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April 22, 2005 11:01 ET

Minister Regan Announces Three New Canada Research Chairs in Nova Scotia


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APRIL 22, 2005 - 11:01 ET

Minister Regan Announces Three New Canada Research
Chairs in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - April 22, 2005) - The Honourable
Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the
Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced $1.7
million in funding for three new Canada Research Chairs in Nova Scotia.
Funding for university researchers in Nova Scotia from the Canada
Research Chairs Program represents $1.5 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.

"Ongoing investments in Nova Scotia research further enhance recognition
of our universities as world-class centres of scholarship," said
Minister Regan. "Canadians everywhere stand to benefit from the research
funded through Canada Research Chairs investments."

One of Nova Scotia's newest Chairholders is Janet Marontate of Acadia
University. Recently appointed Canada Research Chair in Technology and
Culture, Dr. Marontate's work examines the way new technologies affect
the lives of scientists, engineers, musicians and artists. Its ultimate
goal is to find ways to preserve the creative works of these
knowledge-based professionals so that they can be disseminated and made
accessible for ongoing use.

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 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
    (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 Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Sujata Raisinghani, Press Secretary
    (613) 992-3474