Professorships & Chairs

Canada Research Chairs

The Sobey School of Business is proud to host three of Saint Mary’s University’s 13 Canada Research Chairs.

Mohammad Rahaman

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, Finance and International Competitiveness


Catherine Loughlin

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, Management; Associate Dean, Research and Knowledge Mobilization

The Workforce of the Future: Linking Health and Productivity

Canada Research Chair Dr. Catherine Loughlin believes that occupational health should be put on the mainstream management research agenda and that as long as management is responsible for decisions in the workplace, the research needs to be done from a management perspective. Managers are interested in research to guide their practice, so there is a need to carry out research that matters to managers. For example, if workplaces are to be designed that contribute to the health and productivity of workers in the 21st century, managers need to know about all groups of workers, including those that have previously been neglected. 

Dr. Loughlin's research revolves around management's leadership role in workplace health, leadership training and development, and issues related to the workforce of the future. Research on women in leadership roles is notably lacking. Transformational leadership theory, for instance, is based on a measurement scale developed almost exclusively on men and simply assumed valid for women. And young workers have also been traditionally overlooked, despite the fact that they will soon constitute one third of the North American population, and will thus be a powerful force for change in the workplace. It is these types of gaps in management research that have led Dr. Loughlin to take on the development of new workplace models of leadership and health that represent all members of the workforce.


Najah Attig

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, Finance

A Life Raft for the Corporate World

The business world has seen its share of financial crises and cases of white-collar fraud in recent years. It is in desperate need of a life raft to help it avoid similar calamities in the future.

Fortunately, Dr. Najah Attig, Canada Research Chair in Finance, is well-positioned to help the corporate world in the wake of a major financial crisis. Attig is focusing his research on stock market liquidity and corporate governance, which refers to the ways in which companies are directed and controlled and to their institutional practices.

Through his research, Attig aims to develop an in-depth understanding of financial markets and their decision-making processes to better prepare investors and optimize the interactions of corporations. As well, he is seeking to shed light on the relationship between corporate disclosure, related-party transactions and agency costs.

Attig’s research is also playing an important role in educating society and providing guidance to regulatory authorities as they work to improve corporate governance practices and institutional environments.

In the aftermath of recent corporate fraud and white-collar crimes, research of this nature is badly needed to better prepare investors and improve how corporations interact. Attig’s research will help develop the innovative strategies needed to create long-term corporate and shareholder value and sustain growth in a competitive economy.



Dr. Dawn Jutla is the Scotiabank Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship

Founding Director (2014-17) and Founder of the Master of Technology Entrepreneurship (MTEI) Program at the Sobey School, Dr. Jutla holds Master and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Nova Scotia - Dalhousie University. Her 1996 PhD work in Computer Science on the topic of multi-view access control has been cited in Xerox and IBM US patents. Dr. Jutla is the 2009 recipient of the World Technology Award for IT Software in the Individual Category. She brings 25 years+ experience in the IT industry and Business, experience in IT Sales and administration, a record of R&D, breadth and depth in business and technology courses, significant international and local business Board governance experience, and a genuine interest in the well-being of her students and their and the School’s contribution to the Atlantic Canada economy. Dawn served for 6 years on the Saint Mary’s Board of Governors, and 2 years as FISMS Department Chair. She currently serves as a Director on the Board of OASIS, and the Board of the IWK Health Centre.


Dr. Kevin Kelloway, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, is a professor and researcher with the I/O Psychology program at Saint Mary's University. Dr. Kelloway works closely with faculty of the Sobey School of Business. 

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