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Promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research

The Government of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) are committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is also essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges. As such, the program is committed to the federal government’s Policies on non-discrimination and employment equity.

All institutions that accept agency funding must make concerted efforts to meet their equity and diversity targets, and provide a supportive and inclusive workplace, while complying with the CRCP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices.

To this end, HEC Montréal has developed an Action Plan to Promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research entitled “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Keys to Excellence in Research” that will address the under-representation of the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.) when allocating its Canada Research Chairs.

The supervisory committee of the Action Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research at HEC Montréal is involved at each stage of the plan’s development process and will ensure its monitoring and implementation in the coming years. This committee consists of the following members:

During the drafting of the action plan, this committee worked closely with a professor and an officer representing two of the designated groups, i.e., a woman (Caroline Aubé, Holder of the Chair in Management and Work Team Effectiveness and Full Professor (Department of Management) and a visible minority person (Bernard Bizimana, HEC Montréal Library Director). Furthermore, since there are no professors or officers in the School who voluntarily declared themselves to be either an Indigenous person or a person with disabilities, the committee requested a representative from the Human Resources Office (Geneviève Lutz, Director - Organizational Development and Quality of Life in the Workplace) to closely monitor the issues related to these two designated groups.

You may consult the Action Plan by clicking on the following link: Action Plan to Promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research at HEC Montréal developed for the Canada Research Chairs Program.


Public accountability and transparency requirements


Equity, diversity and inclusion commitment statement related to the allocation of research chairs, including Canada Research Chairs, at HEC Montréal

HEC Montréal believes that diversity is a source of wealth that should not be the subject of any compromise. This is why the School fully adheres to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Its commitment is clear: all qualified candidates have an equal opportunity to hold a School or Canada Research Chair, regardless of their gender, race, disability or ancestry.

To this end, HEC Montréal has developed ambitious strategies to create an inclusive workplace and address any disadvantages faced by designated groups within its research and knowledge transfer community.

Therefore, this action plan serves as a benchmark for all the efforts made by HEC Montréal to honour this commitment.


Strategy for raising awareness within HEC MONTRÉAL of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

The Action Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research at HEC Montréal entitled “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: The Keys to Excellence in Research” is the result of an extensive consultative process.

The development of this action plan provided an opportunity for HEC Montréal to study its current practices in the recruitment, selection and retention of its researchers, and to also identify the progress, challenges and opportunities ahead.

This state of affairs led to the development of three priorities based on hard-hitting objectives. In order to meet these objectives, HEC Montréal has developed a strategic plan consisting of a series of tangible and measurable actions. This action plan, which is much more than just a list of objectives and strategies, is consistent with HEC Montréal’s tradition of excellence and serves as a source of inspiration for the entire academic community.

Priorities anchored in HEC Montréal’s values

Relevance and Boldness: Foster a proactive and innovative research community by encouraging researchers to prioritize research that contributes to business development and the betterment of society.

Commitment: Highlight the individual and collective commitment of members of the HEC Montréal community in the business world, academia and society, so that a maximum number of people can reap the benefits of a research and knowledge transfer ecosystem that is equitable, diverse and inclusive.

Rigour and respect: Create a climate of intellectual rigour, collegiality, collaboration, integrity and respect at every level of the institution.

The actions and strategies of the action plan meet five distinct objectives
:

Objective 1: Expand the pool of qualified researchers who fully represent excellence and diversity.

Objective 2: Ensure that information and awareness resources are in place to promote and support an equitable, inclusive and diverse environment across the entire campus.

Objective 3: Meet the equity, diversity and inclusion targets as calculated by the CRCP.

Objective 4: Establish processes to address and report concerns regarding equity, diversity and inclusion.

Objective 5: Foster a climate conducive to equity, diversity and inclusion within the entire HEC Montréal community.


Governance plan for the approval of HEC Montréal’s Action plan for equity, diversity and inclusion in researcH

The creation of chairs and the selection of chairholders fall within the purview of HEC Montréal’s Chairs Committee. This committee, governed by the Policy on the Management of Chairs, is also the supervisory committee who ensures governance and follow-up of the Action Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research at HEC Montréal. This committee establishes all the processes related to research chairs in the School, and consists of:

  • the Director of the School, acting as Chairman;
  • the Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer;
  • the Director of Faculty Affairs;
  • a chairholder from the School appointed by the Assembly of Professors (renewable term of two years).

Action Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research at HEC Montréal

Action Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research at HEC Montréal entitled “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Keys to Excellence in Research”, developed for the Canada Research Chairs Program.


individuals responsible for implementing HEC Montréal’s Action Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in research who can respond to questions or concerns related to equity and diversity

Robert Gagné and Claude Laurin are in charge of responding to questions or concerns related to equity and diversity:

Robert Gagné 
Director, Research and Knowledge Transfer
Full Professor, Department of Applied Economics
robert.gagne@hec.ca
514 340-6255
 Office 3.460F 

Claude Laurin 
Director, Faculty Affairs
Full Professor, Department of Accounting Studies
claude.laurin@hec.ca
514 340-6536 
Office 5.410D


MANNER IN WHICH equity, diversity and inclusion concerns ARE received, monitored, addressed and reported to senior management at HEC Montréal

For allocation of Canada Research Chairs

Given its small number of Canada Research Chairs (CRC), HEC Montréal has easy access to data regarding its chairholders and their identity as part of a designated group. The equity targets for HEC Montréal’s Canada Research Chairs consist of allocating two chairs to women and one to a visible minority person, out of a total of seven chairs. Following the allocation of three CRC in 2018-2019, HEC Montréal has met two of these three targets, with two new chairholders from the designated groups (one woman and one visible minority person). During the renewal of the CRC, the School will aim to meet the targets required by the CRCP. 

