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November 03, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario

Bill Matthews, Member of Parliament for Burin-St. George's, on behalf of Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the National Research Council (NRC), and Dr. Arthur Carty, NRC President, opened an NRC Industry Partnership Facility (IPF) in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

"The National Research Council, through its cluster strategy, is developing the kinds of communities that become magnets for investment and opportunity," said Allan Rock. "This addition to NRC's Institute is an important new element of the Newfoundland and Labrador innovation climate and has a unique role to play in building an internationally competitive ocean technologies cluster based in St. John's."

"This facility will be a cornerstone in the initiative to grow a world-class ocean technology cluster in St. John's," said MP Matthews. "It will help attract new companies to the province and foster new ideas for the marine-based sector, which will benefit all Canadians."

The new $5.7 million, 3,500 square metre facility will provide entrepreneurs with access to world-class expertise and to state-of-the-art facilities to help develop, test and commercialize new ocean technologies. It will also provide office space for incubating and established companies in the field, as well as conference rooms and an expanded NRC Information Centre for scientific and technical information.

Role of IPFs

IPFs provide the key ingredients for the growth of successful and innovative firms: world-class research facilities, unique R&D programs, collaboration and technology transfer opportunities. A survey of IPF tenants carried out in 2002-2003 determined that over 80 percent were very satisfied with their access to NRC facilities and close to 70 percent reported excellent access to researchers and research expertise. Local IPFs provide a window to NRC's national and international networks for additional resources.


"Today, we are taking another step in developing a sustainable and competitive ocean technology cluster for Newfoundland and Labrador," said Dr. Carty. "NRC's new facility will help continue to support the region's innovative capacity, while bolstering Canada's knowledge-based economy."

The NRC Industrial Partnership Facility will integrate science and business to create new technologies and new opportunities in many sectors of the economy. In St. John's, NRC is working with the federal, provincial and municipal governments, local industry and other research organizations to build momentum for a sustainable, broad-based cluster in ocean technologies. Funding for this facility was made available though the Atlantic Investment Partnership, which seeks to foster Atlantic Canada's competitive edge in the global knowledge-based economy.

Dr. Carty also announced the renaming of the NRC Institute for Marine Dynamics (NRC-IMD), home to the new Industrial Partnership Facility. The new name is the NRC Institute for Ocean Technology (NRC-IOT), reflecting the institute's expanded focus on new marine and ocean technologies, as well as on emerging opportunities for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The NRC-IOT was established in 1985 to provide innovative solutions and technical expertise in support of Canadian ocean technology industries. It is a world leader in marine engineering R&D, with programs in propulsion systems, safety at sea, ship-model correlation, aquaculture technology, underwater vehicles, deep water technologies, wave impacts, and ice forces on structures and vessels. Researchers work with domestic and international companies to develop Canadian industries, including those related to oil and gas, shipping and ship design, and many others.

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