FREDERICTON, NB, March 29, 2010 (Market Wire) -Thanks to an increased investment by the Government of Canada in the Canada Research Chairs program, Canada will strengthen its position as a world leader in university research and development, which will lead to greater economic opportunities for Canadians. The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the Government of Canada is investing $1.4 million to support one Canada Research Chair in New Brunswick.
"Our government is investing in research and development to create jobs, strengthen the economy, and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister Ashfield. "The Canada Research Chairs program is helping our universities develop, attract and retain talented people, strengthening our capacity for leading-edge research while building economic opportunities and the jobs of the future for Canadians."
Today's event at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) featured Dr. Yonghao Ni, whose research involves developing and refining chemical processes to improve the efficiency of pulp and paper production. As Canada Research Chair in Pulp and Paper Science and Engineering, his research will help decrease production costs, improve production efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact associated with the pulp and paper industry. The research conducted at UNB can help support the industry's growth, supporting the livelihood of Canadians from coast to coast.
This renewed Canada Research Chair is part of a total of $165.5 million in funding for 187 Canada Research Chairs newly awarded or renewed at 44 Canadian universities announced on March 26, 2010, by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). The funding announced includes $8.8 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for research infrastructure.
"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Canada Research Chairs program," said Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Head of the Canada Research Chairs program steering committee. "For the past decade, the program has been integral in funding research excellence in Canada by recruiting and retaining renowned international experts at Canadian universities. The program enables our universities to create the necessary environment for groundbreaking research and to offer first-class learning and training experiences to graduate students, thereby preparing them to become the next generation of world-class leaders in all sectors of society."
"An innovative society depends on innovative people," said Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. "The partnership between the CFI and the Canada Research Chairs program helps ensure that Canada preserves its most critical resource in the knowledge economy - intellectual capital. The advancements and discoveries made by these researchers will have a real and lasting impact on the lives of all Canadians."
"The calibre and importance of Dr. Ni's outstanding work in the pulp and paper domain provides yet another example of how UNB is a national and world leader in many research areas," said Greg Kealey, Vice-President (Research) and Provost at he university. "Sixteen researchers at UNB are current Canada Research Chairs, and we are very grateful for this program's ongoing support for our people."