The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program awards universities up to $10 million over seven years to support world renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. The U of M has been successful in recruiting two such chairs, since the programs beginnings. They are:
Dr. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, CERC in Arctic Sea Ice, Freshwater-Marine Coupling and Climate Change, Professor, Centre for Earth Observation Sciences, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources; and Professor, Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.
Dr. Søren Rysgaard, Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate (he held the CERC in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change from 2010 to 2018), Professor, Geological Sciences, Centre for Earth Observation Sciences, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources; and the Greenland Climate Research Centre.
The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program was launched in 2017 to enhance Canada's reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It provides Canadian institutions with a one-time investment to attract top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers to Canada.
Dr. Julienne Stroeve, Canada 150 Research Chair in Climate Sea Ice Coupling, Professor, Centre for Earth Observation Science, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources; and Professor, Polar Observation and Modelling, University College London.