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August 22, 2012 11:30 ET

Helping Business Innovation Thrive in Alberta: Evans Consoles Corporation Recognized as a Canadian Innovation Leader

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2012) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today announced an investment in Evans Consoles Corporation from the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) delivered by the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and recognized Evans Consoles Corporation as a Canadian Innovation Leader for its success in developing innovative products and services for the modular console furniture industry worldwide.

"The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Minister Paradis. "In every sector of the economy, digital technologies allow companies like Evans Consoles Corporation to be more innovative, productive and competitive."

Evans Consoles Corporation will receive up to $193,878 for two projects from DTAPP to increase productivity, efficiency and reduce the company's overall operational costs; helping them become more digitally skilled and competitive in today's marketplace. One DTAPP project will help the company train employees and transition to newer 3D manufacturing and engineering technologies; the second will improve their Enterprise Resource Planning systems to provide a higher level of accuracy, efficiency and communications between the engineering and manufacturing groups.

Minister Paradis also presented Evans Consoles Corporation with a Canadian Innovation Leader Certificate to recognize it as a Canadian firm that has successfully developed and applied technologies linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs and economic growth. The certificate honours Evans Consoles Corporation as a role model for entrepreneurs in communities across Canada.

"We strongly believe in aligning ourselves with the best people and organizations in order to ensure our continued status as the industry leader," said Greg Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Evans Consoles Corporation. "We view NRC-IRAP as a strong partner in our ability to provide innovative solutions worldwide."

Evans Consoles Corporation is a world leader in highly customized, modular console workstation solutions for mission critical control centres in industries such as air traffic control, power generation, emergency response, telecommunications and transportation. Founded in 1980, Evans Consoles Corporation now employs more than 300 people and exports 95 percent of its products around the world, primarily to Fortune 500 companies and government organizations.

Through NRC-IRAP, Evans Consoles Corporation has received funding and advisory services since 2010 for seven major projects helping the company further improve its productivity and stay current with technology. The funding has also allowed the company to recruit four new technical graduates to enhance the company's product development team of over 50, the largest in the industry.

Economic Action Plan 2012 provides substantial direct support for business innovation and makes available $500 million for venture capital. Of this support, an additional $110 million is allocated to NRC-IRAP annually to expand the program's reach and services for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.

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    National Research Council of Canada

    Margaux Stastny
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
    Minister of Industry