Global Excellence Initiative

Promoting Canada’s top research talent

Launched in 2012 by former Governor General of Canada David Johnston, the Global Excellence Initiative promotes the recognition of Canadian research talent on the international stage by identifying and offering assistance to meritorious candidates for prestigious national and international awards.

Universities Canada has managed the initiative since October 1, 2017.

Universities Canada’s support for universities, hospitals, research institutes and corporate and government laboratories to raise the profile of their top researchers, also includes:

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Celebrating Canadian winners of international research awards

Global Excellence Initiative review service

Universities Canada coordinates the external review of draft nomination packages from submitting institutions and serves as the liaison between nominating institutions (and their nominees), the granting councils that provide lists of potential reviewers, and the reviewers offering valuable feedback. Learn more about our review service.

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Great nations are built on great challenges, and the same can be said of Canada’s award-winning research and innovators, who view challenges as opportunities for discovery and learning.

With the support of:

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