Karen Chad

VP Research, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Karen Chad is the Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and is also a faculty member in the U of S College of Kinesiology.

As the Vice-President Research, Karen plays a strategic leadership role in enhancing the university’s capacity for research, scholarly and artistic work; strengthening its performance; and promoting the transfer of knowledge for the benefit of communities.   She has played a key role in creating a number of prominent research centres, attracting outstanding faculty; enhancing a culture of research excellence, establishing the University as a major presence in graduate education; and recruiting a diverse and academically promising body of students.

With a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr. Chad is a prolific researcher in health promotion and physiology.  Karen holds several research grants and contracts and has supervised numerous graduate students.  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, and Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.  Karen is also an exceptional teacher earning five teaching awards, including the U of S Master Teacher Award.

Dr. Chad sits on a number of national and international boards and has chaired or overseen hundreds of boards, committees, research programs, and teams.  She is highly regarded for her strong competencies in partnership development, governance, strategic planning, and innovative organizational structures.

Building on the University of Saskatchewan’s renowned history of discovery and innovation spanning more than a century, Karen’s mantra of “discovery with impact” has given the university a global reputation for bringing its expertise on issues of importance to communities and to society, where differences can be made.