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Winnipeg (Man), Jul 26 (Canadian-Media): Kirsty Duncan, Ontario Minister of Science and Sport, announced yesterday at Red River College, Winnipeg, more than $10 million in research infrastructure funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s College-Industry Innovation Fund, media reports said.
Kristy Duncan. Image credit: Facebook page
While engaging community leaders at several locations in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Wednesday on impacts of science on the local economy she emphasized creations of new ideas and inventions are possible by putting science to work by helping to create jobs and business export opportunities.
“When everyone in the science and innovation game works together, Canada wins. And when our research community is as diverse as the communities we live in, we get diverse ideas and perspectives that lead to stronger science. That’s good for everyone,” said Duncan.
Speaking with members of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Duncan highlighted the government’s historic investments in research that led to economic gains at the local and national level by helping create more opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers in research and industry.
Duncan also announced at Red River College, Winnipeg more than $10 million in research infrastructure funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s College-Industry Innovation Fund, which supports substantial research infrastructure projects to promote the existing applied research and technology development capacity of colleges and allow them to respond to important sector needs.
To address the growing demands for culinary research from the food and agriculture sectors. Red River College would receive $1 million in funding to support the creation of a research space in the Advanced Culinary Research Laboratory to help local businesses grow and create jobs for students in the community.
She also discussed with leading researchers and administrators, at the University of Winnipeg, on how best to adapt the Athena SWAN program, an internationally recognized program which supports advancing gender equity in higher education and research in the sciences in Canada.
Duncan also encouraged young Canadians to pursue science at the Adventure Kids Summer Camp at the University of Winnipeg, which engages each year youth in grades K-12 from across Manitoba, through school workshops, camps, clubs and events and offers customized programs for Indigenous youth, girls and youth facing socio-economic challenges.
Reporting by Asha Bajaj)