The Jardin botanique de Montréal or Montreal Botanical Garden, is one of four municipal scientific museums committed to biodiversity and sustainable development. The botanical garden has approximately 22,000 taxa (species and cultivars) in culture in its 30 or so exterior thematic gardens and 10 exhibition greenhouses. The major exterior gardens include an arboretum, an alpine garden, a perennial and shade garden as well as Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens. Greenhouses contain extensive orchid, aroid, begonia, gesneriad, bromeliad, succulent and fern collections.
The University of Alberta Museums is a distributed network of 29 diverse museum collections located in faculties and departments across campus where they are used daily in teaching, research and community outreach programs. The University of Alberta collections include, but are not limited to: vascular plants, bryophyte, zoological, insect and fungal collections.
The University of Lethbridge is situated in southern Alberta on the banks of the Oldman River. It is a comprehensive university established in 1967 and currently offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The institution was founded on the liberal education tradition and has and enrolment of over 8000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Established in 1967, the University of Toronto Mississauga is the second-largest division of the University of Toronto (Canada's largest university), numbering about 11,700 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, 740 faculty and staff as well as over 40,000 alumni. U of T Mississauga has 15 distinct academic departments, as well as an Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology, offering 148 programs and 89 areas of study.
The Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre, part of Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, is a centre of excellence in biodiversity research and training, and in the conservation and digitization of biological collections.
Situated at the heart of the Montréal Botanical Garden, the Centre houses several plant, insect and fungal collections; cutting edge laboratories; an exhibition hall focused on biodiversity conservation and education; and the headquarters of the Canadensys network of biological collections (http://www.canadensys.net).