Laurier researchers have worked for decades in the Northwest Territories (NWT), studying the environment from multiple perspectives and aligning their research projects to government and community priorities.
In 2010, Laurier signed a 10-year partnership agreement with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to support the Territories’ capacity to conduct environmental research and the training of highly qualified personnel in natural resources disciplines. This partnership has been extended to 2030.
Aligned with this partnership, Laurier has led two major Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) initiatives valued at more than $15 million, including the Canadian Aquatic Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Boreal Ecosystem Research (CALIBER) and the Changing Arctic Network (CANet). These CFI projects have significantly supported the development of infrastructure platforms throughout the NWT. More recently Laurier was successful in partnering with the University of Saskatchewan in accessing $78 million over the next seven years to support Global Water Futures (GWF) through Canada’s First Research Excellence Fund. The goal of GWF is to deliver risk management solutions to manage water resources throughout Canada where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment. More specifically, through GWF, Laurier will lead several research initiatives throughout the NWT.
To further assist in enhancing and broadening this important partnership and to support our growing capacity for research needs in the NWT, Laurier has established a research office in downtown Yellowknife. The office will include full-time researchers and technical support staff as well as graduate students involved in research. An immediate goal, through Laurier’s physical presence in the region, will be to more effectively work with all GNWT departments and agencies and communities throughout the NWT in supporting their present and future research needs.
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