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March 03, 2005 10:25 ET

NRC: Mississauga Firm's Cutting Edge Technology Earns Innovation Recognition



MARCH 3, 2005 - 10:25 ET

NRC: Mississauga Firm's Cutting Edge Technology Earns
Innovation Recognition

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 3, 2005) - The Honourable
David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the
National Research Council of Canada (NRC), today announced that the
PLANiT Measuring Company of Mississauga, Ontario has been recognized by
the NRC as a Canadian Innovation Leader and a role model for
technology-based innovation.

"The Government of Canada recognizes SMEs as cornerstones to
strengthening the Canadian economy, benefiting all Canadians through the
development of innovative technologies that will improve our standard of
living and create jobs," said Minister Emerson. "We commend PLANiT
Measuring for their ingenuity and inventiveness, which is bringing about
the commercialization of new products in the marketplace."

Minister Emerson made the announcement at the office of PLANiT
Measuring. The firm has developed and continues to research new
measuring technologies that create highly accurate floor plans and space
audits for commercial and residential buildings.

"PLANiT Measuring is a great example of how collaboration between NRC
and industry can foster further economic development in Southern
Ontario," said Paul Szabo, MP for Mississauga South.

The firm's successful technology, MeasuringBoard, is an integration of a
laser-measuring device and proprietary software, combined with
customized computer-aided design (CAD) technology and a hand-held
computer. It provides accurate real-time digital CAD drawings of
commercial or residential buildings, complete with area calculations.

"The support and guidance we received from NRC-IRAP allowed PLANiT
Measuring to focus on creating and developing a unique patent pending
measuring system that turned out to be just what the industry had been
looking for," said Mike Laurie, P.Eng. President of PLANiT Measuring.

The Canadian Innovation Leader initiative celebrates the successes of
innovative Canadian firms identified by the NRC Industrial Research
Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), Canada's premier innovation assistance
program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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.

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Contact Information

    Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Stephanie Leblanc
    Minister of Industry
    (613) 995-9001
    Member of Parliament for Mississauga South
    Office of Paul Szabo
    Irene Corridore
    (905) 822-2111
    Louise Boudreau
    Senior Communications Officer
    (613) 991-5367