TRU to receive $5M endowment for fire science research chair from BC

July 2, 2021
Thompson Rivers University will receive a $5M endowment from the Government of British Columbia to fund a new fire science research chair. The investment is part of a multi-million-dollar investment from BC into reducing the risk and impact of wildfires in the province. Dr Mike Flannigan has been named the BC research chair in predictive services, emergency management and fire science, and will focus on work related to predicting extreme fire weather, locations where wildfires start, and developing early warning wildfire notification systems. “Too many British Columbians have seen the devastating impacts of wildfires and the havoc wreaked on people’s lives, homes, local economies, wildlife and the environment,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “We’re fortunate to have the experience of Mike Flannigan assume this new research chair, the first of its kind in BC, and how this unique and timely research will benefit other post-secondary institutions through knowledge exchange.” BC (BC )