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Canada Research Chairs

In 2000, the Canada Research Chairs Program was launched by the Government of Canada to promote leading-edge research and innovation in Canadian universities and to attract and retain the world’s best researchers. Mount Saint Vincent University was awarded four Canada Research Chairs. 

The Mount's Strategic Research Plan for the Canada Research Chairs Program provides an overview of the main research directions of Mount Saint Vincent University. The goal of all Canada Research Chairs is to advance the frontiers of knowledge within their fields, not only through their own research, but also by coordinating research efforts of other researchers within their discipline. Mount Saint Vincent University currently has four Canada Research Chairs.


Dr. Zachary Zimmer, Professor - Family Studies and Gerontology

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Aging and Community

Dr. Zachary Zimmer began a CRC in Global Aging and Community in 2016. In his career, he has taught courses in demography, aging, health policy, research methods, and statistics.

Dr. Zimmer’s research focuses on global issues in health and general well-being of older persons, studied from a demographic perspective.  Much of his work has taken place in East and Southeast Asia where population aging and socioeconomic change has been swift and where older adults face many obstacles related to the changing nature of their social environment. Learn more about Dr. Zimmer's research here.


Maya Eichler

Dr. Maya Eichler, Assistant Professor - Political Studies and Women's Studies

Tier II Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement

Dr. Eichler is a Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement, and Assistant Professor in Political Studies and Women’s Studies at the Mount.

She completed her Ph.D. at York University and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Toronto. Her academic interests include feminist international relations theory, gender and armed forces, veterans and military families, and security privatization. Learn more about Dr. Eichler's research here.


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Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac - Assistant Professor -  Faculty of Education and Department of Child and Youth Study

Tier II Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions

Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac is an Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions with the Faculty of Education and Department of Child and Youth Study at Mount Saint Vincent University.

She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Research Scholar with the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University. She holds a PhD in Public Health and an MSc in Health Promotion, both from the University of Alberta, and a BSc in Kinesiology from Dalhousie.

The goal of her program of research is to enhance well-being during early childhood by ensuring policy and practice supports families as they transition across early learning environments. McIsaac studies early childhood and educational policy initiatives using an engaged scholarship approach to co-produce research that mobilizes knowledge and experiences for and with marginalised families. She works collaboratively with researchers, community, policy makers and research participants to inform policy and program design and decision-making. Learn more about Dr. McIsaac's research here.