Government of Canada investments keep researchers globally competitive

State-of-the-art infrastructure will support important research, such as Université de Moncton efforts to strengthen Atlantic salmon farming
July 29, 2015

(FROM LEFT) Simon Lamarre, professor, Deptartment of
Biology, Universitré de Moncton; André Samson,
Vice-President Academic and research, Université de
Moncton (EMCEE); Pier Jr Morin, professor, Department
of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Université de Moncton;
Irena Kaczmarska Professor At Mount Allison
University in Sackville; Robert Goguen, Member of
Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe; Honourable
Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology);
Raymond Théberge, president and vice-chancellor,
Université de Moncton; Pierre Normand, Vice-president,
External Relations & Communications, Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI); Karen Crosby, Assistant
professor at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB; 
Lise Dubois, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
pose for a group photo at the National announcement of the
John R. Evans Leaders Fund Competition at the Université
de Moncton Campus in Moncton, NB
Credit: Susanne Lutes, CP Images

July 29, 2015 — Moncton, New Brunswick — New Brunswickers working in the Atlantic salmon farming industry will benefit from new research at the Université de Moncton that aims to reduce stress among fish, resulting in healthier salmon and lower costs to producers. This research is part of a national announcement of $30 million in research infrastructure in support of projects across the country, which is allowing scientists to expand their knowledge in aquaculture and other areas as diverse as architectural history and chronic pain. The announcement was made by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), accompanied by Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton – Riverview – Dieppe.

The salmon aquaculture sector represents the largest single food commodity in New Brunswick and employs more than 1,500 people. Research plays a key role in ensuring the industry, and the communities it supports, stay competitive.

READ: Five stories of world-class researchers newly funded in today’s announcement

The investments are made through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund,
a fund designed to help universities attract and retain the very best researchers by ensuring they have access to cutting edge equipment and facilities.

The announcement was made at the Université de Moncton, where researchers Simon Lamarre and Pier Morin lead a team that aims to quickly identify the physiological and biochemical signs of stress in farmed Atlantic salmon. Doing so could help New Brunswick’s salmon aquaculture industry improve reproduction, helping boost this important economic contributor, which was worth more than $117 million in 2013. In addition to the funding for Lamarre’s work, the Université de Moncton also received funding for infrastructure supporting research in quantum
information processing.

Quick facts

  • The province’s entire aquaculture industry, including farmed salmon, employs more than 35,000 people and generates more than $2.5 billion in annual exports.
  • In 2014, the Government of Canada released the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, which outlines a roadmap to strengthen Canada’s position as a global leader in scientific research and harness Canadian innovations that create jobs, increase prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians.
  • In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada proposed an additional investment of $1.33 billion in the CFI, the largest single investment ever made to support research infrastructure in the country.

Quotes

Our government recently introduced Economic Action Plan 2015, a plan that will ensure science and technology continues to create jobs and prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians across the country. Today’s investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure at universities, hospitals and other research institutions provides a foundation for the cutting-edge research that benefits and changes the lives of Canadians.”

Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

“Our government has made record investments in science, technology and innovation toward greater jobs and prosperity for New Brunswickers. Today’s investment at the Université de Moncton demonstrates this commitment by providing state-of-the-art tools for salmon aquaculture research, an important $117 million industry in New Brunswick that employs 1,500 men and women across our province.”

Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, MP for Moncton — Riverview — Dieppe

“The CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund is about remarkable people, and the latest recipients of this fund are no exception,” says Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. “By equipping world-class researchers with state-of-the-art tools, Canada remains a global competitor in areas that matter to people in communities around the country.”

Gilles Patry, President and CEO, CFI

The Université de Moncton is becoming more widely recognized in both research and innovation thanks to our researchers who continue to stand out in many fields,” says Raymond Théberge, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Université de Moncton. The success these faculty members have achieved under the John R. Evans Leaders Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation is a testimony to the quality of their research, and is in keeping with the objectives of our Strategic Plan.

