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 2019-2022 Strategic Plan (Plan stratégique 2019-2022 – 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 2020 (internal and external)

No positions currently open

Archived Postings (internal and external)


Only one opening was published in 2019 to recruit one Tier 1 Canada Research Chair holders. Please consult the 2019 CRC Position Posting (PDF). 

Only one opening was published in 2019 to recruit three Tier 2 Canada Research Chair holders. Please consult the 2019 CRC Position Posting (PDF).


Only one opening was published in 2018 to recruit a Tier 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

2019 EDI highlights at ÉTS


  • In collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), a partner of ÉTS since 2018, we consulted widely with all of our staff to better understand their demographic representation and individual experience with respect to a sense of inclusion. The results of this survey were presented not only to the School's senior management, but also to several individuals in key EDI positions. The survey results will also be made available to all employees in the fall of 2019.
  • ÉTS hosted the first meeting of the Groupe de travail en équité, diversité et inclusion of Quebec Universities. This initiative undertaken by ÉTS was in response to the urgent need for universities to share following the release of the results of the latest evaluation of action plans provided by the Canada Research Chairs (CRC).
  • The majority of ÉTS CRC holders were interviewed one-on-one by our Equity Officer to better understand their personal experiences as holders, and to identify potential barriers (systemic barriers) in the hiring process, in the support provided to them and in the factors that may influence their work climate.
  • As of October 4, 2019, mandatory training on unconscious bias will be offered to ÉTS managers and all teachers. This 3-hours training will be offered in small groups of 15 people to maximize exchanges. A faculty affairs advisor will be present at these sessions to provide real-time feedback.
  • Consultation with CRC holders will be extended by the end of 2019 to all postdoctoral fellows, research staff and students at ÉTS. The goals of these consultations will be not only to take a pulse of the current EDI situation, but also to listen to each other's individual experiences. Different formats will be used for these consultations given the number of people in each of these groups.
  • A campaign to raise awareness and promote ÉTS's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion will be launched in October 2019. The Director General, François Gagnon, will be the spokesperson for this campaign.
  • The equity, diversity and inclusion complaint process was reviewed and significantly improved in September 2019. The collaboration of the ÉTS General Secretariat made it possible to ensure the legal compliance of the work in this direction.
  • ÉTS has adhered to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's Dimensions Pilot Program Charter to confirm its desire to contribute to a profound change in organizational culture. With this commitment, ÉTS is committed to implementing policies and practices based on EDI principles. In addition, ÉTS becomes one of the institutions affiliated with the pilot program after writing a letter of intent and is now part of a community of practice in EDI that will be launched soon.
  • ÉTS continues to participate in the Réseau interuniversitaire québecois en équité, diversité et inclusion (RIQEDI).
  • The Université du Québec office, to which ÉTS is affiliated, is creating an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office.
  • Since the beginning of its EDI process, ÉTS has placed great importance on the inclusion of members of the LGBTQ2+ community in addition to the under-represented groups targeted by CRC. Other aspects of diversity are also taken into account, such as data collection in the spring of 2019; data on staff newly arrived in Canada with international degrees were considered.
  • Our revised 2019 action plan now includes strategies that take into account the concepts of intersectionality. Specific action measures for members of each of the under-represented groups will be proposed in order to best address the distinct barriers faced by women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal people.

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. Alexandra Cyr,
Faculty Affairs Officer

For more details about the EDI complaint process click here. (PDF in French)