Wilfred Laurier University will mark the opening of its new Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science on October 11 with an event featuring remarks from MP for Kitchener-Waterloo Peter Baird, Northwest Territories Environment Minister Michael Miltenberger, and Laurier’s president, Max Blouw. The centre will host scientists from across Canada, and will look at questions concerning water, and environmental and resource issues in cold regions.

“Water and cold regions research are clearly areas of research excellence at Laurier,” said Laurier’s VP of research, Abby Goodrum. “Research in these areas is of critical importance in today’s world, and we are proud to have some of the leading authorities and researchers in these domains working here at our university.”

The new facility will house Laurier’s Canadian Aquatic Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Boreal Ecosystem Research, Cold Regions Research Centre, and the Laurier Institute for Water Science. The Southern Ontario Water Consortium’s (SOWC) ecotoxicology activities will be based at the centre, including equipment, labs, sample preparation, and staging for mobile trailers.

The centre was funded by the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and Wilfrid Laurier University.


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