Ontario Turning Ideas Into Stronger Economy



    
    McGuinty Government Supporting Research To Strengthen Global
    Competitiveness
    

    OTTAWA, Oct. 17 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The McGuinty government is helping Ontario attract and retain the top
researchers who will strengthen the province's competitiveness in the global
innovation-driven economy.
    Ontario is investing almost $7.6 million in research that is helping
invent the future of health care, wireless communication and environmental
technologies - while pushing the boundaries of science in fields such as space
robotics, quantum physics and nanotechnology.

    
    Promising projects receiving funding include:

    -   Developing the next generation of planetary explorers and satellites,
        led by Dr. Alex Ellery
        (http://www.mae.carleton.ca/maehtmls/ellery.html)
        (Carleton University) (http://www.carleton.ca/)

    -   Applying photonics - the science of light - to create new devices
        with applications ranging from wireless communications to energy
        conservation to medicine, led by Dr. Karin Hinzer
        (http://www.site.uottawa.ca/~khinzer/) (University of Ottawa)
        (http://www.uottawa.ca/)

    -   Efforts by Ontario's top particle physicists to create world-leading
        sensor and detector technologies, led by Dr. David Asner
        (http://www.physics.carleton.ca/research/people/asner.html) and
        Dr. Kevin Graham
        (http://www.physics.carleton.ca/research/people/graham.html)
        (Carleton University) (http://www.carleton.ca/) and Dr. Mark Boulay
        (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=b973bcea699b02e)
        (Queen's University) (http://www.queensu.ca/).
    

    The funding from the Ontario Research Fund
(http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/ResearchFund.asp) will support 13
institutions and 46 projects and involve nearly 342 scientists and researchers
across the province.
    Supporting innovation is part of the McGuinty government's five-point
plan for growing Ontario's economy (http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/budgetsplash/).

    QUOTES

    "Research is the foundation of innovation - and in the 21st century,
innovation is the key to stronger global competitiveness, good jobs and better
lives for Ontario families. And that's why our government has made innovation
a key part of our five-point economic plan," said Minister of Research and
Innovation John Wilkinson
(http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/about/MinisterBio.asp).

    "Ottawa is home to some of the brightest minds in the world. Our support
will help them bring about a better future for all of us," said Ottawa Centre
MPP Yasir Naqvi (http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/english/about/pa.html).

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Today's announcement is part of $37 million worth of investments that
        the government is making this fall through the Ontario Research Fund
        (http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/ResearchFund.asp). The
        funding will support the efforts of more than 1,800 researchers
        working on more than 200 projects at 17 institutions across Ontario.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the Ontario Research Fund
    (http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/ResearchFund.asp).

    Learn more about Ontario's Innovation Agenda
    (http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/oia/program.asp).

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                    BUILDING ONTARIO'S INNOVATION ECONOMY

                    Supporting Basic and Applied Research

    ECONOMY
    

    Ontario is committed to supporting research and innovation as a means of
turning global challenges into our next generation of jobs - and most
importantly, to create a higher quality of life for Ontario families.
    Ontario's $3-billion Innovation Agenda
(http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/oia/program.asp) is about making
investments in our greatest assets - our people and our best ideas - to make
this province healthier, greener and to strengthen our economy. We are focused
on supporting innovation that will tackle climate change, lead to better
health care and ignite growth in the industries that will shape our future.

    LEGACY

    Ontario has a legacy of research excellence and innovation, of turning
our best science and ideas into world-leading vaccines, better ways to treat
and prevent disease, and health technologies.
    Ontario created IMAX and the Blackberry. We invented the pacemaker. And
right now Ontario companies are building cleaner ways to generate the energy
we need, by engineering new technologies that do a better job of tapping into
the power of the sun, wind, and water. From stem cells and insulin to the
science and technology that helped put a man on the moon and robots on Mars,
Ontario ideas, discoveries and inventions are revolutionizing the world.
    And with support from the Ontario government, our leading researchers are
exploring the frontiers of science, amassing new knowledge that will transform
technology, create new products and services and generate good-paying jobs in
Ontario.
    Research is the foundation of this innovation.

    ONTARIO RESEARCH FUND

    The Ontario Research Fund
(http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/ResearchFund.asp) strengthens
Ontario's legacy of innovation and ingenuity by supporting the province's best
and brightest researchers, the world-class research institutions that support
their work, and the entrepreneurs that are helping to bring their best ideas
to the global market.
    Through the latest round of the Ontario Research Fund, the province is
investing almost $7.6 million in 46 research projects at 13 postsecondary
institutions across the province. All projects are chosen for global research
excellence, as identified by international peer review.
    The funds will help support the work of 342 of Ontario's leading
scientists doing basic and applied research and will leverage some
$11.4 million from the federal government and research institutions.

    ONTARIO'S INNOVATION AGENDA

    The Ontario Research Fund is an important part of Ontario's Innovation
Agenda. Supported by $3 billion over eight years, Ontario's Innovation Agenda
is focused on supporting world-class research and innovative companies in
areas where the province already is, or can be, a global leader.
    In addition to internationally peer-reviewed fundamental and applied
research, Ontario's priorities are:

    
    -   Tackling climate change through bio-based, environmental, alternative
        energy and clean technologies

    -   Advancing the digital universe through new information and
        communications technologies

    -   Conquering disease through life sciences, biotechnology, advanced
        health technologies and pharmaceutical research.
    

    BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH

    Basic research is fundamental science - the field of work that led Newton
to his law of universal gravitation and Einstein to his theory of relativity.
    Fundamental science is vital to Ontario's future growth and
competitiveness in the 21st century. In a global economy, the jurisdiction
that places a premium on supporting creativity and research excellence,
supported by investments in education, will succeed in becoming leaders in
innovation - which translates into good jobs, better lives for families, and a
more sustainable economy.
    Ontario is well positioned to lead in this field - partly thanks to
research being led out of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
(http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/) and the Institute for Quantum Computing
(http://www.iqc.ca/) at the University of Waterloo (http://uwaterloo.ca/). The
Ontario government partnered with Mike Lazaridis, co-chief executive officer
of Research in Motion Ltd., and others to establish both institutes, which are
attracting top scientists from around the world, including Dr. Neil Turok
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=8cfc5e4848a1638), executive director of the
Perimeter Institute and Dr. Raymond Laflamme
(http://www.iqc.ca/people/person.php?id=52), director of the Institute for
Quantum Computing and winner of a 2008 Premier's Discovery Award for his
contributions to natural sciences and engineering.
    This investment also includes support for humanities and social science
projects, essential components of a creative, knowledge-based economy. This
research will help Ontario manage emerging social and public policy issues.
    Investments in research go beyond funding specific projects. Each
investment supports vital training for the next generation of researchers.
Overall, investing helps build the research infrastructure, including
science-innovation links and a culture of innovation. By enhancing the
research environment Ontario attracts more world-class talent to the
province's research institutions, increasing the potential for groundbreaking
discoveries and economic growth.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Kristan Koehle, Minister's Office, (416)
325-8908; Perry Blocher, MRI Communications Branch, (416) 326-7717

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