The Principal of Queen’s University embraced the pillars of innovation, interdisciplinary and internationalization as the foundation for the review, renewal and development of the Institutional Plan (“Where next? Toward a University Academic Plan” – Principal D. Woolf 2009). The Bell Chair in Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research (MHASR) reflects commitment to the three “Is” of excellence and global impact. The Bell Chair will allow Queen’s to identify an international scholar which will advance understanding in an area that is both significant and pressing with respect to its scientific and societal need. The Bell Chair provides a prestigious senior faculty position for an accomplished scholar with research leadership in MHASR. The Bell Chair in MHASR will provide enhanced opportunities to mentor undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate trainees and to provide highly qualified personnel required for the mental health anti-stigma sector in Canada. Thus, the Bell Chair is a critical contribution to the long-term goals and directions of the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences and Queen’s University.