University Day at Queen’s Park celebrates new Ontario Research Chairs in Public Policy

Eight new Ontario Research Chairs in Public Policy, who will focus on shaping policy around key issues impacting society, were announced at a Queen’s Park reception as part of University Day. The reception, which was accompanied by a day long series of meetings of university representatives with Ministers, MPPs and civil servants. was designed to celebrate the talent and innovation produced by our universities.

“By mobilizing university researchers to shape public policy, this government is making a significant contribution to addressing complex social issues,” says Dr. Peter George, Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities and President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University. “This is another example of the leadership that the Ontario government has shown in advancing research and innovation in this province.”

The Ontario Research Chairs program was endowed with a $25 million investment from the Ontario government. The following eminent scholars were selected as chairholders:

  • Dr. Scott Davies, PhD Sociology – Chair in Educational Achievement and At Risk Students, McMaster University
  • Dr. Udo Schüklenk, PhD Philosophy/Bioethics – Chair in Bioethics, Queen’s University
  • Dr. Anthony Culyer, PhD Economics – Chair in Health Policy and System Design, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Andrew Emili, PhD Molecular Biology – Chair in Biomarkers in Disease Management, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Glen Jones, PhD Higher Education – Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Jatin Nathwani, PhD Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry – Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy Management, University of Waterloo
  • Dr. William Anderson, PhD Geography – Chair in Cross-Border Transportation, University of Windsor
  • Dr. Douglas Cumming, PhD Economics and Finance – Chair in Economics and Cross Cultural Studies, York University

The Chairs were selected by an independent panel established by the Council of Ontario Universities. The panel was chaired by Dr. David Strangway and included Judith Maxwell, Arthur May, and Harold Shapiro, with Harry Swain serving as the Panel’s Secretary.

“These distinguished Chairs are poised to make significant contributions towards the betterment of our province,” says Dr. Paul Genest, President of the Council of Ontario Universities. “We thank the Ontario government for its continued commitment to research. They well understand its impact on the social and economic wellbeing of our province.”


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Ontario Research Chairs in Public Policy

Educational achievement and at risk students: Dr. Scott Davies, PhD Sociology, is the Chair in Educational Achievement and At Risk Students at McMaster University. A leading educational sociologist, Dr. Davies has been appointed to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, and participates in the education programs in both the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Health, working collaboratively with a number of programs. Dr. Davies has pursued a vigorous research program in the sociology of education and is well positioned to inform educational policy in areas such as change and equity in education.

Bioethics: Dr. Udo Schuklenk, PhD in Philosophy/Bioethics, is the Chair in Bioethics at Queen’s University. Recruited from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, Dr. Schuklenk works in the Philosophy Department. He is a world leader in Bioethics and as Chair, Dr. Schuklenk will further develop the scholarship on medical resources, multiculturalism and health care, and the social impacts of medical research. Dr. Schuklenk will work collaboratively with many faculty members, researchers and departments and add his voice to the Institute of Population and Public Health.

Health policy and system design: Dr. Anthony Culyer, PhD Economics, is the Chair in Health Policy and System Design at the University of Toronto. Recruited from the University of York in the UK, Dr. Culyer has extensive consulting experience with governments in Canada and the U.K. He works in the Department of Health Policy, Evaluation and Measurement within the Faculty of Medicine and with the School of Public Policy and Governance. He serves on numerous boards including the Research Advisory Council of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, which he chairs, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Career Scientist Relevance Review Panel, Citizens’ Council Advisory Committee, and Health Research Advisory Council.

Biomarkers in disease management: Dr. Andrew Emili, PhD Molecular Biology, is the Chair in Biomarkers in Disease Management at the University of Toronto. A recognized leader in the proteomics field, Dr. Emili will continue to work in the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research within the Faculty of Medicine. This cutting-edge research centre brings together investigators from different faculties to encourage new ways of approaching biological problems by stimulating unconventional interactions among disciplines. Dr. Emili’s laboratory features advanced training opportunities in technology development, proteomics screening, biomarker evaluations, genetics, molecular biology and computational biology.

Postsecondary education policy and measurement: Dr. Glen Jones, PhD Higher Education, is the Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement at the University of Toronto and will work within the Higher Education graduate program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Dr. Jones has an international reputation in Canadian and Ontarian higher education policy, including research focusing on policy, structure and organization of provincial higher education and the unique nature of the Canadian federal structure on higher education policy. He is currently the Associate Dean at OISE.

Environmental policy and renewable energy: Dr. Jatin Nathwani, PhD Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, is the Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy Management at the University of Waterloo. He is jointly appointed to the Faculties of Engineering and Environment and is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy. The Institute brings interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise to bear on shaping directions for future energy development and managing environmental policy issues in Ontario with a view to developing and facilitating rapid integration of renewable energy into the energy supply mix.

Urban policy – transportation: Dr. William P. Anderson, PhD Geography, is the Chair in Cross-Border Transportation at the University of Windsor. Recruited from Boston University, Dr. Anderson is an international transportation expert, who has a diverse research background in cross-border issues. He is the Director of a new interdisciplinary Institute of Cross-Border Transportation Studies in addition to being a Professor of Political Science. He has served as Acting Director of the Boston University Center for Transportation Studies and Director of the McMaster Institute for Energy Studies.

Economics and cross cultural studies: Dr. Douglas Cumming, PhD Economics & Finance, is the Chair in Economics and Cross Cultural Studies at York University. Recruited from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Cumming now works at the Schulich School of Business where he partners with faculty members, students, business leaders and policy makers in a variety of disciplines to determine how to adapt and implement promising new policies to address structural issues in Ontario’s economy, including policies that promote or inhibit competitiveness.