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February 18, 2010 12:41 ET

NRC: Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada

MP Rodney Weston recognizes Saint John, NB firm as a Canadian Innovation Leader

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - Mr. Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today recognized Saint John-based Kinek Technologies as a Canadian Innovation Leader for their innovative approach to developing web based technologies.

"Our government supports science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of lives of Canadians," said Mr. Weston. "I am proud to recognize Kinek Technologies, a successful Saint John firm, as a Canadian Innovation Leader."

Kinek Technologies (KTI) is an innovative software solution provider. Currently, KTI has created two distinct products, the "Kinek Alternative Delivery Solution" and the "Wellness Record" program, both supported by the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program.

KTI has developed an advanced infrastructure to manage an international network of alternative delivery locations called Kinek Points that link merchants, delivery firms and receiving locations, providing e-consumers with a package delivery service that is efficient, convenient, and secure.

The other KTI product, the "Wellness Record," is a tracking software that enables healthcare providers and corporations to manage and enhance new or existing wellness programs without compromising an individual's privacy. The technology allows individuals to embrace their own wellness programs and connect to healthcare teams, while retaining control over personal information in a secure environment.

Two spin-off companies have been generated as a result of these technologies: Kinek and APPLEPEAK to handle the commercialization of KTI solutions in both Canada and the United States.

A Canadian Innovation Leader is a small- or medium-sized enterprise that demonstrates specific advances in research and development within its industrial sector. The National Research Council of Canada 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 Acting President Daniel Gosselin. "That's why the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program is helping innovative Canadian businesses like Kinek Technologies grow stronger, faster and bigger."

"Kinek Technologies is committed to enhancing quality of life through the use of technology" said Kerry McLellan, CEO of Kinek Technologies. "With the help and support of the NRC, we have fine-tuned production technology, our product development, and quality monitoring programs."

About NRC and NRC-IRAP

The NRC 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 NRC 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 the NRC's support for innovative Canadian firms. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

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