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Ontario Research Chairs

Ontario Research Chairs are prestigious Ontario university research professorships, created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research and to enhance Ontario’s competitiveness in Canada’s knowledge-based economy.

McMaster's Ontario Research Chairs


Chair in Educational Achievement and At-Risk Youth

Dr. Karen Robson works together with the Toronto District School Board to look at issues around the transition of high school students to postsecondary education in Ontario. She leads a large research team, which includes members in Chicago, New York City, London, Vancouver, and Toronto. With a strong commitment to longitudinal and comparative research, Dr. Robson examines the educational pathways of young people in major cities around the world, using policy contexts to understand major differences in where young people end up after high school. 

Chair in Health Human Resources

Dr. Arthur Sweetman, a leading researcher in health and labour economics, was named in February 2010 as the new Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources at McMaster University. Specializing in health and labour economics, Dr. Sweetman focuses on issues in health human resources in Ontario, including the shortage in doctors, health budgets, and the number of medical radiation technologists and pharmacists needed in the province.

Throughout his extensive academic career, Dr. Sweetman has demonstrated leadership in research, teaching, and bridging academia and policy-making. His extensive research in immigration and education policy compliments his work in health human resources, for which work-place training and immigration are integral parts of workforce strategy.