Government of Canada Committed to Stronger Science and Technology Sector



    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources and
the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister
for the Canadian Wheat Board, today released the report of the Independent
Panel of Experts on Transferring Federal Non-Regulatory Laboratories and
signalled the Government of Canada's intention to explore partnering for two
government laboratories.
    "The government is committed to a stronger and more integrated science
and technology sector," said Minister Toews. "The Panel's advice has the
potential to help us build on our existing capacity for world-leading
innovation and competitiveness resulting in a richer scientific environment to
the benefit of all Canadians. I would like to thank the Panel for its hard
work and significant contribution."
    In its report, the Panel identified non-regulatory laboratories it felt
would be good candidates for inter-sectoral arrangements. In the coming
months, the government will engage partners, to better understand how
partnering arrangements could be operationalized, for two of these early
candidate laboratories: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Cereal
Research and Innovation Laboratory in Winnipeg and Natural Resources Canada's
Geosciences Laboratory in Ottawa.
    "I am very pleased that this report will be useful to the government in
its efforts to strengthen scientific collaboration, advance research and
foster innovation," said Dr. Arnold Naimark, Chair of the Panel. "We are
indebted to the science and technology community that made our task much
easier by responding so positively and with so much interest during our
consultations." Other members of the Panel were Dr. Kevin Keough of Alberta,
Dr. Kelvin Ogilvie of Nova Scotia, and Dr. Clive Willis of Quebec.
    "Developing strong partnerships between government science and
universities is an important part of improving innovation in Canada," said
Minister Lunn. "I look forward to continuing our strong history of science and
technology collaboration with our university partners as we move forward."
    "AAFC has worked closely with the Panel and is committed to exploring the
merits of the recommendation for the Canadian Cereal Research and Innovation
Laboratory in Winnipeg," said Minister Ritz. "This an opportunity to look at
how this laboratory can best contribute to ensuring that Canada continues to
be a world leader in grain science."

    The Panel's report is posted on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Web site at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca

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Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666; Robert
Makichuk, Chief, Media Relations, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, (613)
957-2391; TTY (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired) - (613)
957-9090; This news release is available online at: www.tbs-sct.gc.ca


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