In 1996, with generous funding support from the Royal Bank of Canada and Ontario Hydro,  the Royal Bank Visiting Chair on Women and Work was established to support research on women and work.

CREWW has enjoyed three visiting chairs: Elisabetta Bigsby, then Vice President, Residential Mortgages, Royal Bank of Canada, followed by Peter Harder, then Secretary of Treasury Board of Canada, and finally, Carol Stephenson, then President and CEO, Lucent Technologies.

These distinguished chair holders undertook fundamental research on women in management in many of Canada’s foremost organisations.

In March 2013, the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation announced renewed funding of CREWW with a grant of $1 Million over ten years. This funding will provide exciting opportunities for research on women and work on five major themes, two annual RBC Women in Management Speaker Series (WMSS) events, and the development of distance education programs.

As of May 9, 2017, CREWW and the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership (CWPPL) merged to ensure the long-term sustainability and harmonisation of the two departments and their valuable research.

In addition to the above initiatives, numerous other research projects and consulting engagements on women and work have been, and continue to be, undertaken by the faculty members associated with CREWW.