National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

August 11, 2009 11:17 ET

Government of Canada Supports Innovative Research and Development in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2009) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, PC, QC, Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced a contribution to Reif Estate Winery Inc. from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

The funding supports research and development projects that focus on developing innovative solutions for the winemaking industry.

"Our government is committed to building a competitive advantage for the Canadian private sector and supports these leading-edge technology solutions," said Minister Nicholson. "The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life."

This $194,600 contribution will support the Niagara-on-the-Lake-based company in three projects that will improve filtration systems for producing ice wines, innovate solutions that will help develop production methods for new products, and research new techniques for improving the production process.

"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 NRC-IRAP is helping innovative Canadian businesses such as Reif Estate Winery grow stronger, faster and bigger."

Reif Estate Winery produces world-renowned wines through innovative processes. Since 1989, Reif Estate Winery and NRC have successfully collaborated on 14 projects, linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs, and economic growth.

At the event, Reif Estate Winery is also being recognized as a Canadian Innovation Leader, 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.

"NRC-IRAP is playing an important role in the success of our company," said Klaus Reif, President and Chief Executive Officer of Reif Estate Winery. "The financial support we are receiving from NRC-IRAP will help us to continue producing world-class wines for the global marketplace."

About NRC and NRC-IRAP

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises.

The program is delivered by a field staff of 240 professionals in more than 100 communities across Canada. NRC-IRAP is committed to working with small and medium-sized enterprises while they realize their full potential, turning knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan has provided new resources of $200 million over the next two years to bolster NRC-IRAP 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

Contact Information

  • National Research Council Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications