2 Effective Research Training for Applied and Socially Engaged Research

Dominique Bérubé

Dr. Bérubé’s keynote engaged doctoral researchers on how SSHRC can better respond to their realities, particularly for those engaged in community-based and other types of applied research. She explained the different ways that SSHRC supports doctoral students and community-based, partnered research, sharing the agency’s efforts at improving Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, better supporting Indigenous research, and partnering with organizations such as MITACS. Training-related results from the recent evaluation of SSHRC’s Partnerships programs was presented, and the audience was invited to provide feedback on the agency’s Guidelines for Effective Research Training.


Dominique Bérubé was appointed vice-president, Research, at SSHRC in October 2019. In this role, she is responsible for developing the long-term vision and future direction for SSHRC’s core research funding programs.

In addition, Dominique oversees the strategic direction and delivery of tri-agency programs and policies, in collaboration with the other federal research funding agencies. This includes the delivery of the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the Canada Research Chairs Program, the New Frontiers in Research Fund and the Research Support Fund. This also includes the implementation of a renewed Indigenous research and research training strategy. As well, she chairs the executive board of the Tri-agency Grants Management Solution initiative.

Dominique was previously vice-president, Research Programs, from 2015 to 2019. In that role, she directed efforts to improve program accessibility and to implement equity, diversity and inclusion policies.

Prior to joining SSHRC, Dominique worked at the Université de Montréal, beginning in 2007. She held many positions, including acting vice-rector, Research; associate vice-rector, Research; and executive director, Research Services and Commercialization.

Dominique holds a PhD in environmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s in science and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Polytechnique Montréal.