Established in 1969 and believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Chair of Canadian Studies has been generously endowed and is named in honour of Dr. Edgar Davidson and Dr. Dorothy Davidson of Ottawa.
The following scholars have held the chair since its establishment:
1969-1975 George F.G. Stanley, C.C., C.D., D.Phil., D.Litt., F.R.S.C.
1975-1987 Douglas Grant Lochhead, B.A., M.A., B.L.S., D.Litt, LL.D., F.R.S.C.
1987-1992 Lawrence D. McCann, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
2001-2005 William Cross, B.A., M.P.S., J.D., M.A., Ph.D.
2005-2010 Frank Strain, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
2010-2015 Christl Verduyn, B.A., M.A., Ph.D,. F.R.S.C.