What is CERC?

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. This prestigious program funds top researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. Learn more about CERC at the Government of Canada website.

Quick facts about CERC

  • Each chair gets $10 million over 7 years from the Government of Canada
  • 18 chairs awarded throughout Canada (2 in the Maritimes)
  • Objective: “to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities”
  • In 2011, Douglas Wallace was awarded the CERC in Ocean Science and Technology at Dalhousie University


CERC.OCEAN is Chairholder Doug Wallace's research group in ocean science and technology at Dal. We are a world-class research program established to observe, understand, and predict biogeochemical and ecological change in the ocean. We aim to develop new approaches to observe the changing ocean and study ocean processes. Led by chemical oceanographer Dr. Doug Wallace, our reseach team has a wealth of ocean expertise.