Industry Canada

Industry Canada

July 06, 2011 14:36 ET

Minister of State Goodyear Meets With Florida's Lieutenant Governor, Encourages S&T Links With Canada

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today met with Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll to discuss the high-tech sector in Florida and to promote collaboration between Canadian and Floridian researchers and companies that commercialize scientific discoveries.

"Canada and Florida can create jobs and growth by working together to help researchers get their ideas out of the labs and into the marketplace," said Minister of State Goodyear. "There are tremendous opportunities for Florida businesses and scientists to do research and development in Canada and for our colleges and universities to work in partnership on important research efforts."

Minister of State Goodyear also took part in a tour of the Central Florida Research Park, home to 116 companies and 9,500 employees.

The Government of Canada believes that science, technology and innovation are vital for stimulating productivity, competitiveness and growth.

Nearly 300 Canadian businesses operate in Florida, many in industries that the State has targeted for economic growth and diversification. Overall, one in five jobs in Canada depends on the trade relationship between Canada and the United States, and trade with the Sunshine State alone was valued at $7.9 billion in 2010.

Photo available at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/06574.html

Contact Information

  • Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    613-943-7599

    Media Relations
    Industry Canada
    613-943-2502