Government of Canada announces new green chemistry commercialization centre in Kingston



    Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
    solve problems, advance innovation and create jobs

    KINGSTON, ON, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Gary Goodyear,
Minister of State (Science and Technology) today announced the establishment
of GreenCentre Canada, a new Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and
Research (CECR) in Kingston.
    "The Government of Canada invests in science and technology to create
jobs, improve the quality of life of all Canadians and strengthen the economy
for future generations. Budget 2009, Canada's Economic action plan, dedicated
over $5.1 billion in S&T funding," said Minister Goodyear. "GreenCentre Canada
will help Canadian researchers and entrepreneurs get more of their innovations
from the lab to the marketplace."
    The new GreenCentre Canada (GCC) centre in Kingston will revive the
Canadian chemical and manufacturing sectors, train highly qualified personnel,
establish new Canadian chemical and manufacturing companies and build an
internationally recognized critical mass of expertise in green chemistry
innovation.
    The CECR program is a key commitment of Canada's Science and Technology
Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, announced
in May 2007. Budget 2009 provides $5.1 billion in additional funding toward
science and technology initiatives. In its previous three budgets, the
government has invested almost $2.2 billion in support of the Science and
Technology Strategy's objectives to build a stronger future for Canadian
families and businesses.
    This program is administered by the Networks of Centres of Excellence
(NCE) Secretariat. Launched in 1989, the NCE is an initiative of the three
federal granting agencies-the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)-in
partnership with Industry Canada.
    "The NCE program is proud to be a part of the government's vision for a
more prosperous, advanced and competitive Canada," said Dr. Suzanne Fortier,
Chair of the NCE Steering Committee and President of NSERC. "These new CECRs
will work on important, multifaceted Canadian problems while bringing the very
best ideas to the marketplace. We look forward to helping them achieve their
maximum potential and impact."
    The initiative is one of several new CECRs that we are putting in place,
representing an investment of $62.3 million over the next five years. This
Centre and the others join the 11 Centres announced last year by our
Government.

    The CECRs bring together partners from the academic, private and public
sectors to advance research and facilitate commercialization of technologies,
products and services. The Minister of State announced that the GCC will
receive $9.1 million over five years. More information on this new CECR is
provided in the attached backgrounder.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER

           Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research

    The Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECRs) bring
together partners from the academic, private and public sectors to advance
research and facilitate commercialization of technologies, products and
services. They are a key element of the Government of Canada's Science and
Technology (S&T) Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's
Advantage, introduced in May 2007. This multi-year framework is creating an
environment that encourages innovation partnerships between the academic,
private and public sectors, and will guide the intelligent, strategic
investment of public funds.
    Budget 2007 set aside a total of $350 million to create the CECRs. The
first competition, worth $165 million, was launched in June 2007 and was aimed
at creating Centres in the four S&T priority areas: health and life sciences,
information and communications technologies (ICT), natural resources and
energy, and environmental sciences and technologies. The Government of Canada
announced 11 CECRs in February 2008. The second competition, worth $62.3
million, was launched in May 2008 and targeted the same priority areas with
special emphasis on the ICT and environment sectors. The Centres are funded
for five years and are expected to be self-sufficient at the end of that
period.

    GreenCentre Canada (GCC), Kingston, ON

    GreenCentre Canada's vision is to transform green chemistry research
breakthroughs into clean, sustainable products and processes that will benefit
Canada and the world. The GCC will develop innovative green chemistry
solutions to meet growing global demand for engineering and construction
materials, energy production, fine chemical and therapeutic manufacturing and
transportation and communication systems. It will help re-invigorate the
Canadian chemical and manufacturing sectors, create jobs, stimulate economic
development, train highly qualified personnel, and help establish new Canadian
chemical and manufacturing companies and build an internationally recognized
critical mass of expertise in green chemistry innovation.

    Centre Director: Rui Resendes, PARTEQ Innovations.
    




For further information:

For further information: Gary Toft, Director of Communications, Office
of the Minister of State (Science and Technology), (613) 943-7599; Natasha
Gauthier, Communications Manager, Networks of Centres of Excellence, (613)
996-0390, (613) 878-8048 (cell)


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