The provincial and federal governments announced an investment of
more than $1 million in projects for Memorial University’s Bonne Bay
Marine Station and Grenfell Campus May 13.
The announcement was made by Premier Dwight Ball and Amarjeet Sohi,
minister, Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of Navdeep Bains,
minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and minister
responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Gudie
Hutchings, member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, also
participated in the announcement.
The investments will support efforts to enhance programming at
Memorial University’s Bonne Bay Marine Station and the establishment of a
collaborative partnership between Grenfell Campus and the artistic,
environmental and tourism clusters in the Gros Morne National Park
The goal of these initiatives is to bolster the region’s diversity
and capacity, stimulate tourism and business growth, and foster vibrant
communities for the benefit of residents, visitors, students and
businesses in the area.
Memorial University received a non-repayable investment
of $498,892 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
and $400,000 from Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation (TCII) to
improve infrastructure at the Bonne Bay Marine Station to support program enhancement and diversification.
Grenfell Campus also
received a non-repayable investment of $84,160 from ACOA and $85,050
from TCII to engage a consultant to establish and develop a Gros
Morne-Grenfell Campus Innovation and Sustainability Cluster to formalize
a collaborative relationship between the campus and the Gros Morne National Park (GMNP) region.
The BBMS project includes renovations to the existing building to
enhance the public aquarium and lecture theatre space for the performing
arts, experiential tourism, research and teaching; construction of a
new 900-square-foot building adjacent to the existing building to house a
gallery/studio/creative space; and acquisition of state-of-the-art
equipment to diversify science-based ecotourism offerings in
collaboration with local tourism operators and other community partners.
Dr. Duncan McIlroy, interim director, Bonne Bay Marine Station says
the funding will enable the Bonne Bay Marine Station to increase its
capacity, both as a multidisciplinary scientific and teaching resource,
and to expand its usership to better support initiatives in the greater
Bonne Bay region to showcase and enhance its reputation as a hub for the
“The retrofit of the public aquarium will involve the creation of new
aquaria, which will be designed to better demonstrate the ecology of
Bonne Bay and the research projects in the region, and modernize the
displays to improve the visitor experience,” said Dr. McIlroy.
“Our partners on the Norris Point waterfront, Gros Morne Adventurers
and BonTours, as well as local schools, will benefit from the improved
joint programming, such as our boat-based tours, which have
traditionally been focused on plankton, augmented by the acquisition of a
submersible remotely operated vehicle and underwater cameras through
the Oceans Learning Partnership.”
The other main component of the BBMS support will involve the
building of a creative space/gallery that will be made available to
artists, in collaboration with Creative Gros Morne. This will help build
capacity to host artists-in-residents.
The station already collaborates extensively with partners at
Creative Gros Morne and the Gros Morne Cooperating Association, being a
venue for a playwrights workshop, a dancers-in-residence program and a
student artists-in-residence program supported by Grenfell Campus.
Dr. Ivan Emke, vice president (Grenfell Campus) pro tempore, represented
President Kachanoski at the event and spoke to the impact the
investment will have on the region and Grenfell Campus.
“I am grateful to ACOA and the province for their investments in our
campus and our burgeoning relationship with this magnificent national
park and the folks working here in artistic, environmental and tourism
circles,” he said.
“The investment will support our work in ensuring Grenfell Campus and
the Gros Morne region are sustainable and continue to flourish in the
arts, in environmental sectors and in the tourism industry.”
The provincial and federal governments announced an investment of more than $1 million in projects for the Bonne Bay Marine Station and Grenfell Campus May 13.
Photo: Pamela Gill
From left are Amarjeet Sohi, minister, Infrastructure and Communities, and Dr. Ivan Emke, vice-president (Grenfell Campus).
Photo: Joyce Reesor