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December 07, 2007— Ottawa, Ontario

NRC, leading the way in information and communications technology

There is no doubt that information and communications technology (ICT) plays a key role in Canada's economy. In fact, this sector has grown three times as fast as the general Canadian economy, and has been supported by an increase in private sector research and development expenditures, reaching $5.7 billion in 2006.

Canada's 32,000 ICT companies, most of which have fewer than 100 employees, must continuously develop innovative technologies to successfully compete in this high-paced environment where technological changes occur on a daily basis.

When it comes to ICT, NRC provides the research expertise and facilities needed to help Canada forge ahead in this key sector of our economy. While we create and commercialize software and systems technology, our strengths lie in device integration, modeling and simulation and the development of leading edge materials.

Through our research and business services, we provide a competitive advantage to a myriad of industries – ranging from health care and manufacturing to transportation and entertainment. In fact, NRC is leading the way in Ottawa, as we presently operate a new $43 million photonics fabrication facility – the result of a visionary partnership with Carleton University and the Province of Ontario. The facility provides companies, universities and other organizations with prototyping services to develop leading-edge photonic devices and support the growth of the Canadian photonics sector.

In addition, NRC has brought key players in Fredericton's ICT and e-Business cluster together to pursue a common objective: seize a sizeable share of the global e-business market. Using the NRC information technology research facility as the cluster's hub, NRC is helping leading-edge firms turn federally funded research into marketable products.

In 2008, NRC will launch its ICT Sector Initiative as part of the NRC Strategy "Science at Work for Canada." The plan aims to address the needs of Canadian firms by collaboratively creating with industry the convergent platform technologies that will ensure global competitiveness for the future.

By working closely with Canadian ICT firms, NRC will build capability in gap areas and will continue to develop innovative technologies that will keep Canada at the forefront of this dynamic sector. 

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