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July 20, 2015 10:04 ET

MP Hayes Announces Support for Forestry Technology at Bioforest Technologies

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 20, 2015) - BioForest Technologies Inc. (Bioforest) will receive up to $160,000 in funding through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to research new biological organisms for innovative pest management of invasive species endangering trees in Canadian municipalities. The new organisms would pose minimal risk in environmentally sensitive areas and urban settings. The investment will support Bioforest Technologies to stay competitive while protecting jobs in Sault Ste. Marie.

Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, along with the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced the investment.

Established in 1996, BioForest specializes in innovative product development, pest management and consulting strategies for urban and commercial forest protection.

Quick facts

  • For the past several years, NRC-IRAP has been assisting BioForest to develop the TreeAzin® Systemic Insecticide and the EcoJect® System, for the management of Emerald Ash Borer and other insect pests in Canada and the United States. Bioforest currently employs 25 men and women in Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Through its national network of industrial technology advisors, NRC-IRAP provides support to small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada in the development and commercialization of technologies.
  • NRC-IRAP works with industry to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy that reflects today's global realities.
  • In 2014-2015, NRC-IRAP supported over 10,000 SMEs with expert advisory services. More than 3,000 of these firms also received some form of financial assistance.

Quotes

"Our government is strongly committed to research and development that moves ideas from the lab to the marketplace. Like so many companies in Sault Ste. Marie, BioForest's innovative work will create jobs and long-term prosperity for Canadians here at home."

Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

"As outlined in our government's science, technology and innovation strategy, we are harnessing the power of science and technology to create jobs and opportunities and to improve the quality of life of Canadians. Through the National Research Council of Canada's industry-driven approach, Canadian businesses are becoming more innovative and competitive globally while creating jobs locally."

Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"For a small business, getting into research is costly and risky. The support from NRC-IRAP was critical for the development of products and technologies over the last decade."

Joe Meating, President, BioForest Technologies Inc.

Additional links

BioForest Technologies Inc.

National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program

Business Innovation Access Program

Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program

Youth Employment Program

Contact Information

  • Media Relations Team
    National Research Council of Canada
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    Scott French
    Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    343-291-2700