One interesting feature about Canadian universities is their tendency specialize a little, creating research centres/institutes and investing in expensive equipment not found elsewhere in Canada . This allows the university to proactively recruit graduate students interested in that field, and more effectively petition for government funding . For those interested in Canadian research, here’s a list of all the specialties I could find .
From west to east:
University of Victoria – Unknown.
University of Lethbridge – RNA research.
University of Regina – Unknown.
University of Saskatchewan – Synchrotron based research.
Carleton University – Inorganic chemistry (split focus with the university of Ottawa)
Concordia University – Molecular modeling.
Université de Montréal – Self-assembled structures (with McGill).
Université de Québec à Montréal; Université de Sherbrooke; Université Laval – Materials chemistry.
Dalhousie University – Materials.
Memorial University – Unknown. Environmental (marine) monitoring?
I’m sure that the list is incomplete, so if you happen to have a little insider knowledge let me know!
 This is of course in addition to the standard roster of inorganic/organic/theoretical/analytical/bio- chemists.
 Smaller universities may not have the resources for a full-fledged research institute or $5m piece of equipment, and instead may simply have a few professors with overlapping interests. Promotion of these smaller clusters is erratic.
 Disclaimer: my knowledge is imperfect. The list is not meant to reflect the impact of “big name” professors.