National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

February 22, 2010 12:00 ET

MP Rodney Weston Announces Economic Action Plan Investment in Innovative Local Business

Funding to Ambir Technology Group Inc. will help keep high quality jobs in Canada

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2010) - Mr. Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced a contribution of $333,000 to Ambir Technology Group Inc. from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program.

The funding supports an innovative research and development project that will assist Ambir Technology Group in automating some of the technical support of offshore call centres, enabling network and computer specialists to maintain these centres remotely.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Mr. Weston. "This project will help Ambir Technology expand their business and stimulate our local economy."

This $333,000 contribution will assist the Saint John-based company in developing flexible and secure remote monitoring systems that can control multiple call centres simultaneously. Call centres in many offshore locations require network and computer specialists to maintain and upgrade their complex systems. The new technology being developed by Ambir Technology Group will automatically fix simple software problems, and flag the more complex problems to Canadian-based technicians. This will enable companies to employ high-value computer specialists in Canada.

"Investing in science and technology is critical for developing highly skilled people and improving the long-term competitiveness of Canadian firms," said Acting NRC President Daniel Gosselin. "That's why NRC-IRAP is helping innovative Canadian businesses like Ambir Technology Group grow stronger, faster and bigger."

Ambir Technology Group is an information and communication technology (ICT) consulting and application development outsourcing company. It is a full service consulting firm that assists organizations with IT solutions from concept to implementation.

"NRC-IRAP is playing a key role in the success of the company," said John Munro, Vice President Sales & Marketing. "The financial support we are receiving from NRC-IRAP has played an integral part in helping continue to innovate by using leading edge technology and providing access to world class researchers."

About NRC and NRC-IRAP

The National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program 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. The National Research Council 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 to the Industrial Research Assistance Program over the next two years to support innovative Canadian firms. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

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