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March 26, 2010 12:01 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Research Excellence at Saint Mary's University and Across Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(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. The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the Government of Canada is investing $4.3 million to support five Canada Research Chairs in Nova Scotia.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Minister Ashfield. "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."

Today's event at Saint Mary's University featured Dr. Robert G. Deupree, whose research involves developing better methods of calculating the structure and evolution of stars. As Canada Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics, his research will enhance the ability to perform stellar evolution and structure simulations, leading to a greater understanding of how stars work. His work will benefit astronomy research in Canada, as well as the international collaborations and workshops organized through the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.

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 today 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."

Dr. J. Colin Dodds, President of Saint Mary's University, said that Dr. Deupree has done an extraordinary job as Director of the Institute for Computational Astrophysics and has helped to attract talented faculty that has assured the highest possible level of teaching and research.

"In the past five years, he has helped double the size of our graduate program in astronomy and astrophysics; while, year after year, our undergraduates are sought out by the most prestigious grad schools," said Dr. Dodds. "Even for those who choose not to pursue a future in astrophysics, the skills that they learn are readily transferable into the knowledge economy."

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)