University Partners With Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments · News, News Release

fossils.jpgThe University of Manitoba and the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC) recently signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two organizations work together on a broad array of academic and research programs.

It’s a milestone achievement for the CFDC, and one the museum has been working toward for years, said board president Henry Penner.

“CFDC’s decades of hard work and dedication toward fossil discovery, research, and educational programming are starting to pay huge rewards. Our organization has been developing this resource for the last 40 years,” he said. “We are so pleased to now be working in cooperation with the University of Manitoba to advance our joint interest in higher education and quality academic research.”

“The rich geology and 80-million-year-old marine fossil assemblage associated with the CFDC are unique resources within Canada. This collaboration thus generates exciting new opportunities for students’ and staff alike at the University of Manitoba,” says Digvir S. Jayas, vice-president (research) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba.

The agreement provides a platform for the CFDC and the University to work together to develop academic programs and courses; coordinate staff and students for lab and field orientated teaching, research and training projects; collaborate on joint research, publication, and academic events; and exchange documentation and research expertise.

“This partnership offers a diverse range of hands-on research and education possibilities for our students and faculty. The centre’s impressive fossil collection is widely used by scientists nationally and internationally, and we are delighted to foster its continued development,” says Jayas.

The formal details of the arrangement will be worked out over the next few months, led by Kevin Campbell, CFDC board member and associate professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba.

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre houses the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada, including a 43-foot long mosasaur named “Bruce”, the largest mosasaur in the country. Housed in Morden’s Access Event Centre, the CFDC is working towards building a new state-of-the-art facility in the Manitoba Escarpment.

For more information please contact Tyler Schroeder, General Manager, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, at 204-822-3406,

Or Janine Harasymchuk, Research Communications & Marketing Manager, University of Manitoba, at 204-474-7300 (janine_harasymchuk@umanitoba.ca)

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