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May 19, 2010 16:00 ET

Telops Inc. Receives $388,770 in Funding From Government of Canada for Development and Commercialization of New Infrared Camera

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $200,000 in repayable funding from Canada Economic Development to Telops Inc. The Minister of State also announced on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), the granting of a $188,770 non-repayable contribution to the firm through National Research Council Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

Operating in Quebec's optics-photonics sector, Telops specializes in the design, manufacture and sale of hyperspectral infrared cameras capable of remotely detecting, identifying and measuring previously imperceptible substances. The company has just designed a new infrared camera for scientific use. 

These financial contributions from the Government of Canada will allow Telops to develop two test prototypes of the new infrared camera and commercialize them on United States and European markets.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support Telops in its strategic undertaking. This company has all of the potential needed to improve its competitiveness, and providing support to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is at the very core of our mission," explained the Minister of State. "Telops, like many innovative export firms, serves as a model to others. In promoting a Canadian invention abroad, this enterprise is in a certain sense exporting its exceptional technical knowhow."

"Our government invests in science and technology because these investments create jobs, stimulate the economy and improve quality of life for Canadians. We support Canadian businesses that succeed in designing and using innovative technologies that span the distance between scientific research and commercialization, job creation and economic growth," commented Minister Goodyear.

About Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development's mission is to promote the long-term economic development of the regions of Quebec by giving special attention to those where slow economic growth is prevalent or where opportunities for productive employment are inadequate. In carrying out this mission, the Agency promotes cooperation and complementarity with Quebec and its communities.

Through its 14 business offices, the Agency acts in support of a clientele composed primarily of small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organizations, providing repayable and non-repayable financial assistance through its various programs and services.

About the NRC and NRC-IRAP

National Research Council Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program provides a wide range of technical and business-oriented advisory services and financial support to qualifying innovative SMEs.

NRC-IRAP is delivered by a field staff of 240 business and technology experts in more than 100 communities across Canada. The program is dedicated to supporting SMEs and helping them harness their full potential by transforming knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.

For further details, see the accompanying NRC-IRAP backgrounder.

Adopted by the federal government in 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $200 million in additional funding over two years to expand the NRC-IRAP financial assistance available to innovative Canadian companies. For more on this Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Canada Economic Development is online at www.dec-ced.gc.ca. Subscribe to the Agency's press releases at
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National Research Council Canada

BACKGROUNDER

Government of Canada supports innovation for small- and medium-sized enterprises, youth employment

National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

NRC's main outreach to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is through its Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) which provides support to innovative companies in Canada undertaking research and technology development projects for commercial purposes.

NRC-IRAP provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative Canadian SMEs. The program is delivered by a field staff of 240 business and technology experts in more than 100 communities across Canada. Working directly with SMEs, NRC-IRAP supports innovative research and development (R&D) and helps companies become commercialization-ready with their new products and services.

While the program operates three separate contribution programs — contribution to firms, contribution to organizations and a Youth Employment Program — NRC-IRAP's main contribution component is in the form of a non-repayable contribution that reimburses the labour costs of a research and development project directly to firms.

Science at work for Canada

NRC-IRAP received an investment in Year 1 of Canada's Economic Action Plan of $200 million over two years. NRC-IRAP is committed to using this new funding to help the Government build a competitive advantage for Canada based on excellence in science and technology (S&T).

The funding includes $170 million to double NRC-IRAP's contributions to firms and $30 million to help hire more than 1,000 new post-secondary graduates via its Youth Employment Program.

The commitment in the Economic Action Plan reinforces NRC-IRAP's mandate to help SMEs develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace. It also broadens NRC-IRAP's ability to provide S&T expertise to SMEs. NRC-IRAP estimates that this new money will allow it to support approximately 1,400 additional SMEs beyond its existing base over the next two years.

Telops Inc.

Telops Inc. is a Quebec City innovative company that specializes in designing, developing and commercializing electro-optical systems used for remote sensing, identification and measurement of minute substances that are difficult to detect. Its main product, the Hyper-CAM, can identify the composition of gas clouds at a distance of up to 5 km.

Since 2001, the company has benefitted from technical and business expertise and received a global financial support of $198,570 from NRC-IRAP.

The actual project financed by NRC-IRAP concerns the development of an infra-red camera that will be offered in two models. The first one will produce 320x256 pixels pictures at an up to 1000Hz rate, which will make it the fastest infra-red camera on the market. The camera will capture quick dynamic events such as aircraft engine emissions or explosions in infra-red. The second model will produce 1280x1024 pixels pictures at an approximate rate of 100Hz. Its main feature will be showing elements at a very high resolution, such as animal population movements at night.

Founded in 2000, Telops has almost 40 employees today, most of them engineers. For the last three years, the company reported average returns of 7 million dollars, with over 70% coming from external markets.

Research centres and universities working mainly in defence and aerospace are amongst Telops customers. The company also boasts a large world clientele in the army scientific research sector.

Contact Information

  • Canada Economic Development
    Guylaine Beaudoin
    Communications
    418-648-4679
    guylaine.beaudoin@dec-ced.gc.ca
    or
    Canada Economic Development
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    Simon Bachand
    Press Secretary
    613-996-6236
    simon.bachand@dec-ced.gc.ca
    or
    National Research Council Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-1431
    media@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
    or
    Industry Canada
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    613-943-7599