KENORA – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora Riding), on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced an investment of $40,500 for the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).
“Northerners know what an absolute asset the ELA is, not only to our region, but to the global scientific community, and they are extremely proud that it is located right here in the Kenora riding,” stated Nault. “With the investment announced today, these scientists will be able to develop a unique, knowledge-based eco-tourism opportunity in the Kenora riding.”
This FedNor funding has enabled the world-renowned IISD-ELA to retain professional architectural services to prepare detailed designs, cost estimates and a work plan to guide the eventual construction of its proposed Water Science Education and Training Centre.
The Centre’s design will adopt principles of clean energy and green technology, helping to eliminate the IISD-ELA’s diesel footprint, and will reflect Indigenous teachings, culture and values. The building will be a model of leading-edge environmental innovation and will be IISD-ELA’s central welcoming facility for its diverse community of researchers, students and guests from across the planet.
“Innovation is the driving force behind a modern economy and this government recognizes the importance of encouraging Canadian researchers to help them capitalize on opportunities that lead to business growth and the creation of well-paying jobs,” stated Nault. “Projects such as this, help unleash the potential of new technologies for the benefit of all Canadians.”