Sciences.

Campbell was vice-principal of research at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, between 2009 and 2015, where he oversaw heightened research competitiveness and reputation. He leads a productive research team in his area of plant genome biology. At the University of Guelph, in addition to his vice-president, Research Duties, he is institutional lead of the university’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund initiative, Food from Thought, a big data analytics platform for the agrifood sector, and oversees the University of Guelph’s partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. Campbell also serves on journal editorial boards, scientific and non-scientific advisory boards, and advises governmental, non-governmental, private sector, and community organizations.

Sheila Cote-Meek
Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture
York University

Sheila Cote-Meek is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. She joined York University as the inaugural vice-president, Equity, People and Culture, in October 2019. Cote-Meek leads a team that includes Labour Relations and Human Resources to ensure the development and implementation of a progressive and effective strategy and structure that advances the university’s mission to cultivate an equitable, inclusive, respectful and healthy work environment.

Previously, she was the associate vice-president, Academic and Indigenous Programs, at Laurentian University, where she was the senior lead on Indigenous initiatives, across disciplines. She played a lead role in several Indigenous initiatives including increasing the number of Indigenous scholars, the creation of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, the master’s of Indigenous Relations and the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute. She also worked extensively on the faculty relations portfolio in collaboration with Human Resources and the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost.

Cote-Meek holds a PhD in sociology and equity studies from the University of Toronto, as well as a master of business administration and a bachelor of science in nursing from Laurentian University. Author of Colonized Classrooms – Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education (Fernwood Publishing, 2014), she is an active researcher and has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities regionally, nationally and internationally on social justice, education and health-related issues. In 2016, she was nominated as an Indigenous role model for the Council of Ontario Universities Future Further Campaign, and, in 2013, she was the recipient of a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. A champion for equity, diversity and inclusion, and a leader in Indigenous education, Cote-Meek has a strong history of building relationships to advance institutions and is committed to working toward accessible higher education for all.

Jay Dolmage
Professor and Associate Chair
Undergraduate Communication Outcome Initiative
University of Waterloo

Jay Timothy Dolmage is a professor of English at the University of Waterloo, where he is committed to creating a more accessible future for higher education. He focuses on disability rights in his scholarship, service and teaching. His work brings together rhetoric, writing, disability studies and critical pedagogy.

Dolmage is founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. His first book, Disability Rhetoric, was published with Syracuse University Press in 2014. Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education was published with University of Michigan Press in 2017 and is available in open-access online. Disabled Upon Arrival: Eugenics, Immigration, and the Construction of Race and Disability was published in 2018 with The Ohio State University Press.

Wafa El-Adhami
Executive Director
Science in Australia Gender Equity

Wafa El-Adhami is the executive director of Science in Australia Gender Equity. With a research background in molecular biology and microbiology, El-Adhami has held many senior leadership and management positions in the Australian government, including in the Department of Health and Ageing, the Office of Chemical Safety, and the Commission for Occupational Health and Safety. Most recently, she has worked internationally as a consultant specializing in health policy, regulation and clinical solutions.

Vivek Goel
Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives
University of Toronto

Vivek Goel is vice-president, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Toronto and professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Goel is a distinguished scholar with an extensive background in teaching, research and university administration. He obtained his medical degree from McGill University and completed postgraduate medical training in Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Goel obtained a master of science in community health from the University of Toronto and a master of science in biostatistics from Harvard University’s School of Public Health. His research has focused on health services evaluation and the promotion of the use of research evidence in health decision-making.

Goel joined the University of Toronto in 1991. He was chair of the Department of Health Administration in the Faculty of Medicine from 1999 until 2001, and was the university’s vice-president and provost from 2004 until 2008. He was a founding scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), where he continues as an adjunct senior scientist. He served as founding president and CEO of Public Health Ontario from 2008 until 2014, where he successfully built an academic public health services agency that provided scientific and technical advice to front-line practitioners.

He has extensive experience in governance and in his university role serves on several boards including MaRS Innovation and TRIUMF. He is co-chair of the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform and is the vice-chair of the board of the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Michael Anthony Hart
Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement
University of Manitoba

Michael Anthony Hart is a citizen of the Fisher River Cree Nation and the vice-provost, Indigenous Engagement, at the University of Calgary. He was the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work at the University of Manitoba from 2012 to 2018.

