$3.6 million in public-private contributions to Technopole Defence and Security



    QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Technopole Defence and Security
(TDS) is a non-profit nationwide business network headquartered in Quebec City
bringing together key stakeholders in the defence, security and emergency
preparedness sectors. TDS is pleased to announce that a $500,000 contribution
by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CEDQR) has been renewed,
thereby enabling TDS to continue its operations. TDS is also pleased to
announce that it has received a $1.3 million contribution from the Quebec
government, via the Innovation Fund for the Quebec City region. Valued at $1.8
million, these contributions cover nearly half of TDS's overall budget; the
other half comes from the annual dues paid by TDS members.

    Groundbreaking initiatives in the defence, security and emergency
    preparedness sectors

    Technopole Defence and Security will use the Innovation Fund contribution
and a portion of the CEDQR contribution to implement its economic development
strategy for the defence, security and emergency preparedness sectors. Funding
will be earmarked for the strategy's three centrepieces: the Technology
Integration Centre, the Market Intelligence Bureau and the Defence and
Security District.
    During the implementation of these groundbreaking initiatives, TDS
members will be awarded contracts valued at $185 million; approximately
800 direct jobs and 1,600 indirect jobs will be created by 2012. These will be
high value-added jobs paying salaries above the regional average.
    The Technology Integration Centre will be used to train an industrial
consortium, placing an emphasis on the sharing of resources, infrastructure
and high-tech equipment so that TDS members may undertake joint
pre-competitive research and development activities. The Centre's mission is
to speed technological development and implementation by pooling members'
expertise and ensuring final users' participation in the process. In concrete
terms, the Centre will carry out R&D, rapid prototyping and technology
demonstration activities and will deliver pre-production models in accordance
with operational needs. It will also seek to obtain R&D contracts aimed at
ensuring that foreign investors meet industrial and regional benefits
requirements.
    The Market Intelligence Bureau will be putting together a business
development team focusing on relevant areas of industry expertise. Emphasizing
a market-pull approach, the Bureau will aim to enhance business revenues. It
will also seek to anticipate client needs while matching small firms with
larger integrator companies (both Canadian and international) and supporting
enterprise business development.
    The Defence and Security District seeks to attract and retain high-tech
businesses and research consortiums operating in areas of regional defence and
security expertise, thereby creating genuine communities of interest.
    "The contributions announced today are a testament to the willingness of
various levels of government to support industry efforts to develop and
promote the defence, security and emergency preparedness sectors by fostering
synergies between key stakeholders. This is a prime example of a
public-private partnership defining common priorities and strengthening the
competitive position of the Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches region as a
hub of excellence recognized by Canadian industry," said Pierre Bélanger,
Chairman of Technopole Defence and Security's Board of Directors.

    About Technopole Defence and Security

    Technopole Defence and Security is a non-profit organization and unique
business network operating in the defence, security and emergency preparedness
sectors. Capitalizing on its singular client-focused business model, TDS forms
strategic partnerships leveraging its members' expertise and resources.
Bringing together research centres, universities, small businesses and
integrator companies (including industry leaders such as DMR, a Fujitsu
company; Thales Systems Canada, General Dynamics and CGI), TDS successfully
creates synergies aimed at speeding the adoption of innovative technologies
targeting the defence, security and emergency preparedness sectors.
    Technopole Defence and Security's longstanding members include Defence
Research and Development Canada, which originally defined the TDS concept, and
DMR, a Fujitsu company, which has actively provided unwavering support ever
since TDS was founded. In addition, POLE Québec Chaudière-Appalaches
coordinated and promoted TDS's founding, with seed funding provided by Canada
Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

    Innovation Fund

    The Quebec government established the Innovation Fund to support project
start-ups under the ACCORD initiative aimed at promoting sectors of excellence
in the Quebec City region.




For further information:

For further information: Alain Fecteau, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Technopole Defence and Security, (418) 844-0250,
www.technopoleds.org

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