According to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Theoretical Physics Institute of the University of Alberta, the Objective is the following:
"The objective of the Institute is to promote theoretical physics in Canada by providing at the University of Alberta a uniquely favourable environment for productive and significant research."
In practice, this objective is mainly accomplished by the use of TPI funds for bringing in visitors and visiting speakers and organizing conferences. These events provide opportunities for interactions among theorists in Canada and in particular expose those at the University of Alberta to ideas of those from the broader community.
Director: Richard Sydora