Charmaine Dean

Charmaine Dean is vice-president, research and international at the University of Waterloo.



Charmaine Dean (Ph.D., University of Waterloo) is vice-president, research and international at the University of Waterloo. In this role, she provides strategic leadership in the areas of research and innovation, commercialization and internationalization. She is also responsible for building strategic alliances and partnerships with other academic institutions, governments, businesses, and industries at the regional, national, federal and international levels.

Several key collaboration portfolios are managed by her office, including the university-level centres and institutes and several major industrial partnerships spanning various units in the university. She has drawn a focus to ethics and social impact related to technology developments through various initiatives and is a key driver for equity and diversity in the context of research and internationalization.

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, she served as the dean of science at Western University from 2011 to 2017. She also played a major role in establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, as the associate dean of that faculty, and was the founding chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.

She has led several other organizations (for example, the Statistical Society of Canada), has served on others (for example, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), and received numerous awards for her work (for example, the CRM-SSC prize, FAAAS, FASA and FIMS).