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March 26, 2010 11:16 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Research Excellence at Memorial University and Across Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Thanks to an increased investment by the Government of Canada in the Canada Research Chairs program, Canada will strengthen its position as a world leader in university research and development, which will lead to greater economic opportunities for Canadians. Senator Fabian Manning today announced the Government of Canada is investing $3.8 million to support four renewed Canada Research Chairs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Senator Manning. "The Canada Research Chairs program is helping our universities develop and attract talented people, strengthening our capacity for leading-edge research, while creating jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians now and in the future."

The research was announced today at an event at Memorial University and featured William R. Driedzic, whose research focuses on how fish deal with major environmental challenges such as low temperature and oxygen limitation. As Canada Research Chair in Marine Bioscience, Dr. Driedzic's research will provide further insight into the aquaculture sector, an industry that supports the livelihood of thousands of Atlantic Canadians.

This renewed Canada Research Chair is part of a total of $165.5 million in funding for 187 Canada Research Chairs newly awarded or renewed at 44 Canadian universities announced on March 26, 2010, by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). The funding announced includes $8.8 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure.

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Canada Research Chairs program," said Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Head of the Canada Research Chairs program steering committee. "For the past decade, the program has been integral in funding research excellence in Canada by recruiting and retaining renowned international experts at Canadian universities. The program enables our universities to create the necessary environment for groundbreaking research and to offer first-class learning and training experiences to graduate students, thereby preparing them to become the next generation of world-class leaders in all sectors of society."

"An innovative society depends on innovative people," said Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. "The partnership between the CFI and the Canada Research Chairs program helps ensure that Canada preserves its most critical resource in the knowledge economy — intellectual capital. The advancements and discoveries made by these researchers will have a real and lasting impact on the lives of all Canadians."

"The renewal of these four Canada Research Chairs reinforces Memorial's reputation for research of international importance and significance," said Dr. Ray Gosine, Vice-president (Research), Pro Tempore. "These researchers are strong advocates — and contributors — to their disciplines and research areas. Even more importantly, their research is having direct impacts on people, communities and industries here in this province, in Canada and internationally. I congratulate each of our Chair holders on their renewals and wish them well in their future research."

A full list of the 187 chairholders is available on the Canada Research Chairs website (

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft - Director of Communications
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    Canada Research Chairs Program
    Trevor Lynn
    Manager, Communications
    613-302-9879 (cell)
    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Yves Melanson
    Coordinator, Media Relations
    613-447-1723 (cell)