National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

September 02, 2009 09:55 ET

Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada: Government of Canada Recognizes OmniGlobe Networks as a Canadian Innovation Leader

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today recognized OmniGlobe Networks Inc. as a Canadian Innovation Leader for developing high-tech solutions that help to improve satellite connectivity, cellular communications and broadband Internet access in remote and rural communities, linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs, and economic growth.

A Canadian Innovation Leader is a small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME) that demonstrates specific advances in research and development within its industrial sector. NRC created the Canadian Innovation Leader Certificate Program to recognize Canadian firms that have successfully developed and applied innovative technologies.

"Our government is investing more in science and technology because this is how to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister Goodyear. "Canada's Economic Action Plan provides more than $5.1 billion toward science and technology initiatives. This represents one of the single-largest federal budget investments in S&T to date, contributing to the creation of a stronger, more innovative economy and a more prosperous Canada."

OmniGlobe Networks' connectivity solutions combine satellite, wireless and cellular technologies, providing efficient delivery of broadband Internet and cellular phone services in rural and remote areas.

"Investing in science and technology is critical for developing highly skilled people and improving the long-term competitiveness of Canadian firms," said NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe. "That's why the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is helping innovative Canadian businesses such as OmniGlobe Networks grow stronger, faster and larger."

The Montreal-based firm, which has offices across Canada, continues to expand on its satellite-wireless and satellite-cellular delivery technology through the development of a complete suite of online tools that can be used by local administrators to isolate network faults and resolve service issues.

Meanwhile, OmniGlobe Networks was recently recognized by Branham magazine as the fastest growing technology company in Canada in 2008.

"NRC-IRAP has played a key role in the development of OmniGlobe Networks' unique and innovative technology," said Jason Neale, president and CEO of OmniGlobe Networks. "NRC-IRAP's vision in supporting OmniGlobe, both financially and with valuable guidance, has helped turn the company from a bedroom venture into one of the fastest growing companies in Canada."

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan has provided new resources of $200 million over the next two years to increase NRC-IRAP's support for innovative Canadian firms. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

For more information (media only), please visit NRC-IRAP's Web site

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