Dr. Karen Chad is the Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and has served in this role since January 2010. She is also a faculty member in the USask’s College of Kinesiology.
She has received numerous awards for her research leadership, including the YWCA Woman of Influence Award, the International Award for Innovation in Research, the National Leadership Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the “Woman of Influence” Business Award, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, and “Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100” Award.
Dr. Karen Chad serves on a number of national boards and has chaired or overseen more than 100 key boards, committees, research programs, and teams. She is highly regarded for several competencies, including business and partnership development, governance, strategic planning, and innovative organizational structures.
As the Vice-President Research, Karen oversees the university’s research enterprise and international activities, playing a key role in advocating and advancing innovation across provincial, national and international innovation ecosystems. Karen is a firm advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion, and works to enhance globally important research and innovation under the banner of “discovery the world needs”; bringing expertise on issues of importance to communities and to society.