Aug. 6, 2019
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – For nearly 10 years, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) have been working together on a partnership that has brought new research expertise and training opportunities to the Northwest Territories and deep community connections and research opportunities to Laurier scholars.
Now, that partnership will continue for another 10 years, with a recently signed 2020-2030 partnership agreement.
“The collaboration between Laurier and the Government of the Northwest Territories has resulted in more benefits than any of us envisioned when we began our partnership in 2010,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy. “Together, we have broken new ground in research important to Canada and the planet, trained many students and research associates and built state-of-the-art infrastructure that will facilitate research for years to come. Continuing our partnership will enable us to deepen our understanding of the challenges facing Canada’s North.”
“The GNWT-Laurier Partnership is a prime example of how researchers and the public service can work together to advance research priorities that respond directly to the needs, concerns and questions of northerners,” said GNWT Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Robert C. McLeod. “By collaborating as learning partners, the GNWT and Laurier have fostered significant advancements in monitoring and research that ensure we are able to make decisions based on the best available scientific, local and traditional knowledge for the people of the Northwest Territories.”
“We expect our second decade of partnership with the Northwest Territories to build on our successes to result in even more profound research, deeper community-level partnerships, and more evidence-based initiatives that make a positive impact on people and ecosystems,” said Laurier’s Executive Director of Cold Regions and Water Initiatives, Professor Kelly Munkittrick.
The first decade of the GNWT-Laurier partnership has seen many milestones, including:
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Kelly Munkittrick, Executive Director
Cold Regions and Water Initiatives, Wilfrid Laurier University
Meagan Wohlberg, Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories
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