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Olds College CEO Calls For Equitable Federal Funding to Boost Post Secondary Research

The President and CEO of Olds College delivered some compelling testimony earlier this week, before a federal government Standing Committee on Scientific Research, urging for a re-evaluation of the distribution of federal spending to better support post secondary research activities.

Dr. Ben Cecil underscored the critical role in which his college and others play in advancing research and innovation within their local communities and industries.

Cecil emphasized a need for equity in funding allocation, stressing that colleges have consistently demonstrated their ability to deliver real world solutions to pressing challenges faced by Canadians.

He continued his testimony by outlining three key areas for reform: equity, eligibility and impact, before concluding with a bold recommendation to allocate increased funding to colleges and measure their impact on key metrics over the coming years.

Dr. Cecil believes such investments would yield significant returns for the Canadian economy and position Canada as a global leader in applied research.

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