National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

August 28, 2009 13:30 ET

Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada: Government of Canada Recognizes Ultra-Tactical Communication Systems (TCS) as a Canadian Innovation Leader

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today recognized Ultra-Tactical Communication Systems (TCS), a division of Ultra Electronics Canada Defence Inc., as a Canadian Innovation Leader for developing advanced radio communication systems for the defense and aerospace industry, linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs, and economic growth.

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.

"Our government is investing more in science and technology because this is how to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister Goodyear. "Canada's Economic Action Plan provides more than $5.1 billion toward science and technology initiatives. This represents one of the single-largest federal budget investments in S&T to date, contributing to the creation of a stronger, more innovative economy and a more prosperous Canada."

Ultra-Tactical Communication Systems is a leading global supplier of Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio relay and area communications systems, operating primarily in a land forces environment of the military communications arena.

"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 Ultra-Tactical Communication Systems grow stronger, faster and larger."

"NRC-IRAP is playing an important role in our success" said Iwan Jemczyk, President of Ultra-Tactical Communication Systems. "The financial support we receive from NRC-IRAP, together with our strategic partnerships, are helping our company design, develop, and manufacture electronic systems for defense and aerospace markets worldwide."

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan has provided new resources of $200 million over the next two years to increase NRC-IRAP's 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

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  • National Research Council Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications