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April 22, 2005 16:45 ET

Minister Alcock Announces Three New Canada Research Chairs in Manitoba


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APRIL 22, 2005 - 16:45 ET

Minister Alcock Announces Three New Canada Research
Chairs in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - April 22, 2005) - Reg Alcock,
President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the
Canadian Wheat Board, on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson,
Minister of Industry, today announced $2.6 million in funding for three
new Canada Research Chairs in Manitoba. Funding for university
researchers in Manitoba from the Canada Research Chairs Program
represents $2.4 million, while an additional $200 000 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 today 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.

"Through this investment, we are ensuring that Manitoba's universities
and researchers can continue to break new ground," said Minister Alcock.
"This investment is a vital part of creating a knowledge-based economy
that enhances the quality of life for all Canadians."

One of Manitoba's newest Chairholders is Peter Jones who will be moving
from McGill University to be the Canada Research Chair in Metabolism and
Nutrition at the University of Manitoba. His research will develop foods
that promote health and improve Canadians' quality of life while
lowering health care costs. Professor Jones' research has already led to
the international marketing of edible spreads containing plant compounds
that reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 20 percent.

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 http://www.innovation.ca.

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 www.chairs.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Canada Research Chairs Program
    Heloise Perron
    (613) 996-8373 or (613) 371-3783 (cell)
    heloise.perron@chairs.gc.ca
    or
    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Alastair Sinclair
    (613) 996-3160
    alastair.sinclair@innovation.ca
    or
    Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    fox.christiane@ic.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the President of the Treasury Board and
    Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board
    Kelly Morgan, Director of Communications
    (613) 957-2666