WINDSOR, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - The launch of a new federally-funded
national internship program will help Canadian companies compete in
today's global marketplace through advanced research and development.
Connect Canada, a $5 million, five-year program was launched at an
event hosted by Connect Canada supporter, Chrysler Canada at the
University of Windsor-Chrysler Canada Automotive Research and
Development Centre (ARDC).
In its five years of funding, Connect Canada expects to place 750
graduate students at companies across Canada in all economic sectors.
For a small investment, companies will be able to hire a dedicated
graduate-level student intern to investigate research issues relevant
to their business needs. Interns will gain valuable industry experience
while working on R&D projects that enhance their graduate studies.
Connect Canada is funded by the Government of Canada through the
Industrial Research and Development Internship (IRDI) program from
2011-2016. A unique partnership between AUTO21 Inc. and the University
of Windsor's Centre for Career Education will operate Connect Canada.
Connect Canada was awarded the $5 million grant following a federal
competition for IRDI service providers.
"Regardless of the economic sector, Canadian companies are competing
around the world," said Dr. Peter Frise, AUTO21 Scientific Director and
CEO. "In the short term, Connect Canada is helping companies develop
the knowledge and technology that enables them to act competitively,
and in the long term, the program provides excellent training
opportunities for graduate students who will eventually be key
contributors to the Canadian economy."
"We are grateful for the trust that the IRDI program has placed in the
University of Windsor and AUTO21 for this important national program,"
said President Alan Wildeman, University of Windsor. "Connect Canada
has recognized the great contributions that graduate students doing
leading edge research can bring to industry. For communities across the
country, including the Windsor region, this program will strengthen
partnerships with industries and put graduate students at the forefront
of creating innovations that can lead to value."
About fifty companies have already pledged support for nearly 500
placements with Connect Canada, including Chrysler Canada, who will
hire Connect Canada interns to complete automotive research placements.
"The automotive industry drives Canada's economy more than any other
manufacturing sector and generates 1 in 7 Canadian jobs," said Reid
Bigland, President and CEO, Chrysler Canada. "Thanks to Connect Canada,
graduate students who do an internship at the ARDC will be gaining
valuable experience at the forefront of technical innovations that aim
to improve quality, cost and the environment."
AUTO21 Inc. oversees the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE),
Canada's automotive research and development program. Through the
AUTO21 NCE, AUTO21 Inc. has managed nearly $60 million in Government of
Canada funding and another $44 million in private and public-sector
investments in automotive R&D. A recent economic impact study estimated
AUTO21 NCE research projects have generated more than $1.1 billion in
social and economic benefits to Canada.
The University of Windsor's Centre for Career Education contributes to
the holistic education of students and complements academic programs of
study by supporting a wide range of career-related programs and
resources with an emphasis on excellence in learning from experience.
In addition, the Centre for Career Education offers a wide variety of
resources, activities and events that assist students with career
development matters ranging from career exploration and planning to job
SOURCE University of Windsor
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