Hart’s current research focuses on Indigenist helping knowledges and practices, Indigenous males and physical activity, Indigenous experiences of colonialism, anti-colonialism and Indigenist and anti-colonial research methodologies.

Kevin Hewitt
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
Dalhousie University

Kevin Hewitt is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science and chair of Senate at Dalhousie University. In the classroom, Hewitt strives to link physics with learners’ everyday lives. In his molecular imaging lab, he has developed novel nanoparticle probes for cancer imaging and treatment, new optical imaging approaches, and a prototype medical diagnostic tool for liver steatosis.

Hewitt was elected to positions on the Canadian Association of Physicists and the American Physical Society, and has a history of establishing innovative programs and organizations serving the African Canadian community.

Hewitt completed a bachelor’s of science, physics specialist and biology major, at the University of Toronto. While in graduate school at Simon Fraser University, he helped establish several university and community organizations and programs. At Dalhousie University, he co-founded Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, a STEM outreach program for African Canadian students. For these contributions, he received a Youth Community Service Award and Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence. He was also a finalist for the Science Champion Discovery Award.

Carla John
Manager, Equity, Human Rights and Accessibility
Cambrian College

Carla John has been the manager of Equity, Human Rights and Accessibility at Cambrian College, in Sudbury, since 2017. She works with teachers, students, and parents to help make schools more safe and inclusive for all students. John is a former teacher who returned to university and received a master’s in educational psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Hard-of hearing since the age of two, John has experienced the ways in which marginalized identities intersect and are sometimes forgotten. She has worked with people with disabilities as a learning skills counsellor at Laurentian University, an adapted sports project coordinator, and as former chair of the Sudbury Accessible Sports Council.

Originally from Bermuda, John likes to return often with her wife and son to visit family and friends.

Eve Langelier
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Université de Sherbrooke

Eve Langelier is a woman committed to student success, progression for women in science and technology, and sharing her passion for bioengineering. She has a background in mechanical and biomedical engineering, holding a master’s in mechanical engineering from Laval University and a PhD in biomedical engineering from École Polytechnique in Montréal.

Langelier is professor at Université de Sherbrooke. She holds the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in Quebec, with a main goal of increasing the involvement of women in these fields.

Sara Mole
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Professor
Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London

Sara Mole is the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity professor and a group leader at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (LMCB) at University College London (UCL). Her research focus is on translational neuroscience for Batten disease, a group of inherited neurodegenerative diseases mainly affecting children.

In 2008, Mole introduced the idea of working under the UK Athena SWAN Charter to the LMCB to improve gender equality. She led the implementation of the charter, from the LMCB receiving its first Athena SWAN Silver Award in 2009, which was renewed in 2012, to receiving its Athena SWAN Gold Award in 2016. This was the UCL’s first Gold award and only the eighth awarded in the United Kingdom. The LMCB is held up as a beacon of good practice within UCL.

Mole champions equality and diversity in UCL’s Faculty of Life Sciences through the Equality and Diversity Committee. She also promotes the approach the LMCB adopted throughout the UK and other academic settings. Mole highlights gender equality by tweeting using #simplygoodpractice.

Catherine Mounier
Vice-President, Research Creation and Dissemination
Université du Québec à Montréal

Catherine Mounier obtained her master’s of science in molecular chemistry from Rennes University in France and her PhD in cellular and molecular biology in 1994 from the National Superior Agronomic school in Rennes. She did postdoctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry at Iowa University, where she studied the transcriptional regulation of the avian malic enzyme gene. She did further postdoctoral studies at McGill University, where she participated in the identification of new hepatic cell signaling pathways triggered by insulin and EGF ligands.

Mounier joined the Biological Sciences Department of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 2003 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. She was assistant chair of this department from 2007 to 2012, then chair from 2012 to 2015. In July 2015, she was appointed vice-president, Research Creation and Dissemination, at UQAM. Her research projects focus on lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, with a particular emphasis on nutritional and hormonal regulation of genes involved in hepatic lipogenesis. Hepatic steatosis (accumulation of excess fat in liver cells) is a focal point of research in her laboratory.