For concerns pertaining to HEC Montréal’s community

A process for reporting and managing complaints related to equity, diversity and inclusion will be but in place in the next few months. In the meantime, the Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer has been designated to address any complaint and inform senior managment during Executive Committee meetings, which take place every two weeks.
HEC Montréal’s equity targets and gaps for each of the four designated groupS

Year / Number of CRC

Targets to reach

Total of CRC

7

Women

2 (25%)

Visible minorities

1 (11 %)

Persons with diabilities

0 (5%)

Indigenous peoples

0 (0.7%)

The equity targets for HEC Montréal’s Canada Research Chairs consist of allocating two chairs to women and one to a visible minority person, out of a total of seven chairs. Following the allocation of three CRC in 2018-2019, HEC Montréal has met two of these three targets, with two new chairholders from the designated groups (one woman and one visible minority person). During the renewal of the CRC, the School will aim to meet the targets required by the CRCP. 


Policies governing the staffing of Canada Research Chair positions at HEC Montréal

HEC Montréal has always focused specifically on challenges related to equity, diversity and inclusion, especially in the formulation of its regulations that frame research and knowledge transfer.

1. Regulations on sabbaticals, leaves and scholarships for current and future professors
The School is committed to reintegrating a professor upon his return from leave without pay (maternity or paternity leave, for example) in the same rank and in the same position, without penalties.

2. Regulations on appointments and promotions of professors.
These regulations, which govern the aggregation and tenure processes for professors, stipulate that paternity or maternity leave and leave without pay are not reflected in the service records. These provisions are in place to establish clear guidelines, but the School remains flexible in the application of the regulations in order to grant everyone fair treatment and equal access to opportunities for advancement.

3. HEC Montréal's Research and Knowledge Transfer 2015-2020 Strategic Plan
HEC Montréal has established certain guidelines to oversee research chairholders and to facilitate their integration into the workplace. HEC Montréal ensures the presence of Research Chairs (including Canada Research Chairs) in these three research areas of the strategic plan, thereby creating a stimulating framework for its chairholders.

4. HEC Montréal’s Policy on the Management of Chair
The Research and Knowledge Transfer Office ensures this policy is implemented and respected, makes sure that the decisions taken by HEC Montréal’s Chairs Committee are implemented, and is responsible for the commitments made by the School for all the chairholders. For instance, for each chair, the university budget provides scholarships for doctoral students and all chairholders have access to office space, equipment and the required administrative support.

The Policy on the Management of Chairs provides for a reduction of the teaching load for all research chairholders (paid from the funds of the Canada Research Chair, based on the professor’s salary). However, this release may not exceed two courses per year in order to allow HEC Montréal students to benefit from the expertise of its researchers. This measure greatly facilitates the integration of chairholders within the School.

The Policy on the Management of Chairs also establishes a protocol for the creation, in specific cases, of an Advisory Committee whose role is to support and advise the chairholder.

Each chair also undergoes rigorous, periodic assessments by the Chairs Committee.

By overseeing the work of the chairholders, HEC Montréal strives to create an open and transparent research environment within which a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion takes root.

5. Policy on Faculty Activities
The rules governing the HEC Montréal faculty members are outlined in this policy. These rules are based on collegiality and judgment by peers. These peer review practices are the ultimate safeguard against the gaps that undermine the moral and ethical values of the institution.

6. Quebec’s Pay Equity Act
HEC Montréal’s policy is to provide fair and equitable compensation to its employees in return for the work they perform. For this, the School’s remuneration is based on the principles of internal equity and ensures compliance with the principles of the Act. A point-factor method has been chosen for evaluating all the jobs in the School because it is neutral, analytical and systematic in nature. All jobs are therefore evaluated on 18 factors and the result of the evaluation determines the salary class of the job.


HEC Montréal’s Canada Research Chair Program utilization

Chairholder Title

Chairholder

Tier

Agency

Term Start Date

Term End Date

CRC in Distribution Management

Gilbert Laporte

1

NSERC
(special allocation)

2001-04-01

2022-03-31
(3rd term)

CRC in Risk Management

Georges Dionne 1 SSHRC 2004-01-01 2024-12-31
(3rd term)

CRC in Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Erick Delage 2 NSERC 2014-06-01 2019-05-31
(1st term)

CRC in Economics

Decio Coviello 2 SSHRC 2016-06-01 2021-05-31
(1st term)

CRC in Macro Finance

Alexandre Jeanneret 2 SSHRC 2018-04-01 2023-03-31
(1st term)

CRC in Supply Chain Analytics

Yossiri Adulyasak 2

NSERC
(special allocation)

2018-04-01

2023-03-31
(1st term)

CRC under embargo

2

SSHRC
(special allocation)

2019-01-01 2023-12-31
(1st term)

The corridor of flexibility is not being currently used, since, owing to its size, the School already has three Special Chair allocations.


Active and archived research chairholder postings at HEC Montréal

Calls for applications for a research chair


public report on the progress made in meeting HEC Montréal’s targets and objectives

Annual Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Progress Report (2018) (in French only)



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