Equity, diversity and inclusion in research 

ÉTS welcomes all competent individuals who wish to innovate and contribute to the advancement of applied research in engineering. As such, ÉTS is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all of its research activities.

The ÉTS commitment

In keeping with its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan (Plan stratégique 2016-2019 – in French), ÉTS is committed to becoming an incubator for globally recognized research networks and niches. This requires focusing on recruiting high-level candidates who have the potential to innovate and contribute to the growth of research projects. Creativity and research excellence are the primary qualities of the ÉTS faculty, which is why ÉTS welcomes anyone who is committed to innovation into its academic activities, and is committed to promoting equity, diversify and inclusion (EDI) in all of its research activities. 

ÉTS also wishes to actively contribute to achieving the EDI program objectives (PDF) adopted by the Canada Research Chairs (CRC), and has established targets for the reduction of under-representation in accordance with the Secretariat’s proposed objectives for small institutions that have been awarded ten chairs or less. 

The current situation 

The current targets with regards to underepresented groups among holders of Canada Research Chairs at ÉTS is presented below. These data were obtained using the calculation tool provided by the CRC Secretariat. 


For reasons related to confidentiality, no nominal data is displayed on this page. For more information concerning the active Canada Research Chairs at ÉTS, please consult the Research Chairs page.  You can also refer to the Chair allocation table.

Canada Research Chairs by granting organization / number of active Chairs

  • NSERC: 9
  • CIHR: 0
  • SSHRC: 0
  • Total: 9

Chair holders who are members of targeted groups / Number of active Chairs


  • Target: 21%

Visible minorities 

  • Target: 15%

Persons with disabilities

  • Target: 4%

Aboriginal persons 

  • Target: 1%


The ÉTS Faculty Affairs, Research and Partnerships Directorate (DAPRP), which is responsible for EDI, has formed two committees made up of representatives of the faculty, administration and support staff. The members of these committees meet on a regular basis to establish an institutional vision that is harmonious with EDI, and to propose actions aimed at increasing awareness among ÉTS personnel with respect to these issues. 

Select EDI Committee

The Select Committee is responsible for operations arising from the Action Plan. It meets on a monthly basis to ensure that ÉTS attains the objectives established by the CRC Secretariat. This Committee comprises five members representing the targeted groups.

Expanded EDI Committee

The Expanded Committee holds two official meetings per year, for the purpose of monitoring the progress achieved at ÉTS in the area of EDI, and to approve any measures that are introduced, including the Action Plan.

The Expanded Committee deliberates on any problems reported by the Equity Officer pursuant to complaints or cases involving litigation. This Committee comprises nine members, the majority of whom must belong to the targeted groups.

Each year, the Director of Faculty Affairs, Research and Partnerships presents the progress report and the Action Plan, once they have been approved by the Expanded EDI Committee, to the ÉTS governing bodies, particularly including the Management Committee and the Board of Directors. 

The ÉTS Faculty Affairs Office (BAP) is responsible for implementing the Action Plan and ensuring the necessary follow-up. The Equity Officer, who reports to the BAP, acts as resource person for the EDI Committees and for any stakeholders who are affected by the proposed measures. The Equity Officer may also respond to questions from the academic community and the public, as required. 

Selection of Canada Research Chair holders

In evaluating applications for Canada Research Chairs, ÉTS ensures that EDI principles are respected throughout the recruitment process and in the selection of Chair holders. Toward this end, the team responsible for recruitment takes the following steps:

  • Launch a call for applications that is open to anyone, accompanied by a declaration of the commitment to equity within the context of the application and nomination processes;
  • Encourage the participation of members from targeted groups.

The Equity Officer acts as observer during every step in the recruitment process.

Recruitment process in the selection of Chair holders (In French)


The Director of Faculty Affairs, Research and Partnerships represents ÉTS and is responsible for ensuring that the hiring process is conducted in accordance with EDI standards, as established by the Secretariat.

In evaluating applications, ÉTS also considers specific criteria (in French, PDF) and objectives related to the needs of each department, with a view to upholding the level of excellence in teaching and research.

Current Postings 2019 (internal and external)

Canada Research Chairs - Tier 2.

Archived Postings (internal and external)


Only one opening was published in 2018 to recruit a Level 2 Canada Research Chair. Please consult the 2018 CRC Position Posting  (PDF).


One opening was published in 2017: 2017 CRC Position Posting (PDF).

Action Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research Activities at ÉTS

2018 EDI highlights at ÉTS

  • The ÉTS Effect was launched in March, with a view to making ÉTS the preferred school for women in engineering, reflecting its commitment to increasing the representation of female students to 30% by 2030. This objective is in keeping with the 30 by 30 initiative adopted by Engineers Canada, of which ÉTS is a member.
  • In the summer of 2018, ÉTS entered into partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), a non-profit organization that guides companies through the process of diversifying their personnel. The expertise offered by the CCDI will help ÉTS to achieve its EDI objectives. 
  • The first working session of the Réseau interuniversitaire en équité, diversité et inclusion (inter-university network for equity, diversity and inclusion) was held at ÉTS on November 21, 2018. The objective of this initiative, which was spearheaded by personnel from ÉTS and École Polytechnique de Montréal, is to create a community of practice at Québec universities for professionals who are responsible for EDI files and for human resources professionals. 
  • A Select EDI Committee was created in order to increase flexibility at ÉTS in terms of implementing operations. As a result of the more frequent meetings and the solid commitment of its members, the Select Committee ensures proper monitoring and continued progress in this area.
  • The scope of actions related to EDI was extended. ÉTS plans to expend considerable effort to include all groups that are represented on its campus in its subsequent action plan. As such, professors, research personnel and students will be targeted in the 2019 Action Plan. The members of the EDI Committees will continue to seek out and apply best practices in order to ensure that ÉTS provides a harmonious and respectful environment. 

For more information

Please consult the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (Plan d’action en ÉDI – in French, PDF) for more information concerning initiatives related to research activities. 

Each year, the Expanded EDI Committee submits a report of the progress made in this area to the Director General and the Board of Directors.

You can forward your comments or questions to 
Mrs. Liliana Guedez,
Faculty Affairs Officer

For more details about the EDI complaint process click here.