Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Background
In 2011, the Government of Alberta created the Campus Alberta Innovation Program Chairs as part of its Campus Alberta collaborative initiative. This prestigious program provides an initial sixteen research chairs at Alberta’s four Comprehensive Academic and Research Intensive (CARI) institutions: Athabasca University, University of Alberta (U of A), University of Calgary (U of C), and University of Lethbridge (U of L). The program is designed to recruit new research leaders to Alberta in specific areas. The Chairs are aligned with the four strategic priority areas of the Alberta Innovates Corporations and Alberta Advanced Education and Technology: Energy and Environment, Food and Nutrition, Neuroscience/Prions and Water. Chairs are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and may receive adjunct appointments at their sister institutions.
Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Watershed science
The appointment was offered by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences on July 2016. The program provides foundation to conduct exceptional research in the area of Watershed Science and Modelling with a focus on Water-Food-Energy-Environment relationship that is based on improved environmental models addressing hydrology-hydrogeology, surface-ground water interaction, biogeochemical and nutrient cycling in watersheds. The CAIP appointment provides an exceptional opportunity to develop strong collaborative network and interactions with industrial partners, government, and academic research partners in Alberta focused on water resources in western and/or northern Canada.