Karen R. Grant is a sociologist whose teaching and research have focused on women’s health and health policy, gender, and the research ecosystem in Canada (specifically, the Canada Research Chairs Program). She has first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing researchers and universities, through her 32 years working in the postsecondary sector.
Grant served in senior administrative roles from 1995 until 2012 at the University of Manitoba, as associate dean, Research, in the Faculty of Arts, and as vice-provost, Academic Affairs. From 2012 until 2016, she served at Mount Allison University, where she held the position of provost and vice-president, Academic and Research.
Grant brings extensive experience in governance and faculty development. She previously served on SSHRC’s governing council from 2003 until 2008. She has also served on a number of local, regional, and national committees and boards, including Health Canada’s Science Advisory Board, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadiana.org, the Alliance of Canadian Comprehensive Research Universities, and Winnipeg’s Women's Health Clinic and Riverview Health Centre.