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Smartpods create healthier productive workspaces

Government of Canada investment helps Dieppe company improve productivity

March 31, 2015 - Moncton, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

 


Smartpods is undertaking an initiative aimed at reducing its overall production costs, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. The Smartpods office environment technology is designed to improve employee health and wellness, increase productivity and lower health related costs.

Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), made the announcement today.

Funding of $274,313 will help the company with the development, manufacturing and distribution of Smartpods, a proactive dynamic workstation designed to allow normally sedentary office workers to perform their tasks in an unobtrusive active environment.

Today’s Government of Canada investment is being provided through ACOA’s Business Development Program.

Quick Facts:

• Léon DesRoches, President of Smartpods, is also the owner of Sparx Wellness Institute (a multi-disciplinary health and wellness Institute) located in Dieppe. Mr. DesRoches holds two Bachelor’s degrees: one in Kinesiology from Université de Moncton and the other in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University.
• In 2014, the Government of Canada invested $120,900 in this initiative, through ACOA.
• Smartpods is the first and only workstation that intelligently and automatically moves up, down, left and right at predetermined rates and intervals known to improve whole body health without disrupting users’ work. Based on individual data entered into the Smartpods, the workstation moves from a proper sitting to standing height and from left to right periodically throughout the workday. This automation ensures that an employee is never in a single position for too long.

Quotes:

“Our Government is committed to helping create the conditions for businesses to grow, compete, innovate and succeed. Our support for Smartpods will help the company to enhance its productivity and strengthen our region’s innovation capacity.”

- Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (ACOA)

“We are very fortunate to have an organization like ACOA supporting our company and its vision.  Their support has allowed our company to continually improve our product and overall business strategy, thus having a direct effect on our sales and further allowing us to compete on a national level.”

- Léon DesRoches, President of Smartpods 

Associated Links:

• www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca
• www.actionplan.gc.ca
• www.smartpods.ca

Contacts:
 
Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
613-941-7241

Paul CJ LeBlanc
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-452-3310

Léon DesRoches
President
Smartpods
506-878-0799

Marc Melanson
Senior Sales Consultant
Smartpods
506-588-0208