A Five Year Commitment to the Yukon Research Centre

Elaine Taylor, MLA for Whitehorse West

As submitted to the Whitehorse Star on Friday, September 19th, 2014
by Elaine Taylor, Minister of Education

In five short years, the Yukon Research Centre has created a cutting-edge research environment that provides Canada, and the world, with a unique northern perspective. Through collaboration, innovation and regional outreach, the Centre is helping to establish Yukon College as a leading institution in northern research – from climate change adaptation to cold-climate technologies.

On the Centre’s fifth anniversary, I offer my congratulations to all who have helped realize this dream. The Centre has much to be proud of, as researchers, teachers and a collective research entity. Its work has had a tremendous impact on our territory and the North, extending beyond the busy classrooms and laboratories at the College. The scope and volume of the research projects and publications undertaken are numerous and truly impressive.

In 2009, our government, together with Yukon College and the Council of Yukon First Nations, opened the Yukon Research Centre to enhance our knowledge and understanding of changes in our regional climate, environment and economy, and to work collectively to come up with made-in-the-North solutions from well-designed research programs. Funding from the Yukon government has been essential for leveraging funding from additional sources including industry, institutions, corporations and other government departments and agencies.

This week, the Yukon government reaffirmed its commitment to the growing northern-based knowledge sector of our economy. Over the next five years, the Yukon government has committed $6.3 million to support the continuation and extension of the Yukon Research Centre’s activities, bringing the total contribution by the department of Education to more than $10.78 million since the opening of the Centre.

This new investment will allow the Yukon Research Centre to strengthen relationships with local businesses, governments, communities and entrepreneurs that will yield new research and new investments. It will increase the flow of information and the development of skills in the knowledge economy, and promote excellence in northern science and technology here at home for the benefit of Yukon and the North.

Congratulations to the Yukon Research Centre on the many successes it has achieved these past five years. We look forward to the innovative discoveries, technology and research yet to come.