Raymond Théberge, President and Vice-Chancellor, Université de Moncton

The Canada Foundation for Innovation will greatly strengthen the position of the Université de Moncton as a leader in the field of aquaculture on international, national and regional levels,” says Professor Simon Lamarre. “The John R. Evans Leaders Fund will allow me, along with my colleague Pier Morin, to improve our infrastructure and continue our research in this field that we find fascinating.”

Simon Lamarre, Associate Professor, Department of Biology; Faculty of Science, Université de Moncton

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Associated links      

John R. Evans Leaders Fund

The CFI Research Facilities Navigator – An online directory of CFI-funded labs that are available to collaborate with the private sector.

Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy

Five stories of world-class researchers newly funded in today’s announcement

Contacts

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Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
343-291-2700

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John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Institution

Projects Approved

Carleton University

1

Dalhousie University

5

École Polytechnique de Montréal

2

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

1

McGill University

12

McMaster University

12

Mount Allison University

2

Queen’s University

2

Royal Roads University

1

Université Laval

9

Université de Moncton

2

Université de Montréal

6

Université de Sherbrooke

3

Université du Québec - École de technologie supérieur

1

Université du Québec - Institut national de la recherche scientifique

2

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

2

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivière

1

University of Alberta

4

University of British Columbia (The)

8

University of Calgary

8

University of Guelph

5

University of Lethbridge

3

University of Manitoba

1

University of New Brunswick

1

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

6

University of Saskatchewan

4

University of Toronto

20

University of Victoria

3

University of Waterloo

4

University of Western Ontario (The)

5

University of Windsor

1

Wilfrid Laurier University

1

York University

5

Total Institutions            33

143

Project Title

Maximum CFI Contribution

Carleton University


Participatory Media Lab

$40,714

1 project / projet

$40,714

Dalhousie University


Multi-Parametric Quantitative MRI: A Novel Approach to Improving the Diagnosis of Diffuse Liver Disease

$107,667

Trace Element Geochemistry Laboratory

$125,000

iCARE - interprofessional Centre for Attention in Real Environments

$97,180

The Role of Microvesicles in Autoimmune Inflammation and Modulation of Inflammation by Immunoglobulin Therapy

$125,000

A Combined Functional Connectivity and Epigenetics Approach to Define Cortical Activity During Social Encounters

$125,000

5 projects / projets

$579,847

École Polytechnique de Montréal


Understanding the Pedestrian Dynamics for Sustainable Active Mobility - Building a Modern Data Collection Infrastructure

122 975 $

Infrastructure in 'Robotics Engineering for Pediatric Assistance/Rehabilitation of the Upper Limb' (REPARe-Up)

125 000 $

2 projets / projects

247,975 $

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne


Ultra-High Performance Mass Spectrometry Facility for Studies in Analytical Toxicology and Molecular Genetics

$169,201

1 project / projet

$169,201

McGill University


Infrastructure for Bio-Based Materials and Chemicals Laboratory

106 200 $

Infrastructure for the Study of Personalized Medicine for Voice Restoration

100 000 $

Instrumentation for the Study of Atmospheric Aerosols

200 000 $

The Memory and Motor Rehabilitation Laboratory: MEMORY-LAB

69 840 $

Energy-Efficient Ventilation and Total Air Conditioning System in Underground Mines

50 000 $


Computing Infrastructure for High-Resolution Systems Biology

48 000 $

Assessing Spatial Chemical Heterogeneity in Volcanic Rocks to Study Magma Degassing

220 000 $

Assessment of Age- and Stroke-Related Changes in the Human Motor Network Using Multimodal Approaches

71 747 $

Computational Approaches Towards Cancer Targeted Therapies

60 000 $

Integrative Cerebral Hemodynamics: Measurement and Modeling

57 322 $

Laboratory to Study the Regulation of CD8 T Cell Function in Health and Disease

100 000 $

Emerging Methods for Digital Research in Architectural History

139 801 $

12 projets / projects

1 222 910 $

McMaster University


Intelligent Home Sensor Networks for the Elderly

$149,036

Advanced Characterization of Biomaterials

$61,889

Infrastructure for Developing Novel Cell Therapies and Manufacturing Methods

$300,000

Infrastructure for an Integrative Genomics and Phenomics Lab to Identify Mechanisms Generating Phenotypic Variation

