Archived—Industry Canada Business Plan 2008–2009

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Success stories

The work of Industry Canada employees makes a difference for Canadians in so many ways — from fostering the knowledge-based economy, to advancing the marketplace to supporting business. The success stories presented here highlight just some of these contributions.


Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research

Photo of members of Industry Canada's Science and Technology Strategy and Montreal Neurological Institute team

Industry Canada's Science and Technology Strategy and Montreal Neurological Institute team (left to right):

Front row: Karen Corkery, Nathalie Roy, Pierre Therrien
Second row: Iain Stewart, Anne Marie Monteith, Jennifer Savoir, Sylvie Renaud
Absent: Vanessa Chang, Kurji Feyrouz

The Science and Technology Strategy and Budget 2007 launched the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research to encourage public–private research and development and commercialization partnerships. Subsequently, 18 centres have been provided with up to $15 million for a broad range of exciting university, college and industry partnerships across the country in the Strategy's four research priority areas (the environment, natural resources and energy, health and life sciences, and information and communications technologies).

For example, the Montreal Neurological Institute, which is affiliated with McGill University, houses multidisciplinary teams of basic and clinical scientists who work together to generate fundamental information about the nervous system and to apply that knowledge to understanding and treating neurological diseases.

Established in 1934 by the eminent neurosurgeon and scientist Wilder Penfield, the Institute is internationally recognized for its work in epilepsy research, neuropsychology, neuroimmunology, complex neural systems and neuromuscular disease. The Institute performs more epilepsy surgery than any other centre in the world. Pioneering studies conducted at the Institute also paved the way for positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain-mapping scans.

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Communications Research Centre Canada inducted into Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame

Photo of Dr. Veena Rawat, President of Communications Research Centre Canada

Dr. Veena Rawat, President of Communications Research Centre Canada

In October 2007, Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame presented its 2007 Special Recognition Award to Communications Research Centre Canada and its predecessor, the Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment.

The Special Recognition Award, given to one recipient annually, acknowledges the achievements of an organization, group, location, event or technology of special significance to the success and legacy of Canadian telecommunications.

The widely recognized efforts and contributions of Dr. Veena Rawat, President of Communications Research Centre Canada, have led to a significant increase in the representation and recognition of women in leadership roles in several national and international organizations.

 

 

 

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Computers for Schools

Computers for Schools helps thousands of young Canadians get hands-on experience with information and communications technologies and access to computers and software. By collecting, repairing and refurbishing donated surplus computers from government and private sector sources, Computers for Schools works to ensure equitable access to information and communications technologies in schools, libraries and non-profit learning organizations across Canada.

Photo: Jean Desjardins of Computers for Schools delivers computers to schools, libraries and non-profit learning organizations

Jean Desjardins of Computers for Schools delivers computers to schools, libraries and non-profit learning organizations.

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Launch of the Canadian Industrial Designs Database

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office recently launched a database containing the complete collection of Canadian industrial designs. More than 110 000 registered industrial designs are now accessible online. Canadians can perform an online search of all registered designs dating from December 1861 to the present day. This allows users to determine, before filing a new design, whether it already exists, to study trends and gather information on the evolution of Canadian designs over nearly 150 years, and to look for new opportunities to improve old designs.

Photo of members of CIPO's Canadian Industrial Designs Database team

Representing CIPO's Canadian Industrial Designs Database team are (left to right):

Front row: Robert Lussier, Guylaine Plouffe, Dovi Ayivi-Togbassa, Guy Guertin, Gale Connah, François Lapointe
Second row: Julie MacDonald, Francine Bouthillier, Robert Snipe, Denis Simard, Layla Askari-Farahani, Marie-Claude Boyer, Suzanne Provencher
Third row: Jihad Harb, Ahmed Asimail, Guillaume Poisson, Luc Hardy, Robin Bolduc

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Transition to digital television

Jack Dadourian of the Spectrum Engineering Branch and Monica Gilbert of the Office of Consumer Affairs are working together to make sure Canadians have the information they need to make a smooth transition to all-digital television in 2011.

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Monica Gilbert of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Jack Dadourian of Spectrum Engineering Branch are working to facilitate the transition to all-digital television in Canada.
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ConsumerInformation.ca

ConsumerInformation.ca brings together the best information, tools and services for Canadian consumers from objective and reliable sources, including federal, provincial and territorial governments and their non-governmental organization partners.

Photo of Scott Cosgrove and Urmi Ray of the Office of Consumer Affairs' current university student co-op team for the ConsumerInformation.ca web portal

Scott Cosgrove and Urmi Ray are the Office of Consumer Affairs' current university student co-op team for the ConsumerInformation.ca web portal.

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Measurement standards

Canadians make measurement-based purchases every day. Measurement Canada's programs and services ensure that consumers and businesses can make these purchases with confidence, knowing that they are receiving the amount of product they are paying for.

Metrologists examine and test all prototype measuring devices before Measurement Canada issues a notice of approval indicating that a device model complies with the laws and requirements governing measurement and is approved for use in Canada.

