Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

October 14, 2014 14:00 ET

Harper Government Supports Innovation Technology in Kelowna

University of British Columbia-Okanagan to Implement Survive and Thrive Applied Research Facility

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 14, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification announced funding of $3,801,000 for the University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) to support the establishment of the Survive and Thrive Applied Research Facility (STAR).

The STAR facility will focus on human protection and survivability, as well as performance, in extreme or remote conditions. STAR will also expand UBCO's capacity to work with industry to support technology development and commercialization of advanced technologies in the defence and security sector.

At the facility, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will have access to a suite of sophisticated equipment to aid in engineering, destructive testing, and rapid prototyping. STAR will focus on improvements in areas such as personal protective equipment, vehicle armour, secure communications as well as unmanned aerial vehicle technology and its related commercial applications.

Additionally, STAR will expand its capacity and technology to apply research and development in direct collaboration with businesses and communities that are concerned with human protection and survivability, as well as commercial applications in other sectors including manufacturing, natural resources, and healthcare.

Quick Facts

  • The University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus opened in Kelowna in 2005 and has over 8,300 students.

  • Technologies that apply to this specific opportunity also contribute to a host of applications across different sectors, resulting in significant economic benefit. For example, advanced new materials developed for military body armour can be applied to reduce concussions and other traumas in the development of athletic sportswear.

Quotes

"This investment will promote innovative new technologies that will protect our men and women who serve in our armed forces and in other frontline roles. In addition, this facility will serve as a centre of excellence, further strengthening the Okanagan's role as a key economic driver in Western Canada."

- The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"STAR will catalyze economic and industrial innovation for the BC Interior with global applications. This is a fantastic example of what universities can do when we come together with industry. STAR creates real-world learning opportunities for our students - putting the brightest minds of the future to work on the needs of industry and society today."

- Professor Arvind Gupta, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC

Additional Links

- University of British Columbia - Okanagan: http://ok.ubc.ca/welcome.html

Subscribe to news releases and keep up-to-date on the latest from WD. Follow us on Twitter at @WD_Canada.

The West Means Business.

IF THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN ANY PRINTED VERSION AND THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS NEWS RELEASE, THE ELECTRONIC VERSION WILL PREVAIL.

Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Bud Mortenson
    Director, University Relations
    250-807-9255
    Cell: 250-864-3385
    bud.mortenson@ubc.ca

    WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
    Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
    WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca