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Industry Canada

November 10, 2005 10:02 ET

Industry Canada: Minister Emerson Announces 15 Canada Research Chairs in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canada Research Chairs Program, today announced $10.3 million in funding for 15 Canada Research Chairs in British Columbia. Funding for university researchers in British Columbia from the Canada Research Chairs Program represents $9.3 million, while an additional $1 million has been invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support research infrastructure.

This funding is part of a $91.8-million investment in universities across the country to support the appointment of 126 Canada Research Chairs, as announced today by the Honourable Jean-C. Lapierre, Minister of Transport and Political Minister for Quebec. These senior research positions, vital for Canada's economic, scientific and social development, were further supported with $10.4 million from the CFI.

"British Columbia has received a total of $212.4 million for 211 Canada Research Chairs since the program began in 2000," said Minister Emerson. "The work of the Canada Research Chairs is of crucial importance for Canadians. Whether it is in the areas of health, the environment or education, the new knowledge developed through research has a direct impact on making our communities better, safer places to live and to raise the next generation."

One of British Columbia's newest Chairholders is Mary-Ellen Kelm of Simon Fraser University. Appointed Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples of North America, Professor Kelm is studying the history of medical research on Aboriginal health. Dr. Kelm's research is leading to a greater understanding of the ethical issues underlying medical research involving Aboriginal people. She hopes this knowledge can be used to improve health in Aboriginal communities across Canada.

The Canada Research Chairs Program (www.chairs.gc.ca) helps universities attract and retain some of the world's best research minds. Canada Research Chairs are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields, whether they work in the natural sciences and engineering, in the health sciences, or in the social sciences and humanities.

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