National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

October 13, 2010 08:30 ET

Emerging Technologies Thrive in Canada

Saint John-based Mariner Partners Inc. recognized as a Canadian Innovation Leader

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, along with Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, today recognized Saint John-based Mariner Partners Inc. — a pioneer of internet protocol television (IPTV) technology and a global leader in IPTV deployment services — as a Canadian Innovation Leader for linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs and economic growth.

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

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.

"The National Research Council of Canada has assisted Mariner's international competitiveness though the research and development of new technologies in IPTV," said Curtis Howe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mariner. "To grow beyond our backyard in Canada, we need to differentiate Mariner through product innovation. The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program's support has been a valuable cornerstone to the foundation of Mariner's technical and commercial success."

Founded in 2003, Mariner is one of the largest independently-owned information technology companies in Atlantic Canada. Mariner's head office is located in Saint John, New Brunswick. There are satellite offices in Calgary, Regina, Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax. The Business Solutions division of Mariner focuses on business outcomes based IT solutions. Key markets include Health, Energy, Telecom and Government. Mariner is also a leading provider of innovative IPTV solutions with products like xVu service monitoring and frostt interactive TV.

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 small- and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.

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.

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

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 Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan
    Press Secretary