Research funding critical, says new Cambrian president

April 12, 2013

Peter Lawlor, the newly appointed president of Cambrian College, says research dollars are the main fix to financial woes in PSE. Institutions across Canada have struggled to balance their books in recent years, and Lawlor says the key is landing research funding the federal government is offering to institutions that do work that directly benefits industry. "I think the college needs to be a first stop for applied research, and the assistance we can provide to business and industry with respect to their operations," Lawlor said. "I think there's an opportunity there for us." Even though he's currently a trades dean at NAIT and is a certified carpenter by trade, Lawlor says that doesn't necessarily mean the community should expect a larger trades emphasis at Cambrian. "Whatever industry and business in the community needs in that region, then that's what we should be focusing on." Helping Cambrian become a "first choice for our young people" is also something Lawlor hopes to promote. CBC | Northern Life