As the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies, Dr. Mario Blaser’s research builds on a series of insights gained through research and collaboration with colleagues and Aboriginal leaders from North and South America. From this collaboration came the concept of ‘life projects’. The guiding hypothesis of his research is that ontological conflicts, or different ways of conceptualizing what constitutes reality, are central to the difficulties Aboriginal peoples face when trying to articulate and pursue their life projects.
His research on Aboriginal peoples, life projects and ontological conflicts is relevant for Aboriginal communities around the world as well as local concerns involving Innu and the Inuit self-governance.
Dr. Blaser holds a BA (1992) from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, a MA (1997) from Carlteton University and a PhD (2003) from McMaster. He is co-appointed to the archaeology and geography departments.
He is currently working on a research project that is under way in partnership with the Innu Nation Environment Office and the Innu-run Tshikapisk Foundation. The project, entitled The Political Ontology of Caring for Non-Humans, focuses on conflicts that emerge between Innu hunters and governmental conservation agencies as the parties seek to enact their own notions of caring for what Euro-Canadians call caribou and the Innu atîku.
Dr. Tony Fang is the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation at Memorial.
An economist, Dr. Fang came to Memorial University from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he was director of the master of international business program and an associate professor of human resources management and employment relations. He previously taught at Toronto's York University and at the I. H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.
The mandate of the $2-million chair is to promote research in the areas of global and local cultures, immigration, diasporas, demographic change and strategies for immigration retention and integration. These areas directly align with Dr. Fang’s research interests and accomplishments, which include a recent role as the domain leader in economic and labour market integration at Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement–Ontario Metropolis Centre and a recent stint as president of the Chinese Economists Society.
Dr. Fang has a PhD in industrial relations and human resource management from the University of Toronto. His areas of research interest encompass issues of compensation and benefits, high performance workplace practices, pension, retirement policy and the aging workforce, education, immigration and minimum wages, union impact on wages, innovation and firm growth, pay equity and employment equity.
He has published in such journals as Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review (Cornell), Industrial Relations (Berkeley), British Journal of Industrial Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Public Policy, China Economic Review, Journal of World Business, Journal of Labor Research, International Journal of Manpower, Journal of Management History, Social Indictors Research and Perspectives on Labour and Income. He has also received nine research awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and five research grants from Human Resource and Development Canada.