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September 13, 2007 17:00 ET

NRC/Innovative Technology Worth its Salt: Industry Minister recognizes Ground Effects Environmental Services Inc. as a Canadian Innovation Leader

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2007) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the National Research Council (NRC), today recognized Ground Effects Environmental Services Inc. of Regina, Saskatchewan as a Canadian Innovation Leader and a role model for technology-based innovation.

"Through the Canadian Innovation Leaders initiative, NRC is celebrating entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating jobs and helping all of Canada benefit from investments in research and development. Canada's New Government takes its responsibilities to protect the health and safety of Canadians and the environment very seriously. By recognizing great accomplishments like this one, this government is ensuring that the health of ecosystems and the life they support will be maintained for future generations of Canadians," said Minister Prentice. Minister Prentice made the announcement at the Regina facility of Ground Effects Environmental Services Inc., a global leader in soil remediation and environmental clean-up technologies, especially in the domain of salt remediation.

Founded in 1998 in the garage of then 28-year-old Sean Frisky, today Ground Effects is a multi-million dollar company that has pioneered more than 70 new innovations with the clear-cut strategy of developing environmental remediation equipment with the highest runtimes in the industry. A client of the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) since 1998, the program has worked with Ground Effects in providing technical advisory services and shared project costs on a number of their skills transfer and research and development initiatives.

"NRC is delighted to celebrate the achievements of companies like Ground Effects that exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in Saskatchewan," said Dr. Pierre Coulombe, President, NRC.

Ground Effects' most recent development is in the area of salt remediation. In 2005, CEO and founder Sean Frisky pioneered a new treatment process called EK3 that removes salt contamination from soil and ground water without excavation. This is an innovation that no one else in the world has been able to achieve cost-effectively, all this without the environmental hazard and emissions of digging and hauling contaminated soil to another location.

"The support we received from NRC-IRAP helped Ground Effects to carry out the required research and development to bring EK3 to market," said Frisky, "without the advice we received from NRC-IRAP, this project would not yet be complete and out in the field, cleaning up our environment."

The Canadian Innovation Leader initiative celebrates the successes of innovative Canadian firms identified by the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), a program that assists innovative Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their technology and R&D projects.

Recognized globally for research and innovation, Canada's National Research Council (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology.

Contact Information

  • National Research Council Canada
    Sarah Mangione
    613-990-6091 or cell: 613-614-3188
    National Research Council Canada
    Industrial Research Assistance Program
    Louise Boudreau
    613-991-5367 or cell: 613-355-0535