SFU, Burnaby sign research pact

Jan 09, 2003, vol. 26, no. 1
By Carol Thorbes



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Two newly signed research partnership agreements are strength-ening long-term cooperation between municipal staff at the city of Burnaby and Simon Fraser University faculty on projects of mutual interest.

SFU President Michael Stevenson and Doug Drummond, when he was still Burnaby's mayor, signed the agreements before Christmas.

The agreements provide for further cooperation on research projects and teaching opportunities involving municipal issues, the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area and other city-owned parks and spaces.

City administrators will be able to more easily consult with SFU researchers in assessing the social, economic and physical impact of proposed municipal developments.

SFU researchers will be able to more readily use Burnaby's municipal government as a living laboratory to study the impact of municipal decisions on a city.

“The opportunity to contribute to the operation of municipal government in Burnaby through research, and simultaneously study the functioning of such government will provide faculty, staff and students with significant learning and experiential opportunities,” says Stevenson. A working group on research and teaching in Burnaby parks and open spaces will be established to review and approve collaborative research involving the BMCA and adjacent parks and space.

The group will be seeking project proposals that generate information on how the BCMA and other public areas could be better managed.

In honour of Drummond's accomplishments as mayor of Burnaby and his work in fostering relations with SFU, the university has named a newly created research fellowship after him.

The Doug Drummond research fellowship will be awarded annually to a SFU graduate student pursuing research on a subject related to the city of Burnaby.
The value of the fellowship will be based on a proportion of the income earned by an endowment fund.

Donations to the fund can be made by contacting SFU's advancement office.

Contact Gail McKechnie at 604-291-5315 or gail_mckechnie@sfu.ca

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