Canada's research parks join forces to create a canadian association



    MONTREAL, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Meeting in Montreal for the 3rd annual
conference of the Association of University Research Parks - Canada (AURP),
about thirty representatives from Canada's research parks reached an agreement
to create a formal association that will group together 17 Canadian research
parks.
    The Mayor of Saint-Laurent, Mr. Alan DeSousa, who is also in charge of
economic development, sustainable development and the Montreal 2025 game plan
on the City of Montreal's executive committee, enthusiastically applauded this
initiative and offered his support to the participants during a speech
delivered to them. He congratulated the instigators of the project, Mr. Claude
Normandeau, President-Executive Director of the Technoparc Saint-Laurent,
Mr. Austin Beggs, Director, Corporate Relations, at Saskatoon-based Innovation
Place, and Mr. Dale Gann, Vice-President of the Vancouver Island Technology
Park at the University of Victoria. "In our opinion, university research parks
provide the ideal environment for synergy and interconnectivity which are at
the very heart of the technological clusters we have adopted to chart the
future of the Montreal economy", said Mr. DeSousa.
    It's worth mentioning that technology parks are important economic
development tools in their respective regions. In Canada alone, they play host
to more than 90,000 Canadian employees!
    This coalition will notably help Canada's technology parks to more
effectively defend their submissions to Government and raise their profile
vis-à-vis Canada's innovation sectors. Technology transfers and partnerships
between the parks will also be encouraged.

    
    List of Canadian research parks
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    Biomed Développement Parc Biomédical de Sherbrooke - Sherbrooke, Quebec
    Cann Design - Vancouver, British Columbia
    Cité de la biotechnologie agroalimentaire, vétérinaire - St-Hyacinthe,
     Quebec
    Edmonton Research Park - Edmonton, Alberta
    Innovation Place - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    Innovacorp - Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Institut de recherche et développement agroenvironnement (IRDA) - Quebec
    Laval Technopole - Laval, Quebec
    McMaster University and McMaster Innovation Park - Hamilton, Ontario
    Parc technologique du Québec métropolitain - Quebec
    Science Enterprise Algoma - Sault Sainte-Marie, Ontario
    Technoparc Saint-Laurent, Metropolitan Montréal - Saint-Laurent, Quebec
    Technopôle Angus - Montréal, Quebec
    Technopole Vallée du St-Maurice - Trois-Rivières, Quebec
    The Knowledge park - Fredericton, New Brunswick
    UW Research & Technology Park - Waterloo, Ontario
    Vancouver Island Technology Park - Vancouver, British Columbia
    Varennes Development  - Varennes, Quebec
    




For further information:

For further information: Claude Normandeau, President-Executive
Director, Technoparc Saint-Laurent, (514) 956-2520, norma@technoparc.com;
Carolle Anne Dessureault, Vice-President, Marketing & Administration,
Technoparc Saint-Laurent, (514) 926-2521, dessu@technoparc.com,
www.technoparc.com


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