Cutting-Edge Research in Waterloo Creating World's Next Generation "Green Car"



    McGuinty Government Investing In Green Vehicle Technology

    WATERLOO, ON, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Developing more environmentally friendly,
fuel-efficient and cost-effective vehicles is the goal of a new University of
Waterloo research project.
    The project is one of four cutting-edge research projects at the
University of Waterloo to receive funding from the McGuinty government. The
government is funding the projects in partnership with industry to support the
province's top researchers in areas where Ontario can compete and win in the
global marketplace.
    MPP for Kitchener Centre, John Milloy, was joined by MPP for
Kitchener-Conestoga, Leeanna Pendergast, to make the announcement today on
behalf of Minister of Research and Innovation, John Wilkinson.

    
    Ontario is investing:

    -   $8.7 million to support the development of the next generation of
        green vehicles.

    -   $2.9 million to develop more secure solutions for distributing
        massive amounts of information over both wired and wireless
        communications networks.

    -   $3.1 million to create innovative, marketable technologies and
        products that allow businesses to respond rapidly to emerging needs
        in the highly lucrative software services sector.

    -   $4.8 million to support the development of new technologies for
        measuring, monitoring, controlling and removing emerging contaminants
        in water treatment systems.
    

    The $19.5 million for these projects is part of nearly $115 million
invested by the government to support 19 cutting-edge research projects across
Ontario. The research at universities, institutes and hospitals will receive
matching funding from 107 major industry and other partners.
    These projects are part of the province's plan to help Ontario's top
researchers develop new ideas and turn these ideas into products and services
that can be marketed to the world.
    "To ensure Ontario can compete and win in the global economy, our
government is investing in leading research in our province," Wilkinson said.
"The strong partnerships between our top researchers, global business leaders
and government will help provide Ontarians with a cleaner environment, a
higher quality of life and more opportunities for success."
    "Today's investment is part of our government's plan to invest in
research and innovation that will build on our strengths, improve our quality
of life, and spark the next generation of highly skilled, good-paying jobs
right here in Waterloo and all across Ontario," Milloy said.
    "The Ontario government understands that the key to creating a culture of
innovation is strong partnerships among our top researchers, global business
leaders and government," said Pat Horgan, IBM Canada vice president,
Manufacturing, Development and Operations. "This major provincial investment
is leveraging multi-million-dollar investments from the private sector and
creating significant spin-offs. This will translate into skilled new jobs
right here in Ontario, and into new products and services that can be exported
around the world."
    "The Ontario government should be commended for investing in research and
innovation that helps the province compete in a global, knowledge-based
economy," said David Johnston, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University
of Waterloo. "These projects will further enhance our university's
international reputation, and ensure that Waterloo Region continues to attract
and retain the top research talent and skilled workforce southwestern Ontario
needs to prosper in the 21st century."
    Together, these investments form part of the McGuinty government's plan
to support research excellence that can be developed into new products and
services that will boost Ontario's economy and support Ontario families. Other
initiatives include:

    
    -   Launching the $160 million Ideas-to-Market strategy that supports
        emerging companies, which includes the Ontario Venture Capital Fund.

    -   Providing a 21 per cent Capital Tax rate cut for all businesses
        retroactive to January 1, 2007, on the way to full elimination in
        2010.

    -   Announcing in the 2007 Fall Economic Statement an additional
        $50 million in strategic investment to further strengthen Ontario's
        environment for scientific research that will lead to new
        discoveries, higher quality of life and new jobs.

    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
    www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    Disponible en français

                          www.ontario.ca/innovation


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                      IMPROVING DRINKING WATER QUALITY
    

    Today's announcement represents part of the second round of funding under
the Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence program. In this round, the
government is investing $19,505,964 to support four world-class projects at
the University of Waterloo. Funding will be matched by approximately 40
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    Centre for the Control of Emerging Contaminants (CCEC)

    Developing technologies for next-generation wastewater treatment
    Total project cost: $14,709,372
    Provincial funding: $4,813,425
    Lead researcher: Dr. Wayne Parker

    This project will see the creation of a Centre for the Control of
Emerging Contaminants (CCEC), which will bring together an interdisciplinary
group of many of the most respected water scientists in Canada, as well as
industry and government partners. The centre will focus on the control of
emerging contaminants (ECs) in water, wastewater, and residuals (i.e.
biosolids).
    Researchers at the new Centre for the Control of Emerging Contaminants
will develop and test new technologies for measuring, monitoring, controlling
and removing ECs in current and next-generation wastewater treatment systems.
Specifically, researchers will investigate how to improve management of ECs
that pass virtually unchanged through wastewater treatments, which were never
designed to remove them.

