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July 07, 2007— Ottawa, Ontario

NRC – A Focus on Industry

While Canadian industries adapt and reposition themselves to respond to increased global competition, productivity issues and converging technologies, they must also grapple with changing demographics, and environmental and energy challenges.

This all points to a pressing need to develop critical competencies over the next 15 years that will address these global challenges. If Canada is to take its place among the world's leading innovators, we must make the landscape more conducive to science and technology innovation and ensure that our advances are commercially successful.

We must create conditions to leverage the skills of our valuable human resources, help companies and entire industries access distant markets, and improve our management of knowledge and resources.

To meet key global challenges, we must reduce the barriers between organizations, working collaboratively with effective, focused and determined leadership at all levels. It is becoming increasingly clear that no industry can go it alone in this economic, technological and social climate.

In this regard, NRC is moving forward to contribute to the competitiveness of Canadian industry in key sectors – those important to Canada's economy. The sectors we have identified are R&D and knowledge intensive and rely on groundbreaking innovation to stay ahead of the competition. They are sectors where NRC can mobilize its expertise and capabilities to have the most significant impact for Canada.

More specifically, we intend to support the aerospace, automotive, electronic instruments, manufacturing and materials, engineering, construction, information and communications technologies (ICT), pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, agriculture and chemicals sectors. We will help these sectors by providing their companies with unprecedented support as they innovate and commercialize their technologies, and by expanding our stellar technology clustering efforts across Canada.

It is NRC's commitment to strengthen Canada's innovation system by increasing our capacity to transfer technology and better integrate our strengths to improve industry's power to innovate.

It is our goal to evolve NRC in a way that will create the best possible value for Canadians.

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