National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

September 24, 2010 10:15 ET

Economic Action Plan Supports Communication and Electronics Innovation in Quebec

Montreal-based Averna also recognized as a Canadian Innovation Leader

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2010) - Senator Judith Seidman, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced a contribution of $1,000,000 to Averna from the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program.

The funding supports an innovative research and development project that will assist Averna in maintaining its technological leadership and achieving its business mission by bringing new communications and electronics devices to market in record time.

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Senator Seidman. "This government is supporting Canadian firms that successfully develop innovative technologies. Canada's Economic Action Plan is supporting scientific research and commercialization, while creating good jobs and economic growth."

Canada's Economic Action Plan provided new resources of $200 million to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program over two years to support innovative Canadian firms. To learn more, visit Canada's Economic Action Plan website (

A Canadian Innovation Leader Certificate was also presented to Averna to highlight its success as an innovative Canadian firm that has successfully linked scientific research to commercialization, jobs and economic growth.

The $1,000,000 contribution will enable the Montreal-based company to increase its research and development workforce with the recruitment of twelve additional specialists. This will help increase Averna's sales of radio frequency test systems by an estimated 25 percent over the next year, giving the company a stronger foothold in North American, European, and Asian markets.

"In the span of ten years, Averna has helped transform the way communication and electronic devices are tested," said Richard Maltais, Chief Operating Officer of Averna. "We have brought the benefits of virtual instrumentation to innovative companies who need to accomplish more with less, as wireless and other technologies become more complex, and as product launch cycles accelerate. The support that NRC-IRAP gives to Averna is influential in helping us maintain a market edge in radio frequency test systems."

Incorporated in 1999, Averna is a premier test system provider for communications and electronics device makers worldwide, helping deliver a better end user experience. Averna products include Proligent(R) enterprise test software, Universal Receiver Tester (URT(TM)) radio frequency test platform, and DP-360. These test solutions allow the company's clients to accelerate product development, achieve superior quality throughout the lifecycle, and solve critical supply-chain issues. Averna has multiple centers of expertise worldwide. It has won many awards including the Best in Test Award 2010 (Board and System Test, and Test Development and Analysis Software categories) as well as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year(R)Quebec 2009 (Technology category).

About National Research Council of Canada and its Industrial Research Assistance Program

The 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 of Canada 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.

For more information (media only), please visit the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program's website (

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