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OSHAWA, ON, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - With bone-chilling temperatures and
blowing snow as a backdrop, the University of Ontario Institute of
Technology (UOIT) has officially opened the General Motors of Canada
Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE). This state-of-the-art facility
offers a full range of testing facilities that allow for full climatic,
durability and lifecycle testing, including one of the largest and most
sophisticated climatic wind tunnels in the world.
"This is a monumental day for UOIT as we open for the first time in
Canada a climatic testing, validation and innovation facility of this
size and magnitude," said Dr. Ronald Bordessa, UOIT president. "The
doors of ACE will be open to the world regardless of a company's size
or affiliation, giving people from all walks of life an opportunity to
work, learn and discover here. The possibilities for society are
During the ceremony, visiting dignitaries praised this one-of-a-kind
research, development and innovation facility.
"Today marks a new era of research and development in Durham Region,
Ontario and the rest of Canada," said the Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister
of Finance and Whitby-Oshawa MP. "With this new world-class facility we
will be able to develop the next generation of electric vehicles, green
energy technology and products not yet thought of, right here in our
"The Automotive Centre of Excellence will be a magnet for entrepreneurs
and the best and brightest researchers and students," said the Hon.
Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade
and Windsor West MPP. "This will have a tremendous positive impact on
Ontario's ability to innovate and attract advanced manufacturing in
this highly competitive global economy."
"This new state-of-the-art facility is home to the first research,
development and innovation centre of its kind in Canada," said the Hon.
John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
and Kitchener Centre MPP. "Indeed, it's one of the few such facilities
in the world. It is a shining example of the University of Ontario
Institute of Technology's commitment to provide quality training and
education. The contribution of our partners here - professors,
researchers, staff and students - is enormous, and it demonstrates just
how UOIT is putting students first."
"We have partnered with ACE to further build on the leading research we
perform in Canada, enabling us to develop cutting-edge innovations that
will revolutionize the auto industry," said Kevin Williams, President
and Managing Director of General Motors of Canada. "Innovation and R&D
are not only core advantages, they are essential, and the facilities at
ACE provide access to world-class tools that ensure the next generation
of engineers is equipped to compete globally."
"This event highlights the transition we are seeing in Durham Region
from a primarily manufacturing-based economy to a diversified
knowledge-driven economy," said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and
Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Municipality of Durham. "The
Automotive Centre of Excellence will complement and enhance the great
products and services our region has to offer the rest of the world."
"The Automotive Centre of Excellence will help to create more jobs in
our community and further improve the reputation of this great city,"
said John Henry, Mayor of Oshawa. "We want to see UOIT students learn
here and stay here after graduation to work and raise a family.
World-class facilities like ACE will help us retain these bright young
ACE is owned by the university and will operate as an independent test
facility, available to rent by manufacturers of all descriptions,
start-up companies and researchers in Canada and around the world. It
has an area of approximately 16,300 square metres divided into two
distinct sections: a core research facility and an integrated research
and training facility. The total cost of the facility is approximately
ACE was developed in partnership with UOIT, General Motors of Canada
Ltd. (GMCL), the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative
Engineering Education (PACE), the Government of Ontario and the
Government of Canada.
As an innovative university, UOIT delivers a leading-edge learning
environment that uniquely combines academic knowledge, research
opportunities, hands-on skills and a vibrant student life. UOIT's more
than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students are taught by professors
who are experts in their fields from around the world. As Ontario's
first laptop-based university, the university offers a diverse array of
challenging undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its
faculties of Business and Information Technology; Education; Energy
Systems and Nuclear Science; Engineering and Applied Science; Health
Sciences; Science; and Social Science and Humanities. UOIT's commitment
to research excellence has resulted in millions of dollars in grants
and awards, including seven Canada Research Chairs. To find out more,
visit www.uoit.ca or call 905.721.8668.
Official ACE website: http://ace.uoit.ca
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Image with caption: "(left to right) John Henry, Oshawa Mayor; Joe Dickson, MPP; John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; Roger Anderson, Chair and CEO, Durham Region; Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade; Dr. Ron Bordessa, UOIT President; Jim Flaherty, Federal Minister of Finance; Kevin Williams, President and Managing Director, GM Canada; and Dr. Colin Carrie, MP, brave bone-chilling conditions to officially open the Automotive Centre of Excellence at UOIT. (CNW Group/University of Ontario Institute of Technology)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110614_C5687_PHOTO_EN_01.jpg
Image with caption: "(left to right): John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; Jim Flaherty, Federal Minister of Finance; Kevin Williams, President and Managing Director, GM Canada; and Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade; gather in the first climatic wind tunnel of its kind in the world to mark the official opening of the Automotive Centre of Excellence at UOIT. (CNW Group/University of Ontario Institute of Technology)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110614_C5687_PHOTO_EN_02.jpg
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