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CBU awarded two Canada Research Chairs

Bettina Callary, left, and Lachlan MacKinnon, both Cape Breton University researchers, have been awarded Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs by the federal government.
Bettina Callary, left, and Lachlan MacKinnon, both Cape Breton University researchers, have been awarded Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs by the federal government. - Nancy King
SYDNEY, N.S. —

Two Cape Breton University researchers have been awarded prestigious Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs by the federal government.

Lachlan MacKinnon, assistant professor of history has been named a Tier 2 Canada CRC in Post-Industrial Communities and Bettina Callary, associate professor of Community Studies has been named a Tier 2 CRC in Sport Coaching and Adult Learning. Tier 2 Chairs are awarded to emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as demonstrating the potential to lead in their field.

MacKinnon’s work is specific to post-industrial communities, examining the multiple ways that local communities have responded to its pressures, and revealing the aftermaths still faced by those living in post-industrial regions.

“It’s great that CBU has decided to create a Chair in Post-Industrial Communities,” MacKinnon said in a news release. “I imagine the findings of this project will be of interest to legislators interested in creating policies that can respond to the emergent needs of deindustrializing and post-industrial cities and towns across Canada.”

Callary’s work focuses on two pillars of research broadly affecting the wellbeing and health of aging Canadians: coaching adult athletes, as well as coach education and development. Her groundbreaking research will be vital in understanding adults’ distinct psychological and social coaching needs. 

“I’m very excited to translate my research into practice in the local area though collaboration with the community,” Callary said.

The Canada Research Chairs is intended to help universities attract leading experts in the fields of engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

“It’s an honour for Cape Breton University to gain two more Canada Research Chairs,” CBU president and vice-chancellor, David C. Dingwall said. “These prestigious chairs enhance the research happening here on campus and across the Island. The local and global impact of the work conducted by Dr. MacKinnon and Dr. Callary during their time as Canada Research Chairs will be extremely significant.”

Tier 2 Chairs are five years in length and can be renewed once. For each Tier 2 Chair, CBU will receive $100,000 annually for the work.

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