$148,606

C. Elegans As a Model to Study Environment-Genotype Interactions

$144,487

A New Bioinformatics Laboratory to Integrate Functional Genomics, Biocuration, and Analytics in Biomedical Research

$34,245

Understanding Climate Shifts, Foodways, and Societal Resilience Through Ancient Plant Residues

$80,000

Exploring the Neurocognitive Bases of Social Behaviour

$226,111

The Origins of Life Laboratory

$400,000

Hybrid PVD Coating System

$398,380

Platform for Antibiotic Discovery

$300,000

Developing Biomaterials to Manipulate and Study Cell-Matrix Interactions

$197,972

12 projects / projets

$2,440,726

Mount Allison University


Novel Approaches in Phytoplankton Research: Next Generation Scanning Electron Microscope and X-ray Microanalysis System

$119,118

Patch Clamp Electrophysiology of the Dorsomedial Hypothalamus

$82,339

2 projects / projets

$201,457

Queen’s University


Reservoir Monitoring Using Time-Lapse Superconducting Gravimetry

$150,000

Biomaterial Host Response Analysis and Engineering Laboratory

$125,000

2 projects / projets

$275,000

Royal Roads University


What Is in our Playgrounds? Metal Bioavailability in Canadian Urban Parks

$116,101

1 project / projet

$116,101

Université Laval


A Mass Spectrometry-Based Infrastructure for Targeted Metabolomics Analysis

150 000 $

Development of Multimodal Optical Imaging Platforms to Identify New High-Risk Biomarkers of Major Psychiatric Disorders

799 994 $

Impact of Cigarette Smoking on Pulmonary Lipid Metabolism

120 000 $

Étude des mécanismes neurodégénératifs de la rétine interne de souris in vivo

119 957 $

High-Throughput Platform for Microbial Phenotypic Analysis and Screen for Antimicrobial Bioactive Compounds

123 073 $

Conception et caractérisation de matériaux avancés de construction

168 427 $

Ciblage de la barrière hémato-encéphalique pour traiter les maladies neurodégénératives

132 186 $

An Imaging Platform to Advance Research and Innovation in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Valvular Heart Disease

126 316 $

Comprehensive Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders: From the Laboratory to the Workplace

119 523 $

9 projets / projects

1 859 476 $

Université de Moncton


Infrastructures pour l'étude du contrôle du métabolisme des protéines chez les poissons

240 437 $

Cascaded Downconversion As a Resource for Quantum Information Processing

53 876 $

2 projets / projects

294 313 $

Université de Montréal


Maintien à domicile et démence : vers une utilisation d'approches technologiques innovantes

99 971 $

Structural Biology and Biochemistry of Macromolecular Complexes

139 921 $

Theranostic Treatments: From Polymeric Design to In Vivo Proof-of-Concept and Enabling Technologies

118 495 $

Characterization, Measurement and Eradication of Latent HIV Reservoirs

100 000 $

Plateforme multimodale pour l'étude des intéractions neuro-glio-vasculaires in vivo

357 033 $

ApoTome Automated 3D Epifluorescent Time-Lapse Microfluidic Microscopy for the Functional Study of Bacterial Envelope Biology

122 174 $

6 projets / projects

937 594 $

Université de Sherbrooke


A Fully Integrated Behavioural Platform for Studying Sensorimotor Control in Small and Large Animal Models

114 980 $

Caractérisation rhéologique de fluides complexes: applications en efficacité énergétique et en santé

82 985 $

Advanced Laser-Based Sensors for the Diagnostics of Thermal Plasma Processes

91 058 $

3 projets / projects

289 023 $

Université du Québec - École de technologie supérieure


Deformation Dilatometre with Cryogenic Capability

135 000 $

1 projet / project

135 000 $

Université du Québec - Institut national de la recherche scientifique


Laboratory of Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy and Environment (LANEE)

