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October 15, 2003

Alberta Ingenuity announced the establishment of the new Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research.

The new Centre will receive $1.5 million in the first year of a five year award, and may receive a total of $7.5 million over the term of the award. The Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research is a world-class research centre focused on studies and applications related to the health of freshwater systems; it will build upon a group of leading water research scientists and engineers at Alberta's three research universities: University of Alberta, University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge. This Pan-Alberta center is expected to attract some of the world's leading water research specialists to the province to work.

"We are focused on bringing great minds to Alberta," said Dr. Bill Bridger, President of Alberta Ingenuity, "great minds at all levels of research - from graduate students to senior investigators." The timing of the launch of the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research is particularly appropriate: "The Province is working on its own water initiative and Alberta-based research will be an essential part of any water strategies developed," noted Bridger.

A deeper understanding of underlying processes, and of pressures of human demands affecting fresh water, is necessary for effective management of this most critical resource. The Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research will contribute critical information and input related to water management policy in Alberta and elsewhere by focusing on aquatic systems in Alberta. The Centre will also be of direct benefit to Alberta's industries: the two primary industries of oil and gas, and forestry, have a huge stake in water management; future expansion of these industries will rely on a better understanding of water resources.

"Our goal for each of our three Alberta Ingenuity Centres for Research is, quite simply, to foster brilliant research that produces profound discoveries and improves life in Alberta," stated Bridger.

Alberta Ingenuity supports a long-term program of science and engineering research at Alberta universities, public colleges and technical institutes, and in industry.

Operating funds come from a portion of the interest revenue from a Government endowment, with an initial investment of $500 million.

Established in 2000, Alberta Ingenuity is an independent organization that reports through the Minister of Innovation and Science.


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For more information and interviews please contact:

Kathy Classen
Director of Communications
Alberta Ingenuity
Phone: (780) 429-7664