Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

December 18, 2007 16:39 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Establishes Advisory Board for Relocation of CANMET-MTL

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2007) - MP David Sweet (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today that an 18-member advisory board has been established for the relocation of the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (CANMET-MTL) from Ottawa to McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) in Hamilton.

The board includes representatives from industry, academia and government who will provide counsel to Minister Lunn on issues related to the relocation of the CANMET-MTL.

Today at McMaster Innovation Park, Mr. Sweet, along with Peter George, President of McMaster University, also unveiled a sign at the future site of the lab and announced that the detailed building design is underway.

Budget 2006 and Budget 2007 allocated funding for the relocation of CANMET-MTL to a new, state-of-the-art research facility at MIP in Hamilton. The relocation will help CANMET-MTL reposition itself as a leader in research for the steel, pipeline, automotive materials and other metal manufacturing industries. The move supports the Government of Canada's commitment to create a Knowledge Advantage in Canada with the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world.

"McMaster Innovation Park will attract new companies, create highly skilled jobs and establish a world-class site for research in material sciences," said Mr. Sweet. "It's the perfect location for CANMET-MTL - a place that combines the best people, outstanding skills, new ideas and advanced technologies from industry, academia and the public sector - to create a competitive edge for Canada."

"The co-location of the CANMET personnel at the MIP, working along-side university and private sector researchers, will strengthen Canada's manufacturing sector," said Dr. Peter George, President of McMaster University. "At a time when our manufacturers are under so much pressure, combining private sector resources with those of government and universities will create a formidable force in materials and manufacturing."

Following completion of the detailed building design, construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008, with staff scheduled to relocate beginning April 2010.

CANMET-MTL is Canada's leading materials research facility, supporting excellence and innovation in industry. It is being relocated to the heart of Canada's automotive and metal manufacturing sectors. The relocation will enhance CANMET-MTL's ability to support industry by contributing to the development and commercialization of new materials and products.

The Government of Canada is supporting Canadian researchers and innovators in developing new ideas and bringing them to the marketplace through Canada's Science and Technology Strategy.

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M.P. David Sweet, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, has announced the establishment of an 18-member advisory board for the relocation of the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory from Ottawa to McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton. The board includes representatives from industry, academia and government.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

Relocation Advisory Board: CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

Contact Information

  • Media may contact:
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Louise Girouard
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    613-996-2007
    or
    McMaster University, Hamilton
    Lori Dillon
    Manager, Research Communications
    (Research & International Affairs)
    905-525-9140, ext. 27002
    or
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