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NSERC Funding Announcement

Principal Woolf offers remarks on a $4-million funding announcement from the National Science and Engineering Research Council.


Good morning.

I would like to begin by welcoming the Honourable Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, Mr. Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, and Dr. Mario Pinto, President of Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada to Queen’s University.

Thank you for joining us today for this important announcement. We appreciate your inspiring words and your continued support of research excellence in this country.

As we start off the new year, I can happily say that in my six years as principal of this university, 2015 was easily the most exciting.

In just the last few months, we named the Stephen J. R. Smith School of Business following an unprecedented $50-million donation from alumnus Stephen Smith, Dr. Art McDonald received a Nobel Prize in physics from the Royal Swedish Academy, and Alfred and Isabel Bader gifted a masterpiece by Rembrandt to our university.

It was a stellar year, and yet, here we are, in our first week of 2016 with another great announcement.

At Queen’s, research continues to be a core component of our mission, and every day, in every corner of this university, you’ll find our researchers are working hard to solve real-world problems.

Thanks to this $4-million grant, the Engineered Nickel Catalysts for Electrochemical Clean Energy (Ni Electro Can) research team now has the resources to develop the next generation of clean energy technologies, which will help tackle a number of environmental issues.

These challenges aren’t limited to our Canadian borders, of course – and the Ni Electro Can research team isn’t either.

With 14 Canadian researchers, seven universities, nine international researchers from seven different countries, and a number of industry partners on board, the Ni Electro Can team is a perfect example of how collaboration enables researchers to remain at the forefront of discovery and propel Canadian research onto the world stage.

We are particularly proud to note that five of those 14 Canadian researchers are faculty members at Queen’s, including the team’s primary investigator, Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz.

It is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to him today.

Dr. Jerkiewicz joined Queen’s Department of Chemistry in 2002.

He is an engaging professor and respected scientist, and throughout his career he has authored more than 100 publications and trained 55 highly qualified students, fellows and research associates. He has delivered nearly 150 keynote lectures and is an active member of numerous societies of chemistry.

Dr. Jerkiewicz is passionate about his fields of work, and has been internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to physical electrochemistry and electrocatalysis.

He received the Electrochemistry Award of La Société Française de Chimie, the W. A. E. McBryde Medal of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the R. C. Jacobsen Award of the Electrochemical Society, Canadian Section.

Perhaps most notably, in 2012, the President of Poland conferred on him the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Poland’s equivalent to the Order of Canada, for his work in the Polish student movement of the early 1980s.

We are thrilled to host Dr. Jerkiewicz and his fantastic team here at Queen’s, and have no doubt that this grant will help them push the boundaries of science and create a healthier environment for us all.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jerkiewicz to the podium.