Major investments in research talent usher in a new era of discovery in Quebec

News release

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.

Quotes

“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

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Daniele Medlej
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science and Sport
343-291-4204
daniele.medlej@canada.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development
343-203-5977
justine.lesage@international.gc.ca


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