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April 29, 2005 14:00 ET

Bernard Patry Announces 34 New Canada Research Chairs in Quebec




APRIL 29, 2005 - 14:00 ET

Bernard Patry Announces 34 New Canada Research Chairs
in Quebec

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 29, 2005) - Bernard Patry, Member
of Parliament for Pierrefonds-Dollard, on behalf of the Honourable David
L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced $32 million in funding
for 34 new Canada Research Chairs in Quebec. Funding for university
researchers in Quebec from the Canada Research Chairs Programs
represents $28.7 million, while an additional $3.3 million has been
invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support
research infrastructure.

This funding is part of a $99-million investment to support 106 new
Canada Research Chairs at 34 universities across Canada, which was
announced April 22 by Minister Emerson in Winnipeg.

"Today's funding will support research by Canada's leading scholarly and
scientific minds on issues that affect the well-being and prosperity of
all Canadians," said Minister Emerson. "From developing new technologies
to safeguarding our health, cities and natural resources, this is an
investment that will yield benefits, not just for us, but for our
children and grandchildren."

Of the 106 new Canada Research Chairs, 53 are either expatriates
returning to Canada or researchers coming to Canada from abroad. So far,
the Canada Research Chairs Program has attracted 442 researchers from
other countries. The program was designed to attract and retain the best
and brightest minds from around the world.

"This funding will reap important benefits for our economy and
institutions of higher learning," said Mr. Patry. "It will also support
the efforts of Quebec universities to attract top academic talent, and
generate new and innovative research."

One of Quebec's newest Chairholders is Christian Vandenberghe of HEC
Montreal, recently appointed Canada Research Chair in Management of
Employee Commitment and Performance. His research into employee
commitment and work behaviour will lead to new ways of managing employee
commitments to meet the organization's needs and promote employee health
and wellbeing.

Today's investment also includes $12.4 million from the CFI to fund
essential research infrastructure, ranging from computer equipment for
information databases to housing for laboratory facilities. For a
complete listing of CFI contributions, please visit the Foundation's Web
site at

The Canada Research Chairs Program has created 1446 research positions
at 73 Canadian universities since it was launched in 2000. The program
helps universities attract and retain the best researchers and achieve
research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health
sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

For more information on this announcement, including the list of
recipients, please visit our Web site at


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