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University and foundation to create $4M Chair in Water and Global Health


March 23, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – Carleton University and the Jarislowsky Foundation will partner to create a $4-million endowed research chair designed to tackle the critical challenges of water and public health.

With a $2-million investment from the foundation, Carleton is establishing the new Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health, an academic position that will help provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation to communities across Canada and around the globe.

“With approximately 1.1 billion people worldwide lacking access to clean drinking water – and 2.4 billion lacking access to sanitation – we see a clear and urgent need for innovation and practical solutions,” said Carleton president Roseann O’Reilly Runte, in a news release. “We’re honoured to partner with Mr. Jarislowsky to lead research, train engineers and scientists, galvanize policy decisions and make a real difference.”

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The Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health builds on Carleton’s existing academic and research leadership in water issues, particularly in wastewater treatment, the universit said. Faculty members lead promising applied water-related research from various disciplines, including engineering, public policy, environmental monitoring and health.

“Water is one of the most critical health and environmental issues of our time, and as such it requires a multidisciplinary approach,” said Jarislowsky Foundation president Stephen Jarislowsky, who is chief executive officer of the Jarislowsky Foundation of one of Canada’s investment management firm.  

The Chair will be situated in the research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design (FED), specifically the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, but all activities will be interdisciplinary and pan-university. The faculty has launched an international recruitment effort to identify a scholar with interdisciplinary experience, collaborative approach and commitment to the protection of public health and the environment.