NEWS & EVENTS | August 18, 2020


A Second Mandate for USB's Canada Research Chair

Professor Yves Frenette

Professor Yves Frenette, Chair for a second, seven-year term. 

Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) congratulates Professor Yves Frenette, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Migration, Circulations and Francophone Communities, on the renewal of the Chair for a second, seven-year term from 2020 to 2027. The prestigious Canada Research Chairs Program announced its decision on August 19, following a rigorous quality assessment of the research conducted during the Chair’s first term (2013-20), and after evaluating the scientific merit of Yves Frenette’s proposed second-term research program.

Over the next seven years, the Chair will continue bringing together Canadian and international teams under a cutting-edge research program aimed at increasing and deepening our understanding of the migrations, cultural transfer and migration stories of North American Francophones. The program will use quantitative and qualitative methods, while combining macro- and micro-social perspectives.

“The Chair’s renewal will boost my ongoing efforts to connect international research teams and community partners to examine the impact of migration on the collective and personal experiences of Francophones in North America,” said Chairholder Yves Frenette. “French-speaking Manitoba offers a good example of this phenomenon, which is why several towns and villages founded amid waves of Francophone migration, such as Saint-Boniface, Saint-Norbert, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes and Saint-Claude, will be included in the Chair’s program.”

The Chair will also contribute to current discussions on issues related to diversity. To reach a wider audience and to raise awareness of migration’s central role in the history and development of Francophone communities, the Chair and its research teams will share their findings using innovative virtual media, in addition to conventional channels of dissemination.

“By renewing our Chair, the Canada Research Chairs Program has once again recognized the quality of Yves Frenette’s research and his ability to bring together high-calibre teams in exploring Francophone migration in North America,” said Peter Dorrington, Vice-President, Academic and Research. “Last year, Yves Frenette obtained a $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to extend his project, “Trois siècles de migrations francophones en Amérique du Nord (1640-1940)”(Three centuries of Francophone migration in North America (1640–1940)), until 2026, which he is carrying out with an international team of approximately 25 co-researchers and numerous community partners. With this second mandate, we can look forward to important findings that will no doubt prove valuable to researchers and Francophone communities across North America.”

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