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August 28, 2009 13:44 ET

NRC: Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada

Government of Canada recognizes Duralite Diamond Drills as a Canadian Innovation Leader

TRITON, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), recognized Triton-based Duralite Diamond Drills as a Canadian Innovation Leader. Duralite Diamond Drills designs and builds light-weight, helicopter-portable drill rigs for the mining exploration industry.

"Our Government believes that investments in science and technology are investments in Canada's future," said Minister MacKay. "Our ideas, innovation and inventiveness ensure our long-term economic competitiveness. Today, I am proud to honour Duralite Diamond Drills, a successful Canadian firm, as a Canadian Innovation Leader."

Founded in 1999, Duralite Diamond Drills is a leader in portable drilling rigs due to the combination of durable-but-lightweight materials and the optimization of component size and weight, resulting in faster and cheaper transport and quicker assembly. Duralite Diamond Drills uses 90 per cent lightweight aluminum, resulting in a drill that is one third the weight of a conventional steel drilling rig. Designed for mineral exploration in remote areas, the lightweight drills mean significant cost savings for Duralite's clients, while ensuring the drills are simple, efficient and safe to use.

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 like Duralite Diamond Drills grow stronger, faster and bigger."

"Financial support and technical advice from NRC-IRAP gave us the confidence to research and develop innovative drill designs," explained Jerry Jones, President and owner of Duralite Diamond Drills. "Our customers don't just want a drill that's as light as possible. They need one that's reliable, safe and simple to operate and move. NRC-IRAP has helped us be successful right from the start."

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