On 9 January 2017, Minister of Sciences Kirsty Duncan announced $18.2M in funding to ensure ongoing operations and maintenance of the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. Allocated as a result of the Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Special Competition of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), this amount adds up to the 16 other grants that were awarded to various national research facilities led by 12 Canadian universities.

The announcement by Minister Duncan was made during a press conference at Laval University in the presence of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the CFI Vice-President, External Relations and Communications, the Rector of Université Laval, the Vice Rector of Research and Innovation, the Executive and Development Vice-Rector, the federal deputy of Louis-Hébert, representatives from the Canadian Coast Guard, the Amundsen team, researchers and students. This extraordinary financing will allow the ship to maximize its days at sea in the Canadian Arctic over the next few years.

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Photo credit : Marc Robitaille

From left to right : Le député fédéral de Louis-Hébert, Joël Lightbound, le directeur scientifique d’ArcticNet, Louis Fortier, la ministre des Sciences, l’honorable Kirsty Duncan, le recteur de l’Université Laval, Denis Brière, le ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social, l’honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, le vice-président, Relations extérieures et communications de la Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation (FCI), Pierre Normand, le vice-recteur par intérim à la recherche et à la création, Angelo Tremblay et le vice-recteur exécutif et au développement, Éric Bauce.

ArcticNet, Statoil Canada, RDC and Husky Energy collaborate on research and technology expedition offshore Newfoundland and Labrador

ArcticNet, a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada, Statoil Canada, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and Husky Energy will be partnering on a new research and technology development program on board the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen offshore Newfoundland and Labrador in April. The collaboration will bring together the best expertise in academia and industry to collect scientific data and execute full-scale field testing of key technologies that are critical to understanding offshore and harsh weather environments. With a key focus on performing a safe expedition, this unique project will help improve safety practices related to ice hazard mitigation and provide insight on technology requirements specific to cold ocean regions.

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Major Science Initiatives Special Competition

On 23 January 2015, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Ed Holder, announced $7,608,313 in funding for the CCGS Amundsen through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Special Competition. Through the grant, the Amundsen will receive $7.6M for vessel operations and maintenance of its pool of scientific equipment over three years, the largest amount awarded under this MSI competition and 30.4% of the overall envelop.

The announcement by Minister Holder was made at a press conference in Quebec City in the presence of the CFI, the Rector of Université Laval, representatives from the Canadian Coast Guard, the Amundsen team, researchers and students. This is the largest sum ever received by the Amundsen for O&M and will allow the ship to maximize its days at sea in the Canadian Arctic.

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Platform Outcome Measurement Study

In 2014, the Amundsen was asked by the Canada Foundation for Innovation to participate in a Platform Outcome Measurement Study (POMS) aimed at assessing the outcomes and impacts of national and regional research platforms that have received funding under the CFI.

The POMS report was submitted in October 2014, and was followed by a site visit by an Expert Panel selected by the CFI. The visit took place over 1.5 days in Quebec City on 11 and 12 November and included an opening session on board the ship. The visit was led by the Expert Panel of four national and international specialists and was attended by five CFI representatives, 14 external observers (from DFO, Université Laval, CCG, NSERC, MDEIE, MESRST, CIHR, Research Manitoba) as well as the Amundsen team led by Louis Fortier. During the visit, the Amundsen team presented the platform, its research capacity, the research it has enabled since 2003, its mechanisms for knowledge transfer and the challenges of operating the state-of-the-art infrastructure.

The final report from the Expert Panel was overall extremely positive, highlighting the Amundsen’s scientific and technical capabilities; its role in revolutionizing Arctic science; its capacity to conduct internationally competitive, cross-disciplinary, cross-sector research; its engagement of end-uses; and its contribution to training a new generation of Arctic scientists.

More about the CFI POMS

POMS Report

Expert Panel Report

CCGS Amundsen on $50 Bank Note

The Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen was chosen to adorn the new Canadian $50 polymer bank note that was launched on 26 March 2012 at a ceremony held at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Quebec City. That the Amundsen was bestowed this honour is a spectacular indicator of the importance of the icebreaker, its research accomplishments, and its visibility in the public and media. This extraordinary recognition would not have been possible without the dedication, passion, determination, excellence and camaraderie of all those who have contributed to the Amundsen project.

The $50 note can be seen HERE and on the Bank of Canada website

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