Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Canada Excellence Research Chairs

May 17, 2010 14:45 ET

New Government of Canada Investment Attracts Top Minds to Canadian Universities

Inaugural Canada Excellence Research Chair Introduced at McMaster University Ceremony

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), welcomed to McMaster University Dr. Ali Emadi, one of 19 world-renowned researchers who have chosen to pursue their leading-edge research at universities across Canada. The event followed the national announcement of the recipients of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program made earlier today at the University of Toronto by Minister of State Goodyear and the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to improve the quality of life for Canadians, strengthen the economy and create jobs," said Minister of State Goodyear. "This initiative is helping universities develop, attract and retain the world's best researchers here in Canada."

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. Ali Emadi, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain, is at the leading edge of new developments in transportation electrification, including advanced electrified powertrains. Dr. Emadi's research provides solutions for industry and environmental policy-makers alike. It meets the current demands of the automotive sector for more fuel-efficient vehicles while maintaining a strong position for the future of Canada's green technology industry.

"The government's commitment to research through the creation of the CERC program and McMaster's vision for leadership in sustainable automotive research were too strong to resist," said Dr. Emadi. "I am looking forward to joining the strong network of automotive researchers in Canada and helping to advance the development of hybrid and electric vehicles." 

"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.

"Canada has just been elevated another notch as a global leader in hybrid technology development. Dr. Emadi's appointment expands McMaster's automotive research leadership in the critical area of electric powertrain technology," said Dr. Peter George, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University. "It adds to the critical mass being assembled at McMaster Innovation Park in automotive and manufacturing research and will serve to attract more like-minded researchers and entrepreneurs. Dr. Emadi's experience in spinning off start-up companies from the university environment will be an invaluable resource to the community."

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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