Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs
Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

June 27, 2005 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces a New Canada Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - June 27, 2005) - Saskatchewan's newest Research Chair is John Paul Giesy of the University of Saskatchewan. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance, made the announcement today on behalf of David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry. Funding for this university researcher in Saskatchewan from the Canada Research Chairs Program represents $1.4 million. An additional $300 000 has been invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support research infrastructure.

Appointed Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology, Dr. Giesy has become one of the world's leading authorities on how chemicals move in the environment and what effects they have on humans and wildlife. He is developing and applying methods for the identification and quantification of these chemicals, and determining the risks they pose to humans, wildlife and the environment. Dr. Giesy's work will help government and industry leaders make policy decisions that allow economic development and social empowerment without environmental degradation.

This funding is part of a $62.9-million investment to support 79 new Canada Research Chairs at 31 universities across Canada, which was announced today at the University of Prince Edward Island.

"Building a knowledge-based economy is important for the future of all Canadians," said Minister Goodale. "Investments like this enable Saskatchewan's universities and researchers to continue to break new ground and help Canada remain a globally competitive economy."

"The Government of Canada is continuing to build a world-class research environment in Canada by investing in new ideas and innovation, and the people who produce them," said Minister Emerson. "Today's funding will support research that is crucial to improving our environment, advancing our health care, protecting our natural resources, and making Canadians more productive and competitive, now and in future generations."

Of the 79 new Canada Research Chairs, 33 are either expatriates returning to Canada or researchers coming to Canada from abroad. So far, the Canada Research Chairs Program has attracted 475 researchers from other countries. The program was designed to attract and retain the best and brightest minds from around the world.

Today's investment also includes $8.1 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 1509 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.

Contact Information

  • Canada Research Chairs Program
    Heloise Perron
    (613) 996-8373
    (613) 371-3783 (Cell)
    or
    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Alastair Sinclair
    (613) 996-3160
    or
    Office of the Honourable Ralph Goodale
    Minister of Finance
    John Embury
    Director of Communications
    613) 996-7861
    or
    Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001