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Canada Economic Development

June 20, 2005 10:43 ET

Government of Canada Invests $4.55 Million Towards the Establishment of a World Leading Nanofabrication Centre by the Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 20, 2005) - The Honourable Jacques Saada, Minister of Canada Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, and Dr. Pierre Coulombe, President of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), today announced a contribution of $4.55 million for a joint project by the Canadian NanoBusiness Alliance (CNBA) and NRC aimed at setting up a nanoimprint lithography prototyping facility. Canada Economic Development and the NRC are contributing $2.4 million and $2.15 million respectively to the project. Financial support from industry is in addition to the government contribution.

The funding will cover a portion of the new facility's capital costs. The nanofabrication centre will be located at NRC's industrial materials research complex in Boucherville, adjacent to its existing NanoImprint Lithography (NIL) facility. NRC's contribution is aimed at upgrading the NIL, which will develop new nanofabrication technologies to be used at the new centre.

"Canada Economic Development's goal is to help enterprises increase their competitiveness. This is why we support organizations like the CNBA that can provide a unique service to SMEs interested in applying state-of-the-art technologies to improve their product offerings. Advances in the commercialization of nanotechnology in areas such as nanofabrication foster a culture of innovation that the Government of Canada is committed to support in order to build a more innovative country," stated Minister Saada.

"The field of nanotechnology is having an enormous impact on the development of technologies as diverse as electronic and photonic devices to biotechnology and clean energy production," said Dr. Coulombe. "This new complex will build upon NRC's expertise in this vital field, and will support and accelerate the commercialization of leading-edge, Canadian nanotechnology research."

Since its beginning in 2002, the CNBA has been a leading advocate for nanotechnology in Canada. Through a diverse representation of businesses, investors, researchers, academia and government agencies throughout Canada, the CNBA acts as a collective voice for Canada's nanotechnology business community.

Recognized globally for research and innovation, Canada's National Research Council (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology.

Canada Economic Development's mandate is to promote the economic development of the regions of Quebec. Primarily through financial assistance programs, the Agency elicits and supports the implementation of economic development projects. The two priorities the Agency has set itself are to foster innovation and the knowledge economy in each region of Quebec, and to help communities that are having difficulty adjusting to the new economy. In this way, the Agency contributes to the attainment of the Government of Canada's objective of building the 21st Century economy.

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Contact Information

  • Canada Economic Development
    Suzanne Thebarge
    Communications
    (514) 283-8012
    suzanne.thebarge@dec-ced.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Honourable Jacques Saada
    Canada Economic Development
    Daniel Dezainde, Press Secretary
    (514) 496-1282
    or
    National Research Council of Canada
    Richard Flynn
    Communications Officer
    (450) 641-5143
    richard.flynn@cnrc-nrc.gc.ca