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About the Vice-President, Research and International
Dr. Charmaine B. Dean (Ph.D., University of Waterloo) is Vice-President, Research and International at the University of Waterloo. In this role, she provides leadership in the areas of research and innovation, commercialization, and internationalization. She is also responsible for building strategic alliances and partnerships with other academic institutions, governments, businesses, and industries at the domestic and international levels.
Several key portfolios are managed by her office, including the university-level Centres and Institutes and several major industrial partnerships spanning various units in the university. She has drawn a focus to ethics and social impact related to technology developments through various initiatives and is a key driver for equity and diversity in the context of research and internationalization.
Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Dr. Dean served as the Dean of Science at Western University from 2011 to 2017. She also played a major role in establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, as the Associate Dean of that Faculty, and was the founding Chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Dean has led several other organizations (e.g., Statistical Society of Canada), has served on others (e.g., Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), and received numerous awards for her work (e.g., the CRM-SSC prize, FAAAS, FASA, FIMS).
I would like to pay my respects to the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples, as the University of Waterloo campuses and much of our community sit on their traditional territories. I acknowledge that the University of Waterloo occupies land on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes 6 miles on each side of the Grand River. I also acknowledge and recognize this area is now home to many diverse First Nation, Inuit, and Métis groups.
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