Ottawa, December 6, 2010 — The Honourable Tony
Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced that the Harper
government is fast-tracking innovations from the lab to the
marketplace through grants to five new Centres of Excellence for
Commercialization and Research (CECR). This investment will create
jobs and help to foster environments where researchers are able to
commercialize their findings to the benefit of Canadians. The five
new centres will respectively support microelectronic businesses,
regenerative medicine technologies, medical imaging innovations,
monitoring technologies used in Canada's North, and the
"Our government understands that an innovative society and
economy depend on creative thinkers whose potential is encouraged
and supported," said Minister Clement. "That's why we
are investing in the ideas, products and technologies generated by
these Centres of Excellence to create jobs and businesses, help
develop highly skilled people, strengthen our economy and position
Canada for long-term prosperity."
The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (Bromont, Quebec), the
Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (Toronto,
Ontario), the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization and
Research (London, Ontario), Leading Operational Observations and
Knowledge for the North (St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador)
and the Wavefront Wireless Commercialization Centre (Vancouver,
British Columbia) will share $61.1 million over the next five years
to pursue major discoveries and product innovations and bring them
to the marketplace. Each of these new centres was selected
following a rigorous peer review process involving expert panels
and a private sector advisory board.
Dr. Suzanne Fortier, Chair of the Networks of Centres of
Excellence (NCE) Steering Committee and President of the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), said
the CECR program plays an integral role in the government's
science and technology (S&T) strategy for a more prosperous,
advanced and competitive Canada.
"We welcome these five Centres of Excellence into the NCE
family," said Dr. Fortier. "The centres help translate
leading-edge research into practical solutions for Canadians,
addressing many of our country's greatest health,
environmental, social and economic challenges."
The CECR program is a cornerstone of Canada's science and
technology (S&T) strategy, launched by Prime Minister Harper in
2007. The goals of the strategy are to encourage more private
sector investment in research and development, to ensure that
discoveries are translated into practical applications, to build
upon our strong research base to position Canada at the leading
edge of discoveries, and to develop, attract and retain the highly
skilled people that Canada needs to thrive in the global
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