214 020 $

Linking Built & Social Environments to Pediatric Obesity Using a Spatial-Environmental Diagnostic & Analytic Laboratory

192 115 $

2 projets / projects

406 135 $

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi


Amélioration et mise à jour des infrastructures domotiques du laboratoire LIARA et de la Chaire CRIAAC

99 093 $

Infrastructure pour la caractérisation diélectrique et physicochimique de l’appareillage de puissance

98 980 $

2 projets / projects

198 073 $

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


Électrophysiologie et neurostimulation pour l'étude des interactions entre l'attention, la douleur et les émotions

400 000 $

1 projet / project

400 000 $

University of Alberta


Infrastructure for Phase Behavior Studies at High Temperature-Pressure Conditions

$59,898

Body Composition in Health and Disease: a New Era for Nutritional Assessment and Intervention

$217,655

Premise Plumbing Biofilm Facility to Inform Pathogen Risk Management

$597,688

Advanced Infrastructure for Studying Carbon Cycling and Water Quality in Disturbed or Managed Wetland-Rich Catchments

$246,931

4 projects / projets

$1,122,172

University of British Columbia (The)


A Translational Research Platform to Study Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease

$122,640

Center for Geophysical Mixing in the Earth System

$80,000

Single Cell-Level Platform for Detection and Characterization of Foodborne Pathogens

$101,798

Facility for the Study of Insect Respiratory Adaptation

$124,945

Building the Center for Cognitive Development

$117,648

Facility for Uncertainty-Based Design, Manufacture and Characterization of Advanced Composites under Impact Applications

$110,000

High-Throughput Microfluidics

$94,974

Molecular Determinants of Obstructive Lung Disease

$125,000

8 projects / projets

$877,005

University of Calgary


Digital Preservation of Northern Heritage at Risk

$51,646

From Early Adversity to Addiction: Molecules, Neural Circuits, Behaviour and Treatments

$98,260

Mechanisms of Locomotor Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury

$246,544

New Methods to Investigate Neuromuscular and Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise in Cancer Survivors and Elderly

$84,417

Evaluation of Cervical, Balance and Sensory Involvement in the Prevention, Detection and Management of Concussion

$191,000

Developing Organo-mediated Coupling Methodology for Medicinal Chemistry Applications

$274,434

Markers and Treatments of Non-motor Deficits in Parkinson’s Disease

$250,000

Immuno-biology of Vector Transmitted Infectious Diseases

$275,072

8 projects / projets

$1,471,373

University of Guelph


In Vitro Technologies for Plant Propagation and Conservation

$100,046

Scanning Electron Microscope for Life Science Imaging

$149,424

Infrastructure to Establish a Human Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory

$111,001

New Tools for Applied Wheat Genetics and Breeding

$102,714

Discovery and Investigation into Novel, Emerging and Re-Emerging Viral Pathogens in Birds

$125,000

5 projects / projets

$588,185

University of Lethbridge


Functional Flows for Healthy Rivers: Ecosystem Flux Tower

$81,255

The Prairie to Pharmacy Program: Infrastructure

$91,624

What Goes Around: The Visionary Cross Digital Library

$28,175

3 projects / projets

$201,054

University of Manitoba


Sustainable Food Production in Northern Communities

$249,306

1 project / projet

$249,306

University of New Brunswick


Materials Characterization Using Bench-Top Micro-ED-XRF Instrumentation

$125,000

1 project / projet

$125,000

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa


Profiling the Metabolic and Immune Exosomal Secretome

$206,000

CryoLab for Arctic, Antarctic and Planetary Studies

$176,000

Targeting the Translatome in Disease

$261,000

Extracellular Vesicles in Vascular and Renal Health and Disease

$192,001

Design and Synthesis of Novel Organic Conductors

$276,151

Development of Improved Ion Channel Drugs and Engineering Ion Channels as Biosensors

$164,553

6 projects / projets

$1,275,705

University of Saskatchewan


Broader and Deeper: Next-Generation Sequencing for High Resolution Profiling of Microbial Communities

