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.
With a PhD 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, Dr. Chad enhances globally important research under the banner of “discovery with impact”; bringing its expertise on issues of importance to communities and to society.