A champion of scientific investment
In 1975, when natural resources revenues provided the Province of Alberta with a substantial surplus, Premier Lougheed had the foresight to envision a Heritage Foundation for the future support and development of the potential talent and capacity of young Albertans. In October 1979, The Honourable Peter Lougheed introduced an Act to the Alberta Legislature to establish the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, which was to be administered at arm’s length from the provincial government. In the succeeding twenty years, this Foundation supported medical scientists in Alberta with grants totalling $35-40 million annually.
The Honourable Peter Lougheed and Dr. John Bradley were jointly nominated and inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.