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Refocused NRC Will Benefit Canadian Industries

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 7, 2013) – The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has transformed into an industry-focused research and technology organization. The refocused NRC will work with Canadian industries to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy.

“NRC plays a pivotal role at the heart of Canada’s innovation system,” said the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). “The refocused NRC will provide Canadian industries with access to strategic research and development, technical services and specialized scientific infrastructure they need to succeed.”

“The Government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said the Honourable Claude Carignan, Deputy Leader of the Government at the Senate. “By refocusing the NRC into a research and technology organization, our Government is ensuring that Canadian firms have the instruments and tools they need to become even more successful on the global stage.”

The refocused NRC will support Canadian industries by investing in large-scale research projects that are directed by and for Canadian business. It will also develop international networks to ensure timely access to primary research and will open the doors to world class scientific infrastructure, technical expertise and people.

“We are very excited about this change. Our organization is now easier for business to understand and access,” said John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council. “We are committed to being a strong partner for innovation, and focused on achieving the concrete outcomes that will contribute to a stronger and more prosperous Canada. We will measure our success by the success of our clients.”

Research and technology organizations are mission-oriented providers of innovation services to firms and governments, dedicated to building economic competitiveness and, in doing so, improving quality of life. The refocused NRC will strengthen Canadian industry by encouraging more business investment to develop innovative products and services.

Approximately 4,000 employees and 1,500 visiting workers
Some fifty facilities nationwide, including in Victoria, Vancouver, Penticton, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, London, Cambridge, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Boucherville, Saguenay, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, Charlottetown, St. John’s
NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) has offices in over 100 communities across Canada
Planned budget for 2013 is approximately $900 million
NRC’s four business lines: Strategic Research and Development, Technical Services, Management of National Science and Technology Infrastructure, and IRAP
NRC’s three research divisions: Engineering, Emerging Technologies, and Life Sciences
NRC’s portfolios: Aerospace; Aquatic and Crop Resource Development; Automotive and Surface Transportation; Construction; Energy, Mining, and Environment; Human Health Therapeutics; Information and Communications Technologies; Measurement Standards and Science; Medical Devices; National Science Infrastructure; Oceans, Coastal, and River Engineering; and, Security and Disruptive Technologies