    Key private sector partners:
    Trojan Technologies, Pathogen Detection Systems, GE-Zenon

    
    Key Facts
    ---------

    -   Thousands of new types of compounds are released into our water
        system daily, including drug residues, personal care and cleaning
        products and industrial chemicals.

    -   With long-term health effects of ECs a growing concern, there is a
        need to develop ways to remove these contaminants from water
        supplies.
    

    The proposed research will provide training of critically needed
high-quality personal for Ontario's growing environmental sector. Creation of
the CCEC will position Ontario as an international leader in the control of
emerging contaminants by building focused research capacity in key areas where
a solid foundation of expertise has already been established.
    The result will be greater health protection from emerging water
contaminants, new high-value jobs, and made-in-Ontario technology solutions
that can be marketed around the world - boosting the province's economy.

    Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Program
    ---------------------------------------------------
    This second round of funding under the Research Excellence program will
invest $114,709,614 to support 19 world-class projects at nine Ontario
universities, institutes and hospitals. Funding will be matched by 107 major
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
    www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    
    Disponible en français

                          www.ontario.ca/innovation


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          DEVELOPING SECURITY SOLUTIONS FOR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
    

    Today's announcement represents part of the second round of funding under
the Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence program. In this round, the
government is investing $19,505,964 to support four world-class projects at
the University of Waterloo. Funding will be matched by approximately 40
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    Security and Mobility over the Global Information Transport Platform

    Developing security systems for multiple communications networks
    Lead researcher: Dr. Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
    Total project cost: $8,731,500
    Provincial funding: $2,910,500

    Waterloo researchers will develop new solutions for distributing massive
amounts of information over networks in a way that guarantees security without
compromising flexibility and usability.
    Researchers at the University of Waterloo will join partner researchers
at the University of Ottawa, Queen's University and McMaster University to
investigate and develop new technologies and work with industry partners to
commercialize their technologies in the marketplace.
    The result of this project will be made-in-Ontario high-tech security
features that can be marketed around the world - boosting the province's
economy while tackling network privacy concerns.

    Key private sector partners:
    Bell Canada, RIM

    
    Key Facts
    ---------

    -   The term global information transport platform (GiTP) comprises
        multiple wired and wireless communication networks such as the
        Internet, cellular networks, wireless networks, vehicle networks,
        etc., over which a massive amount of information is distributed
        everyday.

    -   Ensuring security across multiple networks at a low cost is
        essential.

    -   However, with the widespread use of various networks to transmit
        sensitive data, such as financial and business transactions, security
        is very challenging.

    -   Data can be vulnerable to malicious attacks at any point where it is
        transported, and security breaches can lead to a significant
        financial loss and a lack of user confidence in the technology.

    -   As the security of a system is only as strong as its weakest link, it
        is imperative that an adequate level of security is ensured
        everywhere the information is being transported.

    -   The global market for security systems like this was $57.6 billion in
        2006, and is expected to reach $105.7 billion by 2010. (Source CSO
        Metrics).
    

    Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Program
    ---------------------------------------------------
    This second round of funding under the Research Excellence program will
invest $114,709,614 to support 19 world-class projects at nine Ontario
universities, institutes and hospitals. Funding will be matched by 107 major
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
    www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    
    Disponible en français

                          www.ontario.ca/innovation


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             DEVELOPING THE WORLD'S NEXT GENERATION "GREEN CAR"
    

    Today's announcement represents part of the second round of funding under
the Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence program. In this round, the
government is investing $19,505,964 to support four world-class projects at
the University of Waterloo. Funding will be matched by approximately 40
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    Green Auto Power Train

    Developing the vehicles of the future
    Total project cost: $26,056,680
    Provincial funding: $8,685,560
    Lead researcher: Dr. Xianguo Li

    University of Waterloo researchers are creating cutting-edge technologies
that will ultimately improve the environment, reduce dependence on
non-renewable fossil fuels and give Ontario's $100 billion-a-year auto
industry a competitive edge in hybrid and clean diesel technologies.
    With today's cars and trucks being dependent on fossil fuels, there is a
need to develop more environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient and
cost-effective vehicles. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are taking
the most promising forms of green vehicle technology currently available to
the next level. Researchers will look at improving hybrid vehicles (ones that
use two or more fuel sources), including the use of clean diesel engines.
    The result will be greater environmental and health protection from
vehicle-released air contaminants and made-in-Ontario new technologies that
can be marketed around the world - boosting the province's auto sector and
economy.

    Key private sector partners:
    Chrysler Canada, Ford Motor Company, Siemens Canada Ltd.

    
    Key Facts
    ---------

    -   The gasoline-electric hybrid engine is about 20 per cent more fuel-
        efficient than a standard gasoline engine and has significantly lower
        emissions.

