National Research Council Canada-NRC

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December 11, 2009 13:10 ET

Government of Canada Supports Research and Innovation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2009) - Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orleans, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced a contribution for PIKA Technologies Inc. from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Mr. Galipeau. "Canada's Economic Action Plan provides close to $5 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."

This $500,000 contribution from NRC-IRAP will support the Ottawa-based company in researching and developing a leading-edge telephony board that functions as a smaller version of a computer. PIKA Technologies will also develop wireless integration for this appliance. This new technology will be more compact and cost-effective, benefiting small businesses with limited space.

"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 PIKA Technologies grow stronger, faster, and bigger."

PIKA Technologies' leading-edge solutions support a wide-range of telephony-related products such as call recording, fax servers, interactive voice response systems, voice mail and teleconferencing applications. These products make communicating easier, allowing businesses to connect seamlessly with employees and clients around the world.

Meanwhile, PIKA Technologies is also being recognized as a Canadian Innovation Leader for 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 the company," said Jim Pinard, President of PIKA Technologies. "The financial support we are receiving from NRC-IRAP will help us continue to innovate high-tech solutions for the telecommunications industry in Canada and around the world."

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