Government of Canada celebrates investments in world-class research and

SHAWINIGAN, QC, Dec. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today is celebrating the opening of a new Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency (C3E) in Shawinigan, Quebec.

"Our government supports research and development because it creates jobs, improves Canadians' quality of life and strengthens the economy for future generations," said Minister of State Goodyear. "The C3E is a world-class facility in Shawinigan that will support technology transfer and commercialization in the growing area of new energy technologies."

The C3E will unite critical partners to improve our environment while creating economic value. The centre will promote projects that advance the development of energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes, communications and information technology, bio-industries and transportation. The C3E plans to implement over 140 energy technology projects and participate in the development of another 50 business services projects, for an estimated total value of $50 million over five years.

The Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program is a key commitment of Canada's Science and Technology Strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in May 2007. The program is administered by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Secretariat. 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 and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research - 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. "This new CECR will work on important, multi-faceted Canadian problems while bringing the very best ideas to the marketplace. We look forward to helping the C3E achieve its maximum potential and impact."

The C3E received a federal contribution of $9.6 million over five years and is one of six new CECRs announced since January 2009, representing a total investment of $62.3 million over the next five years. These six centres join the 11 CECRs announced by the Government of Canada in 2008. More information on this new centre is provided in the attached backgrounder.

SOURCE Industry Canada

For further information: For further information: (media only), please contact: Gary Toft, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), (613) 943-7599; Kelly Nolan, Communications Manager, Networks of Centres of Excellence, (613) 996-0390; Media Relations, Industry Canada, (613) 943-2502

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