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Government of Canada

March 18, 2013 11:00 ET

Harper Government Kick-Starts Entrepreneurial and Innovative Business in Beaconsfield, Quebec

BEACONSFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2013) - The Honourable Larry Smith, Senator, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, is pleased to announce the awarding of two contracts totaling $635,347 to Adventure Lights Inc. for its pre-qualified innovations, the SMART Beacon and the Clustered Beacon System, through the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).

"Our Government's top priority is the economy and we understand that helping Canadian businesses expand and succeed directly benefits Canadian workers and families by creating jobs and prosperity," said Minister Ambrose. "We are proud to encourage Canada's entrepreneurial spirit by supporting Canadian businesses to get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace."

"This announcement brings great news for Beaconsfield, and great news for the Canadian economy," said Senator Smith. "Our Government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, and projects like the SMART Beacon System are key to driving that kind of growth."

Adventure Light's pre-qualified innovation, the SMART Beacon, is a mesh networked wearable light beacon system that allows military and civil authorities to instantly identify friendly forces in contact situations. The SMART beacon system also allows for instant visual identification of people, places and objects for military, search and rescue, security and civil applications. A $313,919 contract for this innovation was awarded through the CICP.

The Clustered Beacon System is the world's smallest, most versatile runway lighting system for expeditionary airfields and first-responder helicopter landing zones. Small enough to be carried by a single person, this portable integrated beacon system allows an unprecedented variety of landing field configurations. This pre-qualified innovation was awarded a $321,428 contract through the CICP.

"Adventure Lights Inc. is very pleased to receive the support of the Government of Canada through this program. The CICP initiative will give our company further recognition and help support our innovative and unique products that have contributed to Canada's economy," said Tim Ford, President of Adventure Lights Inc.

Launched in 2010, the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program has already shown encouraging results, connecting Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services. By selling to the federal government, businesses can demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-federal customers.

To build on the early success of this program, Economic Action Plan 2012 allocated an additional $95 million to it over three years, starting in 2013-14, and $40 million per year thereafter to make the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program permanent. The program will include an added military procurement component.

For the complete list of the successful innovations, please refer to the CICP website.

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Contact Information

  • Amber Irwin
    Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    819-956-2315