CIFAR – Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions. By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government, and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 20 Nobel laureates and 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy. CIFAR has had a significant impact on the way the world understands such critical issues as early child and brain development, artificial intelligence, building stronger societies, and many others. Our impact comes both from our long-term commitment to leading-edge research and our efforts to connect stakeholders with the knowledge our programs produce. 

CIFAR is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. CIFAR recognizes that bringing together individuals from multiple backgrounds, perspectives and experiences is integral to advancing excellence and increasing the impact of its organization. Ensuring that every person feels valued and welcome is vital to achieving its mission, and embodies its values of diversity, excellence, respect and collaboration. 

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, CIFAR is seeking a Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The inaugural Director, EDI will manage and execute CIFAR’s Board approved EDI action plan, lead activities, and provide guidance and support across the organization on all EDI issues. The Director will work with the Chief Operating Officer and the Board’s Governance Committee to update and enhance the Board recruitment strategy and enhance the skills matrix to ensure a diverse and inclusive Board and culture. The Director will also create ongoing opportunities for training and education in EDI across the organization, including for staff, senior leadership, the Board, CIFAR’s Research Council and community of fellows. This role will work in a highly collaborative environment with others leading EDI efforts across CIFAR to align efforts, share programs, and ensure measurement systems are in place to assess progress.  

The ideal candidate is an EDI leader with proven experience building EDI strategies and programs in a complex and sophisticated organization, experience from within an academic or research organization would be considered an asset. Candidates must have evidence of success in working across an institution with multiple complex stakeholders and in the development, implementation and management of EDI education programs. Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree, and a Masters level degree would be preferred. French-English bilingualism and international experience are also considered assets. Strong communication skills, and the ability to build strong partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders are also required.  

One of CIFAR’s core cultural values is Diversity – we value diversity and aspire to be inclusive in all aspects of our work.  CIFAR is an equal employment opportunity employer and is strongly committed to removing systemic barriers and biases, and by promoting the practice of inclusivity, so that all individuals have equal access to and benefit from the work we do.  We encourage applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to diversity within our organization. 

To explore this key position at CIFAR further, please contact Anurag Shourie or Pierina Maniffi-Stokes at

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

CIFAR is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Leaders International and CIFAR throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. 

CIFAR frequently communicates in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French where possible.  Other languages are also considered an asset. For a French version of the job posting, please visit 


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