    -   The hybrid engine is available in the marketplace, however, there is
        not currently a significant amount of hybrid engine research and
        development taking place in Ontario.

    -   The hybrid engine has technical challenges associated with cost and
        reliability beyond about 150,000 km.

    -   The proposed research aims at significantly improving hybrid engine
        technology in order to allow Ontario to re-gain its leadership
        position in this advanced power train technology.

    -   The research project will also develop diesel and diesel-electric
        engine technology for automobiles - especially using biofuels, such
        as biodiesel.

    -   Diesel engines have almost twice the fuel efficiency and 30 per cent
        less carbon emissions than their gasoline counterparts.

    -   The project will establish Ontario as the leading jurisdiction in
        Canada and a world leader in the R&D, manufacturing, deployment and
        marketing of green auto power train technology.

    -   The project will offer competitive advantage for the Ontario Auto
        Sector, ensuring sustainability for the sector through leading-edge
        research, training high quality personal, commercialization and
        Intellectual property.
    

    Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Program
    ---------------------------------------------------
    This second round of funding under the Research Excellence program will
invest $114,709,614 to support 19 world-class projects at nine Ontario
universities, institutes and hospitals. Funding will be matched by 107 major
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
    www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    
    Disponible en français

                          www.ontario.ca/innovation


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       FUELING GROWTH IN ONTARIO'S KNOWLEDGE-INTENSIVE SERVICES SECTOR
    

    Today's announcement represents part of the second round of funding under
the Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence program. In this round, the
government is investing $19,505,964 to support four world-class projects at
the University of Waterloo. Funding will be matched by approximately 40
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    Model-integrated Software Service Engineering

    Helping business stay at the leading-edge
    Total project cost: $9,289,438
    Provincial funding: $3,096,479
    Lead researcher: Dr. Krzysztof Czarnecki

    Building on Ontario's software expertise, researchers at the University
of Waterloo will develop a research program in software services to create
innovative, marketable technologies and products that allow business to
respond rapidly to emerging needs. They will also develop an education
initiative in software services to train a new generation of software experts.
    Ontario, with its booming Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
industry, is in a strong position to compete in the knowledge-intensive
services sector. However, until now the province did not have a cohesive
research and educational initiative in software services. This research
project will link together a core of internationally renowned researchers and
innovative Ontario companies to tackle key challenges in the area of software
services. The research will develop innovative, marketable technologies and
provide direct economic benefits to Ontario.
    In addition, this project will also spearhead a timely educational
initiative in software services, training 60 to 80 highly qualified personnel
at the graduate level, and 50 to 80 highly qualified personnel at the
undergraduate level. These students will be in high demand as professionals,
teachers, researchers, and entrepreneurs in Ontario, and fuel growth in the
knowledge-intensive services sector. This initiative will provide
international visibility and position Ontario as a leader in the industry.
    The result will be made-in-Ontario improvements to software services that
can be marketed around the world.

    Key private sector partners:
    IBM, Google Inc., LogicBlox, MKS Inc., Open Text, Scotiabank

    
    Key Facts
    ---------

    -   In Canada and abroad, knowledge-intensive services are leading the
        service sector in job creation, R&D spending, average wages and
        growth. The software services industry is key part of this phenomenal
        growth - growing at between 25 and 40 per cent a year, and expected
        to reach $10 billion by 2009.

    -   Software services is an industry where a software seller develops a
        software application and hosts and operates the application for use
        by its customers over the Internet. Customers do not pay for owning
        the software itself but rather for using it.

    -   Software services are generally associated with business software and
        they are a low-cost way for businesses to obtain the same benefits of
        commercially licensed, internally operated software without the
        associated complexity and high initial cost.

    -   Many types of software services are used by organizations such as
        banks, governments and other  businesses that have little interest or
        internal capability in software deployment, but do have substantial
        computing needs.

    -   Application areas such as Customer Relations Management, Video
        Conferencing, Human Resources, Accounting and Email are just a few of
        the initial markets.

    -   Innovation in this sector is driven by a special blend of expertise
        that combines technical ability with business acumen and an
        understanding of social systems. This new discipline has been named
        SSME: Services Sciences, Management and Engineering.

    Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Program
    ---------------------------------------------------
    This second round of funding under the Research Excellence program will
invest $114,709,614 to support 19 world-class projects at nine Ontario
universities, institutes and hospitals. Funding will be matched by 107 major
industry and other partners participating in the projects.

    For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit
    www.ontario.ca/innovation.

    Disponible en français

                          www.ontario.ca/innovation
    





For further information:

For further information: Perry Blocher, Ministry of Research and
Innovation, (416) 326-7717; Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7067

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