Karen Chad is the Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan and is also a faculty member in the College of Kinesiology.

Role of the Vice-President Research

  • Developing strategies, programs, services and supports to enhance the research, scholarly and artistic environment
  • Celebrating and promoting research, scholarly and artistic achievements and capabilities in provincial, national, and international arenas
  • Fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer
  • Forging inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations and research partnerships
  • Oversight of the management of the research enterprise, including policy development, processes and administration:
    • Research Services and Ethics Office
    • Research Profile and Impact Unit
    • Innovation Enterprise Unit
    • Strategic Research Initiatives Unit
    • International Office
    • Joint oversight with VPA-Provost: CRCs, international

Biography

With bachelor degrees in both physical education and education from U of S, a master's in physiology from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia, Karen is a prolific researcher holding several research grants and contracts and has supervised numerous graduate students. Recognized as one of the top 100 of Canada's Most Powerful Women, she has also received the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Health and Education) award and was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. In addition, Karen has earned five teaching awards including the U of S Master Teacher Award.

Karen sits on a number of national boards and has chaired or overseen more than 100 key boards, committees, research programs and teams. Honours include an international award for Innovation in Research, the National Leadership Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and was identified as a Woman of Influence by Saskatchewan Business Magazine.

Working with partners and building on the University of Saskatchewan’s renowned history of discovery and innovation spanning more than a century, Karen aims to enhance globally important research with local impacts under the banner of U of S "Discoveries with Impact," addressing issues of importance to communities, industries and government and making a difference for Saskatchewan, Canada, and the world.

For more information, please visit Research.USask.ca and the Office of the Vice President Research website.

Contact

For meeting, speaking or general scheduling requests, and general information or questions contact Alice Der.

Office team

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Portfolio

Associate Vice-President Research (AVPR)

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The AVPR promotes and ensures high standards of research, scholarly and artistic work at USask. The AVPR leads a broad portfolio including:

  • Leadership for strategic initiatives to foster and enhance research success at USask, including its academic units, research centres and institutes.
  • Provision of support aimed at fostering new research programs and forging inter-disciplinary and inter-agency research partnerships.
  • Oversight of the university’s Canada Research Chairs program and university research programs and federal funding programs e.g., (CFI, NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR).
  • Oversight for inter-college research centers and institutes and leadership as VPR designate for capital projects for which the VPR is Executive Sponsor.

Associate Vice-President Research (AVPR)

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The AVPR promotes and ensures high standards of research, scholarly and artistic work at USask. The AVPR leads a broad portfolio that includes:

  • Leadership for strategic initiatives to foster and enhance research success at USask, including its academic units, research centres and institutes.
  • Provision of support aimed at fostering new research programs and forging inter-disciplinary and inter-agency research partnerships.
  • Oversight of the International Research and Partnerships Office.

Research Services and Ethics Office

The Research Services and Ethics Office (RSEO) provides administrative support for the research enterprise which is extensive, highly specialized, and diverse. RSEO works to ensure that faculty, staff, students, visitors and postdoctoral fellows embark upon and execute their research and partnership activities to the highest operational, financial, legal, ethical and safety standards. The office makes sure the institution develops and executes policies that ensure compliance to regulations set by external agencies and stakeholders, and that it leads in demonstrating the best practices of research administration.

To learn more, please visit research.usask.ca or contact us.

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Innovation Enterprise

Innovation Enterprise realizes research impact through translation, for public use and benefit, of new knowledge, technologies and related intellectual properties created at the university. This is done by technology value-enhancement and commercialization, including accelerating start-up businesses, expanding private-sector engagements, facilitating multi-institutional partnerships (locally, nationally and internationally), supporting development of an entrepreneurial culture in the university, and improving the technology-development and commercialization ecosystem of our region.

To learn more, please visit the Innovation Enterprise webpage or contact us.

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International Office

The International Office provides administrative support for international relations, international partnerships and the effective co-ordination of U of S international activities. The office also works with researchers to develop international research collaborations, identify international research opportunities and provides support for project development.

To learn more, please visit research.usask.ca or contact us.

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Strategic Research Initiatives

The Strategic Research Initiatives unit provides programs and services to faculty in incubating and developing large-scale, multi-disciplinary proposals and initiatives, including submissions to the National Centres of Excellence, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Excellence and Canada Research Chairs, strategic Tri-Agency programs and other national programs. This office also brings together co-ordination of research facilitation across all academic units, and support for research chairs, awards facilitation and undergraduate research. 

To learn more, please visit research.usask.ca or contact us.

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Research Profile and Impact

The Research Profile and Impact unit tells the university’s research story to the world – through strategic communications initiatives involving print, video, web, social media, advertisements, speeches, op eds, and events. This builds our reputation as a U15 institution for excellence in our research, scholarly and artistic work which helps attract top faculty and students, public and private investment, and support from alumni and partners. 

The unit serves as the university’s liaison with federal and provincial research granting agencies, ensuring compliance with communications requirements and leading high-profile events to showcase our research funding successes. Working in close co-ordination with University Relations and a network of U of S college and research centre communicators, the unit helps faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and student researchers tell their research stories, whether in print, web or video.  The unit is the lead for the university’s participation in the national digital news service The Conversation Canada.  

To learn more, please visit research.usask.ca or contact us.

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Presentations and reports

Major announcements

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