Dr. Ron Sparkes; Labrador Associate (Happy Valley-Goose Bay)
Dr. Derek Wilton; Acting Director and Chair, Liaison Committee (St. John's campus)
Mr. Darrell O'Brien; Chair, Advisory Board
Ms. Beatrice Decker; Administrative Assistant


The Labrador Institute of Memorial University was established by the University to stimulate, coordinate, and support major University projects and programmes designed to promote the well-being of the people of Labrador and to expand the Labrador knowledge base. Its location in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the administrative centre of Labrador, gives it a perspective on regional conditions and issues that directs the operations of the Institute.

The Institute identifies opportunities in research where the capabilities of Memorial may enhance our knowledge of Labrador and address concerns of the community, and identify educational needs for continuing human resource development.

It is the main contact point for the University in Labrador. The Institute maintains communications with community groups and the Faculties and Schools of the University to ensure that there is a timely response to research and educational opportunities.

The Institute facilitates and coordinates the activity of Memorial personnel as they undertake research and education activities. The Institute partners with Faculties and Schools to solicit funds for research and the delivery of educational programmes.

The Institute is not a regulatory body and does not interfere with the normal process of grant applications by individuals. However, it recommends that notice or copies of such applications be filed with the Institute to obviate duplication of effort within the University.


The Director of the Institute reports to the Vice-President (Academic).

The University Liaison Committee which is appointed by the Vice-President on the recommendation of the Deans and Directors maintains communications between the Institute and the Faculties and Schools. It advises on research and educational projects and priorities.

The Advisory Board, comprising Labrador residents, is appointed by the Vice-President on the recommendation of the Director of the Labrador Institute. The Board provides direct input from the community into the operations of the Institute.

The Labrador Institute maintains a centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay with facilities for teaching, research, seminars and conferences. An Information Centre provides a reference collection of publications on Labrador and other northern regions for public use and arranges inter-library loans through the main University library. Communication facilities available include teleconference and microcomputer systems linked with the St. John's campus.


The Labrador Institute along with the Office of Research acts as the agent within Memorial University which receives and disburses Northern Scientific Training Program grants received from the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Last modified on May 21, 2002 by MaryJane Puxley

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