More than $6 million in infrastructure investments underpin the work of a new cohort of Canada Research Chairs

November 13, 2018

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The Canada Research Chairs Program helps Canada attract and retain some of the world’s best minds. To realize their full research potential, they need access to top-of-the-line research facilities. That is why today, 28 new Canada Research Chairs at 18 institutions across the country are receiving more than $6 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for cutting-edge tools.

Daniel Durocher from the University of Toronto, for example, is receiving almost $400,000 for equipment that will help him improve cancer therapies by delving into how damaged chromosomes are repaired.

At St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., Katie Aubrecht will receive funding to establish the Intersectional Disability Studies Research Lab for work on policies and practices that will enhance the quality of mental health care for diverse populations living in Atlantic Canada’s rural communities.

Read: Canada Research Chairs recipient list (November 2018)

CFI investments of $6,784,319 are being made through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, in partnership with the Government of Canada’s Canada Research Chairs Program. This fund allows universities to attract top talent in diverse fields of research by providing them with state-of-the art infrastructure that allows them to think big and innovate. An additional $1,565,612 is being awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, which helps institutions with operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

“At the CFI we are proud to provide the infrastructure, which is the foundation for excellence in research,” says Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO of the CFI. “When we equip our researchers for success, we enable them to contribute to a better future.”

Cumulative totals

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Funding for infrastructure associated with a Canada Research Chair

List of approved projects by institution 


Chairholder

Project title 

Maximum CFI contribution

Cape Breton University

Sparling, Heather

Maintaining a Cutting Edge: The Rotary Music Performance Room & Digitization Lab

$68,157

Total

1

$68,157

Concordia University

Glatard, Tristan

Big Data Infrastructures for Neuroinformatics

$100,000

Guéhéneuc, Yann-Gaël

Empirical Software Engineering for the IoT

$107,053

Kachroo, Aashiq

Systematic Engineering of Human Genetic Processes in Simplified Cells

$120,000

Total

3

$327,053

Dalhousie University

Finkel, Zoe

Marine Microbial Macroecology Lab

$125,000

Total

1

$125,000

McGill University 

George, Saji

Safety Assessment of Ingested Nanomaterials Using Next Generation Toxicology Approach

$165,000

Harrington, Matthew

Development and Fabrication of Next Generation Materials Inspired by Nature

$240,000

Quail, Daniela

Role of the obesity-associated inflammation on cancer progression

$138,445

Total

3

$543,445

McMaster University 

Kho, Michelle

Early Rehabilitation to Improve Patient-Centered Outcomes in Critical Care

$72,000

Total

1

$72,000

Mount Allison University

Campbell, Douglas

Phytoplankton Physiomics

$145,735

Total

1

$145,735

Ontario College of Art and Design University

Sellen, Katherine

Canada Research Chair in Health Design

$91,454

Total

1

$91,454

Ryerson University

Gauntlett, David

Canada Research Chair in Creative Innovation and Leadership

$52,427

Total

1

$52,427

St. Francis Xavier University

Aubrecht, Katie

Spatializing Care: Intersectional Disability Studies Research Lab

$74,991

Estill, Laura

StFX Digital Humanities Centre

$74,999

Total

2

$149,990

Trinity Western University

Sawatzky, Richard

Person-Centred e-Health Information System

$169,795

Total

1

$169,795

Université du Québec - École nationale d’administration publique

Bourgeois, Isabelle

Chaire de recherche du Canada en évaluation des programmes et politiques

48 416 $

Total

1

48 416 $

University of British Columbia (The)

Jiang, Feng

Sustainable Functional Biomaterials

$125,000

Leonid, Sigal

Parallel GPU Hardware and Eye Gaze Measurement Device for Large-scale Computer Vision and Machine Learning

$125,000

Williams, Karla

Nanoscale Flow Cytometry and Tissue Scanning for use in Cancer Biomarker Discovery and Validation

$125,000

Ye, Ziliang

Emergent Electronic Structure and Optical Properties in Two-dimensional Materials

$799,139

Zandstra, Peter

Engineering Cell Fate

$800,000

Total

5

$1,974,139

University of Lethbridge

Spencer, Locke

Calibration Suite for Far-Infrared Astrophysics Instrumentation

$150,000

Total

1

$150,000

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

Rousseaux, Maxime W.

Personalized Genomics of Neurodegeneration

$369,115

Total

1

$369,115

University of Prince Edward Island

MacFadyen, Joshua

Places of Resilience and Resistance: Geospatial Studies of Rural Modernization in Atlantic Canada, 1945-1971

$72,942

Total

1

$72,942

University of Regina

Gordon, Jennifer

Psychoneuroendocrinology Laboratory

$40,000

Total

1

$40,000

University of Toronto

Durocher, Daniel

Infrastructure for study of DNA repair: biology, target validation and drug development

$397,723

Total

1

$397,723

University of Western Ontario (The)

Brown, Peter

Detecting interstellar meteoroids with radar

$221,316

Khan, Ali

Computational neuroimaging

$200,000

Total

2

$421,316

TOTAL

28 projects

$5,218,707

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $1,565,612 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund, a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.