National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

August 18, 2009 14:10 ET

NRC: Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada

Government of Canada recognizes Systemes Easyblok Inc. as a Canadian Innovation Leader

ALMA, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2009) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today recognized Alma-based Systemes Easyblok Inc. as a Canadian Innovation Leader for developing an innovative dry construction system to simplify and accelerate building construction.

"The Government of Canada believes that funding in science and technology are investments in Canada's future," said Minister Blackburn. "Our ideas, innovation and inventiveness ensure our long-term economic competitiveness. Today, I am proud to recognize Systemes Easyblok, a successful Canadian firm, as a Canadian Innovation Leader."

Founded in 2005, Systemes Easyblok, a start-up company that is technically and financially supported by the BPDL group of companies, has developed an innovative dry construction system for simpler, easier and faster building construction. The company is working to create a turnkey solution for machine-tools, processes and raw materials plants to produce materials that are essential in building construction. The plants will be created by Systemes Easyblok and sold to builders and contractors, similar to a franchise.

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

"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 Systemes Easyblok grow stronger, faster and bigger."

"Our company has grown and acquired its reputation by building major constructions such as stadiums, hotels and hospitals. We are pleased that the EASYBLOK project is opening doors to a totally new product line for mass residential constructions and will help families who are looking for an affordable and durable home," explained Andre Bouchard, president of BPDL. "NRC-IRAP's collaboration was essential for our project to succeed, due to the high cost of research and development. This partnership extends beyond financial support and we have built a partnership that will help advance our project that much further."

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