uCalgary president responds to criticism by former ISEEE director

February 1, 2013

University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon is defending the research done by the university's Institute of Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE). Last week, David Keith, the former director of a group within ISEEE, called it a failure, arguing that ISEEE is poorly managed and is not operating as independently from the private sector as it should. Keith claimed an academic was removed from his position at uCalgary at the request of an energy firm. When asked specifically about that allegation, Cannon said the university makes the hiring decisions and is accountable to them. Cannon says the institution has numerous partnerships with private industry, but operates independently of those companies. She says those partnerships make uCalgary better by providing scholarships and funding research. CBC