Major investments in research talent usher in a new era of discovery in Quebec
Ministers Duncan and Bibeau highlight 46 new Canada Research Chairs
January 16, 2019 – Sherbrooke, Quebec
When our labs and classrooms look more like the Canada we see today, everyone benefits. Diverse perspectives bring new ideas and drive creativity in science and research, which lead to innovations that help grow the economy. The next generation of young researchers brings fresh thinking to scientific problem solving and discovery, which helps keep Canadian research at the forefront of discovery today and in the future.
Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, highlighted significant investments in the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds at institutions in Quebec. The Government of Canada is investing more than $39 million for 46 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across Quebec.
Ministers Duncan and Bibeau joined new and renewed Chairs at Bishop’s University to highlight the importance of fostering the diversity and creativity that lead to cutting-edge research. The event profiled Dr. Heather Lawford, Canada Research Chair in Youth Development. Bishop’s University is one of 49 universities across Canada to receive CRC funding, as announced on November 13, 2018.
“The future of research and science in Canada will be led by the next generation of talent. That’s why it is so important that we support our early-career researchers today. There’s no better place than Canada to be a scientist. That’s why Canada Research Chairs from diverse backgrounds choose to come to Canada to pursue their ambitious research goals, build their teams and maintain Canada’s position as a global leader in research excellence.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
“Quebec is home to some of the world’s greatest research talent. Today’s investments in our researchers and research infrastructure signal our government’s commitment to building Canada’s science capacity—today and well into the future.”
– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development
“We have come a long way in the last year to create opportunities for researchers through the Canada Research Chairs Program. A strong action plan to address equity, diversity and inclusion and a focus on early-career researchers will continue to strengthen the Canadian research enterprise and contribute to the social and economic well-being of Canadians.”
– Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Chair of the Canada Research Chairs Program Steering Committee
The Government of Canada is committed to promoting diversity: in the most recent CRC competition, women accounted for over 43% of nominations. This is a historic high for this prestigious program.
The Government of Canada invests in research excellence in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities through its three granting agencies: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
- Major new investment in diverse research talent ushers in a new era for discovery in Canada
- Canada Research Chairs Fall 2018 Recipients List
- Canada Research Chairs Program Update―Stipend to support Tier 2 Chairs
- Profile of Dr. Heather Lawford, Canada Research Chair in Youth Development
- Canada’s Science Vision
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