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Canada Foundation for Innovation reaches milestone in community-building research

Attracting more than $400M for the University of Calgary across two decades, CFI plays a key role in building world-leading research programs
September 20, 2016
Canadian Foundation for Innovation photographers visited Calgary to share the the unique story about Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets, which was made possible by an innovative partnership between the University of Calgary and The City of Calgary. Mayor Nenshi  says these partnerships are a vital part of belonging to a community where "people share space and look after one another." Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Canadian Foundation for Innovation photographers visited Calgary to share the the unique story about Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets, which was made possible by an innovative partnership between the University of Calgary and The City of Calgary. Mayor Nenshi  says these partnerships are a vital part of belonging to a community where "people share space and look after one another." Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary 

 

Beginning in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) took on a unique role in the federal government’s innovation portfolio. Based on the premise, “If you build it, they will innovate,” CFI programs were aimed at bringing together federal, provincial and partner investments to build the kind of powerful infrastructure and facilities that would enable our research teams to transform the country, community by community.

Twenty years later, Canadians continue to accrue the benefits of the dedicated CFI programming, which have led to such national research treasures as the physics SNOLAB in Sudbury; the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC and the Ocean Tracking Network, a global research and technology development partnership headquartered at Dalhousie University, as well as many others.  

CFI has funded close to 300 projects over the past 20 years, investing $160 million in the University of Calgary, making it possible to build the research strengths that support our globally oriented Strategic Research Plan.

“CFI has been fundamental to our growing research momentum over the past 20 years,” notes John Reynolds, (acting) vice-president research.  “In a truly nation-building fashion, CFI’s $160-million investment has translated into $400 million in research projects at our institution — yielding benefits for Calgarians that we can share nationally and globally.”

Among the CFI-supported UCalgary projects is the world’s first research facility located within an operating wastewater treatment plant, Advancing Canada’s Wastewater Assets (ACWA). As global populations grow, leveraging breaking discoveries and technology developments to ensure global water security makes facilities like ACWA invaluable. Made possible by a pioneering partnership between the University of Calgary and City of Calgary, ACWA is being featured by CFI as they kick off their 20th anniversary celebrations. You can learn more and catch the interviews with Mayor Nenshi, Ed McCauley, vice-president (research), and members of the ACWA team in their video feature, below.

   

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