Abderrahmane Cherradi, a Measurement Canada metrologist working at laboratory headquarters in Ottawa, examines and tests an electricity meter.

Abderrahmane Cherradi, a Measurement Canada metrologist working at laboratory headquarters in Ottawa, examines and tests an electricity meter.

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Successful advocacy in self-regulating professions

The Competition Bureau encourages governments and regulators to examine current restrictions on professions and consider legislative initiatives from a competitive perspective. It has commented to the governments of Nova Scotia, Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario on proposed legislation for dental hygiene practice in these provinces, and changes have already taken place in Alberta and Ontario, where hygienists are now beginning to compete independently.

The Bureau has also reported on self-regulating professions, focusing on lawyers, real estate agents, optometrists, accountants and pharmacists. Its report examines whether these professions' governing bodies impose restrictions that create barriers to effective competition. The Bureau has since met with several large provincial and national groups seeking to work with it, and other professional groups have solicited the Bureau's help to remedy situations that they believe are potentially anti-competitive.

Photo of members of the Competition Bureau's team

Representing the Competition Bureau's team are (left to right):

First row: Kelly Mahoney, Erin Stach
Second row: Josephine Palumbo, Gregg Erwin, Janet Holmes, Marie Khalil
Absent: Adam Newman

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Structured Financing Facility: Shipbuilding

Photo of Charles Hall of the Defence and Marine Directorate, who has worked with the Structured Shipbuilding Facility to support shipbuilding in Canada

Charles Hall of the Defence and Marine Directorate has worked with the Structured Shipbuilding Facility to support shipbuilding in Canada.

With Structured Financing Facility support of $6.8 million, Washington Marine Group won a $45.5-million contract to build an intermediate-sized ferry (MV Island Sky) for British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.

The ferry's hull was built by Vancouver Drydock Co. Ltd., while the superstructure was constructed by Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd.

The vessel is scheduled to be delivered in April 2008 and, upon completion, will have generated 180 person-years of shipyard work.

 

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BizPaL

This online source for government permits and licences is an award-winning, multi-jurisdictional government initiative. Industry Canada is the federal government lead and has worked with partners to launch BizPaL in 8 provinces and territories and in more than 80 municipalities to date.

Photo of members of the BizPaL team

The BizPaL team (left to right):

Front row: Marcie Girouard, John Morton, Kathleen Fraser, Jane Kralik
Second row: Deanna Mikolich, Marie-France Marquis, Jan Belcher, Dan Batista, Sophie Nowak, Louise Cardinal
Absent: Ken Chase, Jocelyne Garant, Diane Lepage, Nguyen Vu

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Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative

The Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) supports Canadian research and development excellence. For example, Diamond D-JET Corporation has chosen London, Ontario, in which to undertake the research, development and manufacturing of its D-JET, an all-composite, five-person, single-engine jet. SADI's $19.6-million investment will help develop the technology and leverage approximately $75 million of foreign direct investment in Canada.

Photo of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, and Peter Maurer, President of Diamond D-JET Corporation and Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc., with the D-JET aircraft

The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, and Peter Maurer, President of Diamond D-JET Corporation and Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc., with the D-JET aircraft.

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Enabling lower-cost, world-class wireless services for Canadians

In November 2007, Industry Canada secured new wireless frequencies for Canada at a United Nations conference to review the technical rules for wireless services around the world. This conference, held every four years, is the "wireless Olympics," with 191 countries and 700 industry members competing and cooperating to enable manufacturers of next-generation wireless technologies to access global markets and ensure that wireless service providers can offer new services at a lower cost to consumers.

Photo of members of Industry Canada's World Radiocommunication Conference 2007 team

Industry Canada's World Radiocommunication Conference 2007 team (left to right):

Front row: Bruce Gracie, Cindy-Lee Cook, Bob McCaughern, Chantal Beaumier, Marc Dupuis
Second row: Marc Girouard, Aldo Ongaro, Michel O Ndi, Gerry Shewan, Michel Gaudreau, Tom Mouchet
Third row: Suneil Kanjeekal, Jean-Claude Brien, Suzanne Lambert, Bun-Ret Ly, Chris Lafkas
Absent: Vassilios Mimis, Ted Antonacopoulos, Reema Havez, Chantal Gazaille, Margot Jackson

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Community Futures Program in Ontario: Creating local solutions for local economies

FedNor supports 61 local Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) throughout rural and Northern Ontario. Governed by local volunteer boards, these not-for-profit and community-based economic development organizations invest in local small businesses, develop and implement community development plans, and provide business advisory services. In the five years ending in December 2007, Ontario CFDCs invested more than $433 million in 6700 local businesses, helping to create or maintain more than 34 000 jobs and leveraging almost $490 million in private investment.

Photo of recreational scene at the Youth Enterprise Camp hosted by the North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corporation in northeastern Ontario

Up-and-coming entrepreneurs from across Ontario's North get a first-hand look at creating and running their own businesses at the Youth Enterprise Camp hosted by the North Claybelt CFDC in northeastern Ontario.

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