Article Type: News Briefs

Calgary renames its R&D agency

The Calgary Research and Development Authority (CR&DA) has been re-branded Calgary Technologies Inc (CTI) to more properly reflect the economic sector it is mandated to promote. CTI will seek to capitalize on the city’s technology sector that employed 47,000 people in 1998 and generated more than $9 billion in revenue. It will be funded primarily…

R$ raffle winner

Congratulations to Dr John Perdikoulias who won the RE$EARCH MONEY raffle and receives a year’s subscription to the publication. Perdikoulias is in charge of Canadian office for Compuplast International Inc. He entered the raffle at our booth at Partnerships 2000, a networking event held on June 15 by Materials and Manufacturing Ontario.

Ontario creates two more biotech incubation centres

Ontario’s Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology has announced two more in its series of biotechnology incubator centres, stemming from its $20-million Ontario Biotechnology Commercialization Fund created late last year (R$, November 10/99). The two newest centres in Ottawa and London follow an earlier announcement for a Toronto incubator (R$, June 30/00). The Ottawa Biotechnology…

BC creates aquaculture R&D trust fund

The Government of British Columbia is creating a trust fund for aquaculture R&D and education with a focus on making the industry more competitive and developing environmentally sustainable technologies. The fund will be financed through a levy on BC salmon farmers and may also receive contribution from the provincial and federal governments. The amount of…

Guelph home to AAFC’s 19th food research centre

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has opened its 19th national research centre close to the Univ of Guelph. The $10-million Food Research Program centre consolidates all of AAFC’s food research activities in the region under one roof and will employ more than 60 people including 22 research scientists. It will also include a 300-sq-m pilot…

CGDN researchers develop model for neuron cell death

Researchers of the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network (CGDN) have developed a new model for neuronal cell death. Researchers at the Univ of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics and the Univ of British Columbia have shown that mutant genes confer a constant risk of programmed cell death and contribute to…

Feds provide $10 million to help privatize Whiteshell URL

The federal government is committing up to $10 million to support painfully slow efforts to privatize portions of the Whiteshell laboratories, which were slated for closure in 1998 by Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL). AECL will receive $5 million over two years to “help facilitate the privatization process now underway”, while the second $5 million…

Leitch set for acquisition trail with $52.8M share issue

Leitch Technology Corp is seeking to raise $52.8 million for acquisitions and general corporate purposes. The Toronto-based developer and manufacturer of digital audio and video equipment will issue two million common shares to underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc and Yorkton Securities, with a closing slated for July 7. Recent declines in the price…

Canada leads pack in poor showing of government movement to Internet

Canada is leading the world in conducting eGovernment transactions, according to a new global study of 20 nations by Andersen Consulting. Transactions are considered the most advanced phase of governments’ evolution to the Internet, preceded by publishing and interacting. The study found that most countries are conducting relatively little business digitally, whether that business is…

CATA slams Competition Bureau’s IP enforcement guidelines

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is warning that the Competition Bureau’s proposed Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (IPEG) will negatively impact on Canada’s potential for growth. In letters to Commissioner of Competition Conrad Finckenstein and Industry Canada minister John Manley, CATA president John Reid argues that overly restrictive descriptions of intellectual property (IP) statutes and…