Minister Sajjan celebrates cutting-edge infrastructure for researchers

News Release

New state-of-the-art equipment will boost research and innovation at the University of British Columbia

April 15, 2016 – Vancouver, British Columbia

The Government of Canada understands the central role of science and post-secondary research in a thriving, clean economy. That's why it continues to make record investments in research that will build on Canada's record of scientific excellence.

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, celebrated $1.5 million in funding for 14 projects at the University of British Columbia. This Government of Canada investment was made through the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund, which helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to state-of-the-art research tools.

Among the researchers receiving funding at the University of British Columbia is Dr. Janel Kopp. Dr. Kopp is investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying pancreatic cancer. The funding will help her secure new equipment for analyzing tumour progression within pancreatic cancer cells.

Quotes

"Investments like today's in Canada's research infrastructure are incredibly important to the nation's future. They give Canadian researchers the tools they need to make new discoveries that will better the lives of Canadians today and for years to come."

– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"I am proud to be back home in Vancouver to celebrate this funding with the award recipients from the University of British Columbia. Every day, Canadian researchers are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and making breakthroughs that make Canada and British Columbia a destination for discovery-driven research."

– The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

"From health to engineering and from telecommunications to environmental protection, the Canada Foundation for Innovation provides researchers with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that are essential for conducting world-class research that directly benefits all Canadians."

– Gilles Patry, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation

"This funding provides our researchers with new tools and equipment they need to examine issues like disease and wildfires. We are grateful to the Canada Foundation for Innovation for their continued support."

– Dr. John Hepburn, Vice-President, Research and International, University of British Columbia

"Funding from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund will allow me to acquire new equipment for examining how cancer grows from different cell types in the pancreas. This will lead to a new understanding of how pancreatic cancer develops. I am grateful to the Canada Foundation for Innovation for its support of our research."

– Dr. Janel Kopp, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Quick facts

  • The University of British Columbia is receiving $1,545,353 in infrastructure funding for 14 research projects.
  • On April 15, 2016, Parliamentary Secretary Terry Beech, on behalf of Minister Duncan, announced an investment of more than $19 million for tools and equipment through the CFI's John R. Evans Leaders Fund to support 94 projects at 33 universities across Canada.
  • Dr. Janel Kopp received her PhD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2007 and since then has worked tirelessly examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of pancreatic diseases. She is currently working on the role ductal cells have in the initiation of cancer.

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Contacts

Jordan Owens
Press Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
613-996-3100
Jordan.Owens@forces.gc.ca

Véronique Perron
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science
343-291-2600

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777

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