sary repairs to existing infrastructure. Université
Laval will celebrate 17 projects that received KIP
funding, including an upgrade to the university’s
aging water supply system, during its Journée
portes ouvertes on Nov. 12.
In total, Industry Canada approved $1.28 billion in KIP funding for projects at Canadian universities. One of the goals was to encourage universities to ask provinces for matching funds
and, along with private donations, this leveraged
the initial investment two-and-a-half times.
The University of Manitoba, for example,
undertook seven projects that added $32 million
in KIP funding to $57 million already promised
from the Manitoba government, the university’s
own funds and alumni donations. “The province
was already supportive, and KIP was a chance to
match up the provincial funding with KIP funding,”
said David Barnard, the university’s president.
U of M was to officially open the new biology building as part of its open house on Nov. 9.
The structure is actually a 50-year-old building
formerly used by pharmacy students, now renovated from the basement to the roof. The renovation includes large and small improvements,
from storage space in the basement for boat
motors and live fish traps to adjustable thermostats in professors’ offices. New classrooms and
teaching labs, up-to-date audiovisual systems, a
computer lab and study carrels have been added.
On the research front, the building’s six new
research labs boast high-tech amenities like the
full-size cold room, a scanning electron microscope and a culturing facility that lets researchers
model wetland ecology and determine how to
“The new lab is so much better,” said graduate
student Olwin Friesen, as she used a microscope
to examine a sample of Arctic fox intestine. Gesturing to the new fume hood, she said, “I have
the facilities I need to do the work I need to do.”
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