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How LU faculty, students and staff are changing the world.

Federal Government Invests $49M in $104M Mineral Exploration Research Program.

Laurentian University is launching an unprecedented research effort to help the mineral industry make lower risk exploration investments in Canada and abroad and reverse the current lower discovery rates of new mineral deposits.


This seven-year initiative named Metal Earth received a boost of $49,269,000 over seven years from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF).  The announcement was made today by Sudbury Member of Parliament, Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt Member of Parliament, Marc Serré on behalf of the Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan. Twenty-two partners from academia, industry and government are providing $55 million in cash and in-kind contributions to this $104 million effort. 

CFREF helps Canadian postsecondary institutions excel globally in research areas that create long-term economic advantages for Canada. The inaugural competition led to five awards totaling $350 million in 2015. The federal government announced on Sept 6th ,$900 million to 13 universities out of 51 applicants. Each institution could only submit one application. A third competition is expected to be launched in 2021-22. Funding decisions were made by a high profile selection board following peer review based on scientific merit and demonstrated capacity to lead on an international scale, strategic relevance to Canada, and the quality of the implementation plan.

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New Researcher Profile

Dr. Pascal Lefebvre (4130)
Speech-Language Pathology Programs
Health Sciences Faculty

Current research projects:

I am currently conducting research projects on children’s speech, language and literacy with collaborators from school boards, a children’s hospital and a children’s treatment center. More precisely, I am interested the development of emergent literacy skills in French-speaking children and in children with speech-sound disorders. My research also focusses on knowledge translation of best practices regarding literacy education of children with or without communication disorders.  I also have a special interest in the implementation of the response-to-intervention (RTI) model in elementary schools.