Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Canada Excellence Research Chairs

May 17, 2010 11:00 ET

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Inaugural Canada Excellence Research Chairs Introduced at Universite de Sherbrooke Ceremony

SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis–Bellechasse, welcomed to the Université de Sherbrooke Dr. Bertrand Reulet, one of 19 world-renowned researchers who have chosen to pursue their leading-edge research at universities across Canada. The event followed the announcement of the recipients of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program made earlier today at the University of Toronto by the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of supporting world-class research," said Mr. Blaney. "The CERC program helps to position Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. The cutting-edge research conducted by these global leaders will spur innovation in Quebec and contribute positively to Canada's competitiveness and future prosperity."

For each Chair, universities will receive up to $10 million over seven years to support chairholders and their research teams in undertaking ambitious research programs. The complete list of chairholders, including the 13 universities where they will be working, is available on the CERC website (

Dr. Reulet, Canada Excellence Research Chairholder in Quantum Signal Processing, will be tackling the biggest obstacle currently facing quantum computing — electronic noise. Building on his significant research accomplishments, Dr. Reulet will explore the mechanisms at the origin of electronic noise, which distorts useful information signals in microelectronics components. His research will have wide-reaching applications for advancing information technology, especially microelectronics components, which are used in most of today's computers, navigation systems, communications systems and radar systems.

Dr. Reulet, who could not attend the ceremony in person , offered the following statement: "With its broad scope, this Chair will provide me with the means to conduct ambitious experiments and implement the ideas I have developed over the course of my career. I am convinced that the synergy that exists among the researchers in the Physics Department will generate significant results."

"The arrival of these globally respected researchers will have multiple benefits for Canada," said Dr. Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Chair of the Tri-Agency Steering Committee. "Research chairs of this calibre working together with other researchers, students and post-doctoral fellows already in Canada will create meaningful new opportunities."

The CERC program was announced in Budget 2008 as part of the government's Science and Technology Strategy to help build expertise in strategic areas. Research conducted by the chairholders will focus on the areas of environmental sciences and technologies, natural resources and energy, health and related life sciences and technologies, and information and communications technologies.

"The remarkable visibility that comes with this Chair will enable the Université de Sherbrooke to attract the best students in this field, which will then help us attract and retain the best researchers," said Luce Samoisette, Rector of the Université de Sherbrooke. "This Chair also provides us with the opportunity to add very high-level complementary expertise to the research activities currently taking place in Sherbrooke, throughout the province and across Canada."

The CERC program is administered jointly by Canada's three research granting agencies: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

For more information, visit the CERC website (

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