Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs

March 27, 2008 07:52 ET

Canada Research Chairs Celebrate Contributions to Canada

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Over 100 Canada Research Chairs-renowned scholars and scientists from over 35 universities across the country-gathered for a unique celebration of research excellence at the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais in Gatineau today. Chad Gaffield, president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and chair of the Canada Research Chairs steering committee and Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry the Honourable Jim Prentice, opened the event entitled Inventing the Future: Ideas for the 21st Century. The day featured round table discussions with Canada Research Chairs on recent developments and future prospects in science, technology and society,

"Guided by our Science and Technology Strategy announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper last May, the Government of Canada is committed to building on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation," said Dr. Carrie. "Our investments in the Canada Research Chairs Program will expand Canada's pool of scientific experts, stimulate job creation, economic growth and improve our standard of living. We reinforced our commitment to S&T in Budget 2008 by allocating an additional $650 million over the next three years to secure Canada's leadership in the global marketplace."

"Today, we recognize the outstanding contributions of Canada's most renowned and leading researchers. Their research gives Canadian businesses, communities and governments, the knowledge we need to find solutions to our most pressing environmental, economic, health and social challenges," stated Chad Gaffield. "Moreover, by involving students in their groundbreaking work these world-renowned researchers help train and mentor the next generation of highly skilled Canadians."

"Imperative to research in the 21st century is access to modern, cutting-edge equipment and facilities," said Eliot Phillipson, president and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). "Over the past decade, the CFI has provided thousands of world-class researchers, such as the Canada Research Chairs, with the tools they need to do their work."

"We are very proud to be participating in this national celebration of research and to welcome the country's best researchers here to Gatineau," said Jean Vaillancourt, rector of the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais. "It is an event that is as important to Canadian universities and research funding agencies as it is to the general public, because it highlights the contributions of Canada's leading university researchers to the advancement and well-being of our society."

Chad Gaffield and Eliot Phillipson, as well as Suzanne Fortier, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Pierre Chartrand, acting president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, presented each chairholder with a Canada Research Chairs insignia. This newly introduced lapel pin is a silver disc, available exclusively to Canada Research Chairs, and designed to symbolize their pursuit of knowledge and research excellence.

The Canada Research Chairs Program is designed to attract the best talent from Canada and around the world, helping universities achieve research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities. Chairholders improve Canadians' depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen the country's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people. There are currently 1,851 Canada Research Chairs at 70 universities across Canada. Of these positions, 584 have been filled by researchers recruited from abroad, including 267 Canadian expatriates.

The CFI is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and other non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed more than $244 million for research infrastructure in support of 1,624 Canada Research Chairs.

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