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HARPER GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN INNOVATION IN FREDERICTON

 

May 17, 2013 - FREDERICTON (NB)

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister of the Atlantic Gateway, today announced an investment of close to $5.9 million in support of three innovative research and development (R&D) projects at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Fredericton, under the 2012 Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) competitive round.

The UNB projects were among 17 new R&D projects in Atlantic Canada selected to receive AIF funding, as announced on May 14, in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. In total, the Government of Canada will invest $39.9 million under the AIF to transform promising ideas into marketable innovations. The combined value of these projects is over $71.1 million.

 “Innovation is a driving force of economic development in Canada and is a priority of our Government,” said Minister Shea. “We are committed to helping Atlantic Canada’s businesses to move innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace. Investments in innovation help build our country’s commercialization capacity and strengthen our economy by creating high-quality jobs and generating economic wealth."

The AIF funding announced today will assist the university to carry out three projects: develop hardware, software and MRI measurement tools to help detect and extract hydrocarbons, including oil and gas; develop an IT toolset to identify potential risks and threats to computer systems; and develop natural fibre-based wraps for pulp baling and carton box strapping, as a renewable and cost-effective packaging alternative.

“The projects supported by this latest round of AIF funding are testaments to the world-class research that is being carried out at UNB and contribute to an innovative, productive and competitive economy,” said Minister Ashfield. “Our Government’s investment in R&D helps institutions like UNB to continue to conduct top level research and to collaborate with businesses to achieve commercial success for their innovations.”

Since its launch, the Atlantic Innovation Fund has been helping Atlantic Canadians compete in a global knowledge-based economy through the development and commercialization of new and innovative processes, technologies, products and services. In Economic Action Plan 2010, the government ensured that funding for the AIF would be permanent.

Since 2006, a total investment of $503.8 million has been committed to business and institutional projects under the Atlantic Innovation Fund.

For a complete list of AIF-funded projects, visit www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca.

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Ministers Gail Shea and Keith Ashfield announced an investment of close to $5.9 million in three projects at UNB Fredericton under the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF).

This follows a May 14 announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the government will invest a total of nearly $40 million to support 17 new R&D projects across Atlantic Canada.

Minister Shea said the Government is committed to helping businesses take innovative ideas to the marketplace because innovation is a driving force of economic development in Canada.

Minister Ashfield said by supporting R&D, the Government is helping UNB to continue to conduct top level research and to collaborate with businesses to achieve commercial success for their innovations.

The Atlantic Innovation Fund helps Atlantic Canadians compete in a global knowledge-based economy through the development and commercialization of new ideas, technologies, products and services.


INFORMATION:
 
Sophie Doucet, Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gail Shea (ACOA)
613-851-2955

Ted Parisé, Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-452-3917


Backgrounder

Projects

University of New Brunswick (Fredericton)
Project: Tools to detect hydrocarbons
Investment: $2,520,118

This project will develop hardware, software and MRI measurement tools to be used by industry to enhance detection and extraction of hydrocarbons, including oil, gas, shale oil and gas, most notably from unconventional and marginal reservoirs.

Contact:
Bruce J. Balcom, Professor
Director MRI Research Centre
Canada Research Chair in MRI of Materials
Department of Physics
(506) 458-7938

University of New Brunswick (Fredericton)
Project: Stronger, less expensive, natural fibre-based packaging alternative
Investment: $1,541,722

The objective of this project is to develop fibre-based technologies to replace plastics, wire, and less durable paper products traditionally used in the packaging manufacturing sector. The mechanical properties of the fibre-based material are targeted to be increased by 50% as well as 50% less expensive than existing paper products. The research will lead to new commercial applications and demand for paper-based products.

Dr. Yonghao Ni
University of New Brunswick
 (506) 453-4547

University of New Brunswick (Fredericton)
Project: IT toolset to reveal and mitigate security threats and risks
Investment: $1,799,848

This project will develop a software product to address security breaches and vulnerabilities that compromise critical information system infrastructure. The project involves developing an intelligent toolset for automated security analysis and risk management for large-scale computer systems, most of which are currently for defense use. This toolset will include a process of identifying system threats and assessing corresponding risks.

Contact:
Dr. Ali Ghorbani
(506) 458-7265
Ghorbani@unb.ca