Susan Prentice
Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
University of Manitoba

Susan Prentice is professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba, where she specializes in work-family, social care, and social movements, with a focus on childcare policy. She practices public sociology, and is a long-time contributor to childcare advocacy and to feminist organizations. In 2003, she was one of the eight faculty members who launched a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission about systemic discrimination in the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Kate Sang
Edinburgh Business School
School of Social Sciences
Heriot-Watt University

Kate Sang is a professor of gender and employment studies at Edinburgh Business School in the School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland. Her research explores gender and intersecting inequalities in the workplace. Sang’s current research examines gynaecological health conditions at work, and disability in academic careers. She also leads an Inclusion Matters project to improve disability inclusion in science careers. Through this Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-funded project at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, Sang focuses on early career stage inclusion, from PhD to postdoctoral and postdoctoral to first lectureship.

Sang is a member of the Scottish government expert panel on single-use plastics, and is a member of the United Kingdom’s Research Excellence Framework panel. She is an editorial board member for Work, Employment and Society and established Heriot-Watt University’s first fully open-access journal, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity.

Malinda S. Smith
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Alberta

Malinda S. Smith is professor of political science at the University of Alberta. A community engaged scholar, Smith is also president of the Academic Women’s Association at the university.

Previously, Smith served as the faculty association’s equity chair. She has also served as vice-president of equity for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and as a member of the Canadian Association of University Teacher's (CAUT) Racialized Academic Staff Working Group. She has received numerous awards, including the Human Rights Education Recognition Award in 2013 from the University of Alberta’s Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights; the 2015 Canadian Association of University Teachers Equity Award; and the Community Contributor of the Year award in 2016 from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

Smith’s published research engages questions on critical African political economy and terrorism studies, antiracism and decolonization, and equity and higher education. She co-authored The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (UBC Press, 2017) and is also the editor and co-editor of multiple books.

Valerie Steeves
Professor, Department of Criminology
University of Ottawa

Valerie Steeves is professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Her main area of research is the intersection of technology and human rights. She is the co-project leader of the SSHRC-funded eQuality Project, a seven-year partnership examining young people’s privacy and equality in networked spaces. She is also the lead researcher for MediaSmart’s Young Canadians in a Wired World, which has been tracking young people’s experiences with networked technologies since 2000.

Steeves has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD in communications from Carleton University.

Sharon E. Straus
Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care
Department of Medicine
University of Toronto

Dr. Sharon E. Straus is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist who trained at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford. She is the director of the Knowledge Translation Program and deputy physician-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is also director, Division of Geriatric Medicine, and vice-chair and professor, Department of Medicine, at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Straus is the Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care. She has authored more than 400 publications and three textbooks in evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation and mentorship. According to the Web of Science, she is in the top one per cent of highly cited clinical researchers. She holds more than $62 million in peer-reviewed research grants as a principal investigator, and has received national awards for mentorship, research and education.

Holly Witteman
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Emergency Medicine
Université Laval

Holly Witteman is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at Université Laval, which is situated on traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Abenaki, Wabanaki Confederacy, Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) & Haudenosaunee peoples.

Witteman directs the research unit in the Faculty of Medicine's Office of Education and Professional Development. She is a scientist at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Centre and the Institute of Primary Care Research affiliated with Université Laval. She is also an affiliate investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, which is situated on traditional Algonquin territory.

With an interdisciplinary background in human factors engineering and social sciences, her research is about the design and evaluation of digital and other media in health decision-making. She specializes in human-computer interaction in health education, risk communication and decision-making, including design methods to support inclusive user- and patient-centeredness.

Witteman has lived since childhood with chronic autoimmune conditions, including one classed as a disability.

Deborah Zornes
Director, Research Services
Royal Roads University

Deborah Zornes is the director, Research Services, at Royal Roads University, and has been with the university since 2006. She also teaches research methods at the graduate level and is president of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators. Prior to that, Zornes was the manager, Research Services, at Athabasca University for 15 years.

As director, Zornes is responsible for the strategic and operational directions of research administration and support at the university. She works with faculty to find research opportunities, and assists in developing and submitting proposals, and managing and reporting on research activities.

Zornes holds a PhD in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Victoria. Her research interests are: evaluating and measuring research effectiveness and quality, including outputs, outcomes and impacts; the impact of corporatization on the university and the research undertaken and supported, and what this means for the university’s role in society; and research administration as a profession.

Past committee members