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Charmaine Dean is Waterloo’s Vice President, Research & International. She started at Waterloo in 2017 and is responsible for two distinct offices—the Office of Research and Waterloo International.
Research & International is a big portfolio—what does your role involve?
The Office of Research encompasses a number
of portfolios, including commercialization, ethics, grants and prestigious
awards, centres and institutes, and large research programs such as FedDev and
Canada Research Chairs.
I am also responsible for several new portfolios,
including interdisciplinary research, and equity, diversity and inclusion in
research. In addition, I am the first point of research-related contact for
external communities including the Tri-Agencies; Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada (ISED); and ministers’ offices.
Half of my time is spent on internally
facing initiatives and issues, while the other half is allocated to externally
facing needs. I sit on 20 Boards of Directors (as Chair for six of the boards) related
to research initiatives at Waterloo, as well as a number of boards, councils,
committees, and advisory groups for partners and government, and some related
to my research.
Waterloo International encompasses international agreements and partnerships; international experiences for faculty, staff, and students, and building a strong international profile.
Why might faculty be interested in your role?
One of the key elements of my role is to
ensure that research at Waterloo is understood and supported by government and
industry. Part of my mandate is to drive research forward within Canada in
order to guide policy, as well as to continue building a profile for Waterloo
research internationally. For faculty, I would like them to know that my door
is always open to hear about their research and successes, and to help ensure
their work leads to valuable impact.
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