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Research Chairs

Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)

Canada Excellence Research Chairs are awarded only to exceptional scholars in Canada. With support of the CERC program, these faculty members are awarded considerable support to establish ambitious research programs.

Philippe Van CappellenPhilippe Van Cappellen

CRC in Ecohydrology 

Canada Research Chairs (CRC)

Canada Research Chairs, funded through the federal government, are awarded only to the top researchers in Canada. With support of the CRC program, these faculty members are allowed to test the frontiers of new water science and policy.

david blowesDavid Blowes

CRC in Groundwater Remediation

Janusz PawliszynJanusz Pawliszyn 

CRC in New Analytical Methods and Technologies


Zhongwei ChenZhongwei Chen

CRC in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy

Carolyn RenCarolyn Ren

CRC in Droplet Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip Technology


James CraigJames Craig

CRC in Hydrologic Modelling and Analysis

mark servosMark Servos

CRC in Water Quality Protection 


brian dixonBrian Dixon

CRC in Fish and Environmental Immunology 

Maria StrackMaria Strack

CRC in Ecosystem and Climate   


christine dowChristine Dow

CRC in Glacier Hydrology and Ice Dynamics

alexander wongAlexander Wong

CRC in Medical Imaging Systems


Frank GuFrank Gu

CRC in Nanotechnology Engineering 

JOhn YeowJohn Yeow

CRC in Micro and nanodevices


laura hugLaura Hug

CRC in Environmental Microbiology


Industrial Research Chairs (IRC)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chairs are awarded to researchers with strong links to business and industry, and are supported directly by industrial partners. These IRCs are working to disseminate and commercialize cutting-edge water science and technology developed here at the university.commercialize cutting-edge water science and technology developed here at the university.

Peter HuckPeter Huck 

IRC in Water Treatment

Janusz PawliszynJanusz Pawliszyn 

IRC in New Analytical Methods and Technologies


University Research Chairs (URC)

The University of Waterloo recognizes exceptional achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge through the designation "University Research Chair" — a title which may be held for up to seven years.

Pu ChenPu Chen

URC in Nano-Biomaterials 

daniel scottDaniel Scott

URC in Global Change and Tourism


Claude DuguayClaude Duguay

URC in Cyrosphere and Hydrosphere from Space

Heidi SwansonHeidi Swanson

URC in Freshwater Ecology


Xiang FengXianshe Feng

URC in Membrane Science and Technology

Michael TamMichael Tam

URC in Functional Colloids and Nanomatierals 


Shesha JayaramShesha Jayaram

URC in High Voltage Engineering 


Centre for Governance and Innovation Research Chairs

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an international think tank based in Waterloo, designed to address international governance challenges through world-class research. CIGI funds research chairs at the University of Waterloo as part of its mandate, and supports researchers working on global water policy issues.

Thomas Homer-DixonThomas Homer-Dixon 

CIGI Chair of Global Systems