$64,197

Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory for Contaminated Site Remediation Research

$83,580

Measurement System for Microwave Devices and Antennas

$173,592

Mobile Equine Field Laboratory for Sample Collection and Processing

$71,806

4 projects / projets

$393,175

University of Toronto


Quantitative MR Imaging Laboratory for Cell and Tissue Engineering

$150,000

Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory and Remote Collaborations Unit in Global Health and Human Rights

$166,510

Four-Dimensional Structure Elucidation of Cancer-Associated Proteins in Action

$407,608


Infrastructure for the Purification and Chemical Biological Investigation of Antibacterial and Antifungal Compounds

$236,511

Bats as Models for the Study of Multisensory Integration

$144,602

Integrated Platform for High-Throughput Protein/Protein and Drug/Target Interaction Analysis

$300,000

Elucidating the Structure and Function of Zebrafish Sensorimotor Circuits Using Optogenetic and Behavioural Approaches

$337,560

A Laboratory for Autonomous Driving

$300,000

Developing a Supercritical Fluid Extraction Process for Rare Earth Materials

$22,012

Data-Intensive Approaches to Digital Curation and Preservation

$59,840

Self-Knowledge and Interpersonal Perception

$22,100

Flow Visualization Platform for Physical Modeling of Fluid Flows in Steelmaking and Casting

$80,000

Dynamic Memory Systems in the Human Brain

$100,000

Structure and Dynamics of GPCR Membrane Proteins

$665,447

Advanced Core Logging Laboratory

$91,659

Biophysical and Structural Platform to Advance the Study of B Cell Glycoproteins in Vaccine and Disease

$508,306

Laboratory of Ecology and Macroevolution

$359,998

Molecular Analysis of Cell Migration Control by Physical Microenvironment and its Role in a Disease State

$314,084

A Human/Mouse Translational Drug Development Program for Major Depression

$328,000

A Novel Role for Histone Variant H2A.Z in Learning and Memory

$78,407

20 projects / projets

$4,672,644

University of Victoria


Probing and Repairing Retinal Circuit with Novel Optical Tools

$100,000

Facility for Innovative Materials and Infrastructure Monitoring

$120,000

Rehabilitation and Performance Neuromechanics Laboratory

$150,000

3 projects / projets

$370,000

University of Waterloo


Pharmaceutical Therapies for Alzheimer's Disease

$26,800

Non-Invasive Stimulation of the Human Visual Cortex

$100,000

Integrative Responses of Fish to Environmental Stressors

$120,000

Infrastructure for 5G Wireless Cellular Networks and Internet of Things

$75,000

4 projects / projets

$321,800

University of Western Ontario (The)


Superconducting Magnet Platform for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems Development

$200,000

A Laboratory for the Discovery of Energy-Purpose Functional Metallopolymers

$200,000

Structure and Oligomerizing Function of Calcium Signaling Proteins in Health and Disease

$200,000

Computer-Intensive High-Dimensional Models for Option Pricing and Risk-Management

$200,000

Molecular Imaging of Lipids in Rodent Models Brain Co-Morbidities

$200,000

5 projects / projets

$1,000,000

University of Windsor


Quantitative Tissue Imaging for Physiological and Genetic Analysis

$100,000

1 project / projet

$100,000

Wilfrid Laurier University


Advanced Characterization for Production and Applications of Functional Materials Based on Nanoscale Building Blocks

$87,500

1 project / projet

$87,500

York University


Centre for Integrative Laboratory and Field Physiology

$125,000

Centre for Cardiovascular Assessment

$199,529

Women’s Cardiovascular Health: Sexually Dimorphic Cardiovascular and Autonomic Responses to Stressors

$100,000

Distributed Digital Performance Laboratory

$68,250

Laboratory for Generative Responsive Realities

$73,978

5 projects / projets

$566,757

 

NOTE:
As part of this announcement, an additional $ 6,970,566 was awarded under the Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF), a mechanism that assists institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.