NORTH BAY, ON, Sept. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Canadore officially unveiled its unique Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (ICAMP). The Centre is a unique partnership arrangement focused on business development and expansion that allows companies to conceptualize, design, prototype and improve or test new products for the commercial marketplace.
"This facility brings innovation, applied learning, leadership and partnership to life," said Canadore President George Burton. "Just imagine conceiving a new product idea and then being able to test its viability before the need for significant investment. That's ICAMP, and we're very excited to be open for business thanks to the support of government and industry."
During the grand opening, guests were invited to see live demonstrations of the Centre's 3D simulation software, projectors, scanners and printers as well as robotic devices. Small and medium enterprises will have access to technologies and automation to, encourage manufacturing best practices, product prototyping and entrepreneurial leadership and reduce environmental impacts.
"Manufacturing is vital to Northern Ontario's economy and ICAMP will help ensure the sector's sustainability and continued success," said the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and FedNor and Minister responsible for the Ring of Fire. "By supporting this impressive facility, and collaborating with strong community partners like Canadore College, our Government is delivering on its commitment to support innovation and the types of projects that create jobs, growth and prosperity in our region. I also want to highlight the important leadership role my colleague Jay Aspin played in making this project a reality for his community."
"I am proud that our Government's investment of $1 million in ICAMP, through FedNor, is helping to stimulate growth in Northern Ontario's manufacturing and production industries," said Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin "I am witnessing first hand the positive economic results this centre is delivering for the people, businesses and communities of this region."
ICAMP is an incubator facility designed for industry to assist in technology transfer, act as a retention tool and stimulate business growth.
"Our government is continuing to support growth and innovation across Northern Ontario, and through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, we are very pleased to invest in this wonderful and exciting project" said the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines. "The ICAMP project will certainly expand the potential for Northern Ontario's economic growth and offer companies the ability to design and develop new products and technologies that will stimulate job creation and attract new industries to the region."
Canadore trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 60 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and student services. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from the College each year, and they join 40,000 alumni working across the globe.
Image with caption: "ABB industrial robot system on a track leading to a Doosan 9-axis computerized numerical control (CNC) machine (CNW Group/Canadore College)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130920_C9241_PHOTO_EN_31122.jpg
SOURCE: Canadore College
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