Government of Canada and the University of Guelph Celebrate Supporting Cutting-Edge Research

December 2, 2016

The Government of Canada values the role that scientists play in contributing to the discoveries and innovations that lead to a strong economy, sustainable environment, and a vibrant middle class. Today, Lloyd Longfield, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, joins the University of Guelph in celebrating the appointment of one new and two renewed Canada Research Chairs.

The University of Guelph will receive $1.5 Million over five years for three Canada Research Chairs including Michael Rogers, Nina Jones and Carla Rice. Together they will improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers’ work—one breakthrough and discovery at a time.

On December 2, 2016, Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science announced more than $173 million in funding to support a total of 203 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 48 postsecondary institutions across the country.


“I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to the latest new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The Government of Canada is proud to support these elite researchers whose work will improve our scientific understanding and contribute the evidence needed to inform decisions that lead to a vibrant society and a strong middle class.”

—The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“I am very pleased to be part of the ongoing investment in Science at the University of Guelph, building on our local capacity to contribute to our understanding of global challenges.  This is good for Guelph, for Canada, and the world as we enable discovery that leads to collaborative problem solving.

-Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

“All three chair holders awarded today are outstanding scholars and leaders in their respective disciplines, covering expertise in food nanotechnology to disease treatment to inclusiveness, well-being and equity. These three chairs represent the exceptional and diverse creative capacity that distinguishes our campus. They also epitomise a focal point of our research here at University of Guelph: improve life.”

– Malcolm Campbell, Vice-President (Research) University of Guelph

Quick facts

  • More than 1,600 Canada Research Chair holders are working at over 70 postsecondary institutions across the country in a wide range of fields.
  • Created in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs Program has helped attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Canada Research Chairs deepen our knowledge, enhance our quality of life and grow our economy. 

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Bridget Howe

Office of Lloyd Longfield

Member of Parliament for Guelph