Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research

Any competent person who wants to innovate and contribute to the growth of ÉTS research projects is welcome. To this end, ÉTS undertakes to promote equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all its research activities.

ÉTS’s Commitment

In keeping with its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, ÉTS is committed to becoming an incubator for globally recognized research networks and niches. These objectives require focusing on recruiting high-level candidates with the potential to innovate and contribute to the growth of research projects. Creativity and research excellence being primary qualities of its faculty, ÉTS wishes to include in its academic activities anyone who is committed to innovation, and commits to promoting equity, diversify and inclusion (EDI) in all its research activities.

The Strategic Approach

ÉTS’s Direction des affaires professorales, de la recherche et de partenariats (the division of faculty affairs, research and partnerships or DAPRP), responsible for the EDI file, has set up an EDI Committee that comprises faculty representatives and support staff. This Committee will meet periodically for the purpose of establishing an institutional vision of EDI and proposing actions aimed at increasing awareness of these issues at ÉTS. Among other things, the Committee will develop an action plan for research activities as a result of consultations with the ÉTS community. Faculty will be consulted during the first phase of the process. A second consultation phase will involve other members of the university community, including student researchers.

ÉTS wishes to equip itself with living, evolving and innovative instruments. Maintaining continuous contact with stakeholders from all the various departments will be a priority, and will enable the EDI Committee to obtain feedback throughout the process of plan development.

Governance

The DAPRP is the unit responsible for the creation and implementation of the action plan. It is committed to promoting other measures for reducing the under-representation of targeted groups (women, aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and disabled persons) as identified by the Canada Research Chairs Secretariat. 

ÉTS wishes to actively contribute to achieving the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program objectives (external Website) in terms of EDI, and will consequently establish targets for the reduction of under-representation in accordance with the proposed objectives of the Secretariat. The objectives involved are those proposed for small institutions that have been awarded ten chairs or less. 

For more information on Canada Research Chairs active at ÉTS, please consult the Research Chairs page.

The Director of the DAPRP will be asked to present the draft action plan to other ÉTS bodies, including the Comité de direction (Executive Committee) and the Commission des études (Senate). All the feedback gathered during this consultation process will then be integrated to produce an official action plan.

The creation of the EDI Action Plan will be followed by the implementation of priority actions. The ÉTS Bureau des affaires professorales (the Faculty Affairs Office or BAP) will be responsible for implementing the plan and conducting the necessary follow-up. An Equity Officer has been appointed within the BAP. This person will act as a resource for the EDI Committee and for all stakeholders concerned with the proposed measures. The Equity Officer will also act as a resource person for addressing EDI-related questions from the academic community and the public.

The Framework Policy

ÉTS will comply with its Framework Policy on Research Chairs (in French, PDF). Specifically, in the evaluation of application files, ÉTS complies with the principles and preventive measures that are part of its current hiring methods for professors in tenure-track positions, and offers the following benefits:

  • Calls for applications, open to anyone, will be accompanied by a declaration of commitment to equity as part of the application and nomination processes;
  • The participation of members from designated groups will be encouraged.

A new procedure for hiring professors is being developed, and will be adopted in the coming months. This procedure will incorporate operating principles that mitigate the impact of involuntary prejudice on the hiring of professors, and will ensure that members of selection committees receive training related to these issues.

The Director of the DAPRP is the representative responsible for ensuring that the hiring process is conducted in accordance with EDI standards.

The Recruitment Process

An invitation to apply addressed to people in the targeted groups is always included in the postings displayed in all categories of employment.

The selection committee for the latest posting comprised five members. Two of its members identified themselves as belonging to the group women and one of these women identified herself as being part of the visible minorities group.

ÉTS also uses very specific and objective criteria (in French, PDF), the aim of which is excellence in education and research, to ensure that assessment of the candidates meets the needs of departments.

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

A first-phase consultation with professors has allowed the EDI Committee to produce a first draft of the EDI Action Plan. This action plan (in French, PDF) will evolve over time. It lists actions that are designed to ensure a transparent process for the recruitment of faculty and holders of Canada Research Chairs. Awareness-raising and information actions within the academic community are also included.

Contact

For any question or to submit a comment about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in ÉTS research activities, please contact the research officer. She will forward any EDI-related issue to the Director of Faculty Affairs, Research and Partnerships for discussion by the EDI Committee.

The EDI Committee will report to the Director General once a year on progress made in EDI.