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September 11, 2009 16:10 ET

Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada

Government of Canada recognizes Advanced Water Technologies as a Canadian Innovation Leader

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2009) - Mr. Rick Casson, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today recognized Advanced Water Technologies Inc. as a Canadian Innovation Leader for developing innovative solutions for water restoration, 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 Mr. Casson. "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."

The Alberta-based company specializes in environmentally friendly solutions for lake and pond restoration, aquaculture, degreasing and water treatments. Its main clients are golf courses, resorts and municipalities. Its products are used to digest organic build-up and remove soluble organic compounds.

"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 Advanced Water Technologies grow stronger, faster and larger."

Advanced Water Technologies works in partnership with NRC and Lethbridge College. This strategic collaboration successfully highlights how industry, government and academia work together to create more jobs and more economic opportunities for Canadians.

"NRC-IRAP is playing an important role in the success of this innovative aquaculture company," said Dr. Phyllis Day Chief, CEO of Advanced Water Technologies. "The financial support we receive from NRC-IRAP, together with our strategic partnerships, is helping Advanced Water Technologies develop water restoration solutions for global markets."

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

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