New Initiatives in Education

Published Friday March 31 2017

The R. Howard Webster Foundation has a long history of contributing to inspiring…

The R. Howard Webster Foundation has a long history of contributing to inspirational projects in the field of education.  From funding scholarships and bursaries to students of all levels and groundbreaking research in universities across Canada; to supporting emerging programs for children with learning disabilities, and to programs in sports education; to helping pioneer new programs in education; and to funding public schools in rural areas, the Foundation continues to maintain a strong interest in supporting organizations at the forefront of their field.


We invite you to peruse some of our recent grants highlighted below and gain firsthand knowledge of some innovative initiatives in various areas of education that exemplify the Foundation’s mission.



Canadian Institute for Advanced Research


The sky’s the limit: Advancing CIFAR’s program in Cosmology & Gravity


The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) is a Canada-based global research institute pursuing knowledge that will transform our world.  CIFAR addresses humanity’s grand challenges and opportunities by connecting top-tier interdisciplinary networks of the world’s visionary research leaders.  CIFAR convenes 14 global research networks to create transformative knowledge in areas as diverse as artificial intelligence, the origins of the universe, sustainable energy, and human health.

For the past decade, the R. Howard Webster Foundation has supported CIFAR’s program in Cosmology & Gravity, which unites leading astronomers and astrophysicists to collaboratively undertake the high-risk, high-reward research needed to reveal the structure and evolution of the universe - from the dawn of its existence to its ultimate fate.  Cosmology & Gravity has raised Canada’s global profile in the field; fellows in the program have contributed to the development of state-of-the-art technology such as the CHIME telescope, which will measure the acceleration of the universe to deepen knowledge of dark energy, and to breakthrough findings such as new pulsars, which shed light on the evolution of neutron stars.


The Foundation’s support for CIFAR has contributed to the work of leading astrophysicist and R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow Victoria Kaspi (McGill University).  In 2016, Dr. Kaspi was named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest level within the order, and received the highest accolade given to Canadian scientists: the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal. She is also director of the new McGill Space Institute.


Following its scheduled review process, the Cosmology and Gravity program was successfully renewed for a 5-year term and renamed Gravity and the Extreme Universe to reflect the new vision for research under the Dr. Kaspi leadership as Program Director. With the refocused program, Dr. Kaspi will lead an evolving group of CIFAR fellows to address profound questions about the nature of extreme gravity and other fundamental physics and astrophysics, using revolutionary new methods in gravitational wave detection together with advanced electromagnetic and particle experiments and observations.

As Dr. Kaspi and her collaborators continue to make new discoveries in the extreme universe, we are pleased to share some of them on our website. Please see the links below.

To learn more about Gravity and the Extreme Universe and Dr. Kaspi, please visit: 



Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence


The R. Howard Webster Foundation encourages the healthy academic and athletic balance of promising Quebec athletes through its support of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence


The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence’s (FAEQ) mission is to financially support and accompany student-athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence, and contribute to the growth of future models of Quebec society.


Quebec student-athletes are in good hands with the FAEQ. Not only do the most gifted athletes obtain financial support through various bursary programs, they also receive personalized services which accompany them through their academic career. The FAEQ offers these services to their athletes as early as high school, following through college and university all the way to their transition from an athletic to a professional career.


Academic and guidance counselling, networking, mentoring and individual planning are but some of the many services made available to all student-athletes receiving bursaries. The R. Howard Webster Foundation is pleased to contribute to the 2015-2020 fundraising campaign of the FAEQ by pledging a multi-year grant over the next five years. These funds will help the FAEQ bring their mission to life and support a greater number of student-athletes. The FAEQ will be awarding $ 1,500,000 in bursaries annually to 525 Quebec based student-athletes by the year 2020. For more information, please visit:


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