Canadian High Arctic Research Station
Progress on CHARS
In anticipation of the establishment of the new Canadian High Arctic Research Station organization, the Government of Canada is seeking dynamic, innovative individuals with Northern expertise and experience for the positions of President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
In filling these positions, the Government will have regard to balancing not only the knowledge and experience that will assist the new Canadian High Arctic Research Station organization in carrying out its purpose, but also the cultural and demographic diversity of Canada’s Arctic.
On December 16, 2014 the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act received Royal Assent. The Act establishes a new federal research organization called the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership on polar science and technology. CHARS will combine the resources and knowledge of the Canadian Polar Commission and Canadian High Arctic Research Station program at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada into a single federal organization. The CHARS Act will come into force on a date determined by the Governor in Council. Though much work remains to be done, once the Act comes into force CHARS will be officially established as a new organization.
In October 2014, the steel structure for one of the first buildings on the CHARS campus was erected. Construction will continue through the winter.
On August 23, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction phase of CHARS, which is expected to take three years.
On May 21, 2014, as a result of an open, fair and transparent competitive process, the Canadian company EllisDon Corporation in a joint venture with NCC Dowland Construction Ltd. was awarded the contract to manage the construction of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS).
On March 3, 2014 Dr. Martin Raillard was appointed Chief Scientist of CHARS. He will lead the implementation of the Science and Technology program.
For more information about CHARS visit our About CHARS page.
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