Canada Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs
Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation
Industry Canada

Industry Canada

June 27, 2005 11:00 ET

Minister Regan Announces Three New Canada Research Chairs in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - June 27, 2005) - The Honourable Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced $2.52 million in funding for three new Canada Research Chairs in Nova Scotia. Funding for university researchers in Nova Scotia from the Canada Research Chairs Program represents $2.4 million, while an additional $120 000 has been invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to support research infrastructure.

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.

"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.

"With top-notch faculty and modern equipment, Nova Scotia's universities are already among the best in the world," said Minister Regan. "These awards will enhance the contribution we make to important scientific and medical advances, and will help our institutions continue to attract the best and the brightest researchers."

One of Nova Scotia's newest Chairholders is Derek Lynch of Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Appointed Canada Research Chair in Organic Agriculture, Dr. Lynch's research focuses on developing innovative crop and soil management practices to address the challenges to sustained growth of organic agriculture in Canada. As the organic industry grows, claims of benefits with respect to food safety, product quality and environmental integrity are under increasing scrutiny. While organic farmers face many of the same production challenges as other farmers, they must adopt a long-term, integrative approach to the special needs of their farming practice. With support from Dr. Lynch's multi-scale, on-farm and station-based research program, they will be able to do just that.

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 Geoff Regan
    Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
    Sujata Raisinghani
    (613) 992-3474
    or
    Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001