Industry Canada

Industry Canada

February 28, 2011 11:30 ET

Harper Government Highlights Canadian Commercialization Success

Research and Development Investments Strengthen Economy, Improve Quality of Life

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2011) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, visited EMS Technologies Canada today to announce the results of Government of Canada-funded research and development projects that are supporting the company's successful commercialization of an aircraft–satellite communications system. This innovative company received support from the Government of Canada through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI). The Minister was joined by several of his caucus colleagues at other companies across Canada, highlighting similar commercialization successes that are strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians.

"Our government is supporting Canadian companies that invest in research and development to bring new ideas to the marketplace, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy," said Minister Clement. "EMS is a Canadian success story, and an example of how businesses can succeed when they invest in research and commercialize new discoveries."

EMS Technologies' Aviation Division developed industry-standard satellite communications systems that are installed on commercial aircraft. The equipment was developed in part using a SADI investment, and the system has been selected for five major airframe programs supplying many of the world's large commercial aircraft.

"Our partnership with Industry Canada through SADI has made a significant contribution that has enabled EMS to become the prime supplier for broadband communications that enable passenger and crew connectivity on aircraft," said Neil Mackay, President and Chief Executive Officer of EMS Technologies.

 Increasing business investment in research and development is crucial to Canada's long-term competitiveness. To remain at the forefront of the global economy, Canadian businesses must invest in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow's breakthroughs. Programs such as SADI are helping businesses innovate.

Canada ranks first among the G7 countries in terms of expenditures on research and development in the higher education sector as a share of the economy.

Canada's Science and Technology Strategy was launched by Prime Minister Harper in 2007 with the goal of encouraging our businesses to invest in research and development and to bring new ideas into the marketplace for the benefit of all Canadians. Through the 2006, 2007 and 2008 budgets, the government provided an additional $2.2 billion in new funding for science and technology initiatives.

Years one and two of Canada's Economic Action Plan built on these investments by providing $6.3 billion in additional funding for research infrastructure, research, highly skilled people and commercialization.

For more information on Canada's Science and Technology Strategy, please visit the Industry Canada website.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Heather Hume - Press Secretary
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations