UVic Torch -- Spring 2009
Autumn 2009,
Volume 30, Number 2

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Don Drummond, BA ’76

CFI Grants

Engineering and science researchers enjoyed unprecedented support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation during the federal agency’s latest round of grants. Four projects received a total of $33.5 million, including: a new superconducting electron accelerator at the TRIUMF lab in Vancouver; a university-based vessel and ROV platform for multidisciplinary ocean research on the coast; new subsea laboratories for the VENUS cabled ocean networks; and an advanced optics system for the 30-metre telescope.

Building and Renos

A new residence building, with room for 106 students, started construction this summer near the Cadboro Commons Building. Other projects underway focus on six of the older buildings on campus. The University Centre, Clearihue, Cornett, Elliot, MacLaurin and Cunningham buildings — all 40 years old or more — are receiving upgrades to improve safety and energy efficiency and to reduce maintenance requirements. Funding of $42.4 million came from the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

Legacy Awards

The UVic Legacy Awards were given out on Oct. 13 at the Victoria Conference Centre to a pair of outstanding researchers, an economically astute alumnus, and a key builder of the Vikes athletics program. Mechanical Engineering Prof. Sadik Dost and English Prof. Emeritus Patrick Grant were honoured for their research careers. TD Bank Financial Group senior VP and chief economist Don Drummond, BA ’76, received the Alumni Legacy Award. And Ian Stewart, QC, former chair of the board of governors and prime architect of the UVic approach to athletics and recreation received the Legacy Award for Sport.

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