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New Agreement Sees LU Partner Institution Flourish, Tackle Climate Change

Climate Risk Institute, fresh off of being awarded a provincial contract, is a spinoff of LU's MIRARCO

Dec. 16, 2020 -- Laurentian University is pleased to announce the signing of an Affiliation Agreement with the Climate Risk Institute (CRI). CRI is a not-for-profit corporation focused on delivering services and advancing practice related to climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning through programs and projects that focus on mobilizing knowledge and building capacity. This agreement will enable a rich range of opportunities for collaboration, including student learning, research collaboration, and program development.  This relationship will foster enhanced knowledge and understanding of climate change impacts through climate services founded on experience, expertise, science and local knowledge. 

Strengthening CRI's links to an academic setting will boost its ability to access research which will enhance Laurentian's commitment to climate change action. This collaboration will help build relationships between researchers, local practitioners, and decision-makers to inform resilience action in communities and sectors.

CRI was officially formed in 2019, and stems from nearly twenty years of similar climate change adaptation work at Laurentian-owned not-for-profit MIRARCO Mining innovation. This work continues to mobilize knowledge and improve climate resiliency practices across professions and sectors through domestic and international collaboration. Laurentian looks forward to continued partnership, and elevating our position as a global leader in environmental stewardship.

“The Climate Risk institute is pleased to have this tie to Laurentian University. Our partnership will go a long way to providing students with experiential learning opportunities and to advance collaboration on climate change research in Ontario and Canada. This linkage will also provide support to northern Ontario communities as they continue to develop plans for increasing climate change resilience.
Al Douglas - President of the Climate Risk Institute

“We at Laurentian University are looking forward to working with Climate Risk Institute. This agreement will ensure that our institutions support student learning, collaborate on research, share program development, and deliver climate services founded on experience, expertise, science and local traditional knowledge.”
Robert Haché - President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University.