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Province Invests In Innovative New Centres At Cambrian And Norcat

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Province Invests In Innovative New Centres At Cambrian And Norcat

Centres To Support Growth Of Business, Industry And Green Energy Development

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is fuelling innovation in the North by investing in two new exciting centres at NORCAT and Cambrian College, Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The Innovation and Commercialization Park will build on the services already offered by NORCAT in nurturing new business and industrial development concepts," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "The Sustainable Energy Centre has the potential to play a prominent role in attracting industry, business, builders and designers of alternative energy products to Northern Ontario to pursue developmental opportunities."

The NOHFC is providing $1.5 million to the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) to support construction of a 40,000-square foot innovation and commercialization park and $1 million for the establishment of a Sustainable Energy Centre to Cambrian College. The park, to be located off Maley Drive, will provide small and medium enterprises with the space necessary to develop new technology, products and processes. The facility will provide flexible space to meet the needs of tenants seeking to develop projects or expand their markets. A unique aspect of the project will be its "techno/business" component, which will provide a complete array of services including business advice, formal organization, planning and access, business development funds, space (retail, shop, and storage), prototyping and technological assistance.

The Sustainable Energy Centre will consist of an innovative teaching and applied research facility that will provide entrepreneurs and businesses a venue to develop, test and demonstrate sustainable energy prototypes and green technologies.  It will prepare college students for careers in the fast growing fields of green building, energy efficiency and resource conservation through specialized course work leading to a three-year diploma in Energy Systems Technology. It will also engage elementary and secondary schools through workshops and other activities.

"Sustainable energy is an emerging global technology," said Cambrian President Sylvia Barnard.  "Cambrian College is proud to be able to position Sudbury and Ontario as leaders in ensuring a sustainable future for our children.  The two projects announced today will enable the ongoing diversification of our northern economy.  We thank Minister Bartolucci and the provincial government for their dedication and resolve to ensure the productivity of our region and our province."
"Yet again, the provincial government is showing outstanding leadership in ensuring a competitive Ontario," said Darryl Lake, CEO and Executive Director of NORCAT.  "Through their continued support of NORCAT, Premier McGuinty and Minister Bartolucci are laying a foundation for Sudbury and the province to take the lead in innovation and commercialization.  I commend and thank them for their vision and for their commitment to the North and to Ontario."

 "Current available commercial space is often geared toward long-term commitments which do not meet the needs or are beyond the financial capacity of many start-up operations," said Bartolucci.  "All the services provided by this centre will be located at a single site to allow for co-mingling among clients and anchor tenants, helping to build strong foundations for new ventures while strengthening the North's industrial, technological and business cluster."

These are just two more examples of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North.  Other examples include:

  • Investing a total of $8.73 million to build a cryopit at the SNOLAB research facility in Lively
  • Providing a total of $3 million for major infrastructure projects that will support expansion of Laurentian's environmental sciences and school of engineering programs
  • Providing $1.4 million toward the construction of a two-storey, 4,400-square foot addition at Dynamic Earth that will house temporary or travelling exhibits and an exhibit and multimedia experience about surface mining processes

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

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