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Statement from Principal Woolf on Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

On Monday morning the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science released its report, Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research. Queen’s welcomes this report and the Government of Canada's recognition of the importance of fundamental research to our country and to its global competitiveness.

Established by The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, the advisory panel included Queen's own Nobel laureate, Dr. Arthur McDonald. I wish to thank Dr. McDonald, and all panel members, for their dedication and hard work in undertaking this comprehensive review and for engaging with universities and other stakeholders across the country over the past few months.

I would also like to thank all those who contributed to the panel’s consultations – including Queen’s faculty, staff and students. Universities such as Queen’s play a critical role in supporting Canada’s prosperity by fostering innovation and discovery. We appreciate the opportunity to be involved in this important review.

The panel’s work has facilitated an important national dialogue and its recommendations inform the conversation as it continues over the coming months. I look forward to reviewing the contents of the report and to working collaboratively with the government to help advance Canada’s leadership in fundamental science.