National university open house showcases benefits of investments

November 13, 2018
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Student researchers help launch Open Doors, Open Knowledge 2018 at Carleton University.

Carleton University hosts national launch of Open Doors, Open Knowledge with celebration of student researchers

Local and national business leaders, government representatives, university leaders and students gathered at Carleton University in Ottawa yesterday morning to launch a national university open house. Open Doors, Open Knowledge, taking place over the coming week, highlights how investments in students’ learning and research spaces drive prosperity and innovation, create jobs and prepare students for the future of work.

Universities across Canada are opening their doors to Parliamentarians and communities to showcase the many ways public investments are contributing to students’ learning, hands-on opportunities for discovery, stronger communities and a greener Canada.

The launch event was co-hosted by Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University, and Pari Johnston, vice-president of policy and public affairs at Universities Canada. Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer spoke about the importance of skills and talent development, and top student researchers at Carleton discussed how their engagement in research opportunities is having a long-term impact on the Ottawa community, local economy and their futures.

“When you work or study at a university in Canada, you’re very aware of just how important federal funding is for research and innovation,” said Dr. Bacon. “Government support makes it possible to attract and retain the best students and faculty to our university and to Canada, so we can compete in the global race for talent. Federal funding is absolutely critical to the important research we do at Carleton in key areas such as energy conservation, health care, cybersecurity, aerospace, the North and sustainability. This research changes lives — in Canada and around the world.”

“Hearing from such inspiring young researchers underscores how Canada’s universities are developing the next generation of research talent, innovators, community leaders and entrepreneurs,” said Ms. Johnston. “When governments invest in universities, they are investing in Canada’s future.”

Open Doors, Open Knowledge, Strategic Investments in Skills and Talent runs from November 12 to 18 at campuses from coast to coast. Universities are organizing events including panel discussions, student showcases and innovation open houses.  For more information and a full listing of events, please visit



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