The Technopole - Defence and Security

March 30, 2005 15:51 ET

With a $750,000 Federal Contribution : First Milestone for Technopole Defence and Security


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MARCH 30, 2005 - 15:51 ET

With a $750,000 Federal Contribution : First Milestone
for Technopole Defence and Security

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2005) - Honourable Jacques
Saada, Minister of Canada Economic Development and Minister responsible
for the Francophonie, is announcing the Federal government's $750,000
contribution for Technopole - Defence and Security, a new player in the
field of innovations in Quebec and throughout Canada.

This is the news announced today by the Honourable Jacques Saada, to the
main interveners in the project - Pierre Belanger, Technopole Chairman
of the Board, Denis Faubert, Director General DRDC Valcartier and
Paul-Arthur Huot, CEO POLE Quebec Chaudiere-Appalaches.

How Technopole - Defence and Security Got Started

The Technopole - Defence and Security was the brainchild of Defence
Research and Development Canada - Valcartier (DRDC), the most extensive
of the six National Defence R&D centres and one of the major public R&D
centres in Quebec. POLE Quebec Chaudiere-Appalaches played an important
role as promoter and coordinator for the project's implementation. The
Technopole was officially incorporated in June 2004.

The Technopole, whose focus is on defence and security, is designed to
give rise to a community of interests whose mission will be to increase
the yield in defence and security innovations through interaction among
its members. In the start-up phase, 13 corporations and institutions
from Quebec and across Canada, some of which are leaders in defence and
security, currently form part of this community and are actively
involved and have a financial stake in the project. The recruitment
objective has been set at 45 businesses and institutions within two
years.

The Canadian member businesses are: SNC TEC, GDC, CGI, DMR, MDA, Thales,
TELOPS, Gentec, ABB Analytical Solutions and the academic sector and
Research Centres such as the Universite Laval, INO and DRDC.

"Innovation plays an essential role in the development of today's small
and medium-sized enterprises and communities. Investing in new ideas is
the gateway to the economy of the twenty-first century. The Government
of Canada intends to seek out and continue building partnerships with
people of the milieu to create a vibrant environment for research and
innovation. The involvement of Canada Economic Development in Technopole
- Defence and Security is partly as a financial contributor, but also as
an interested party in developing the potential of the Quebec region
into a bastion of excellence," declared the Honourable Jacques Saada.

Major Spinoff and Tangible Results

The direct and indirect economic spinoff from the implementation of the
Technopole - Defence and Security has been assessed at some $5 million.
Five jobs will be created for the start-up phase, along with tens of
millions of dollars awarded in contracts for its members and its many
partners from the immediate milieu.

"Setting up such a Technopole will result in a great many activities,
from business prospecting, especially on foreign markets, to national
and international promotion, and the organization of informational and
networking activities benefiting innovative small and medium-sized
enterprises. The Technopole will also give rise to other activities,
such as performing strategic studies that will forge new R&D groups and
providing access to the Technopole's Technology Insertion Centre in
order to support technological transfers among members," said
Technopole's Chairman of the Board, Pierre Belanger.

Mr. Belanger pointed out that the project is designed to increase the
amount of innovation in Defence and Security through business
corporations that are planning or are already carrying out industrial
activity in the Quebec Chaudiere-Appalaches region, and in the rest of
Quebec and Canada as well. The Technopole's activities will expedite the
transfer of communicable defence know-how to civilian and security trade
applications. Marketing innovative products for the civilian market is
also being tangibly planned.

Link with DRDC Valcartier's mission

"The Technopole - Defence and Security owes its existence to DRDC
Valcartier. Close ties between the R&D agency for Canada's defence with
partners from the public and private-sectors, with the core of our
mission being to carry out the Technological Investment Strategy, the
scope of the Canadian Government's Innovation Strategy and the
importance of the security aspect, are all powerful reasons encouraging
us to develop such a concept," emphasized DRDC Valcartier's Director
General, Denis Faubert.

POLE Quebec Chaudiere-Appalaches, which promoted and coordinated the
project, noted that defence and security are one of the high-potential
target sectors in which it intends to play a role.

"Our common interest is to support the efforts toward regional economic
development in a major sector: defence and security. With regard to
this, we intend to play a leading role in promoting this new Technopole,
mindful of the fact that we already have over 300 businesses in the
Quebec Chaudiere-Appalaches economic area operating in the sectors of
interest to the Technopole. Among these are information technology and
optical and electronic systems," observed POLE Quebec
Chaudiere-Appalaches CEO, Paul-Arthur Huot.

The Technopole's headquarters will be situated in Building 200 at DRDC
Valcartier, which places it near the distinctive DRDC laboratories where
400 top scientists are already employed.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Office of the Honourable Jacques Saada
    Daniel Dezainde
    Press Secretary
    (514) 496-1282
    or
    DRDC Valcartier
    Lise Ladouceur
    Head of the Communications Service
    (418) 844-4000, extension 4641
    or
    Melanie Ringuette
    Communications and Marketing Executive Officer
    (418) 681-9700, extension 254