Article Type: News Briefs

Vancouver home to fully integrated high-tech business park

Vancouver’s east side will be the site of what is being hailed as the largest fully integrated advanced technology business park in North America. The initial phase of construction on 18-acre, the $500-million tech-park.com is slated to begin this fall, with the first of 13 separate buildings open for tenants in early 2001. Once completed…

Zenon Environmental nabs $9.9M in TPC funding

Zenon Environmental Inc, Burlington ON, has received $9.9 million in assistance to accelerate development of its filtration-membrane technology for combating waterborne microbial infections and chlorine resistant parasites. The funding from Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) will used used for a three-year development project to improve the efficiency and performance standards of Zenon’s existing, widely used treatment…

Correction

In the May 26/00 issue of RE$EARCH MONEY, there was an omission in the chart accompanying a feature story on the Canada Research Chairs Program, which listed the top recipients of university chair allocations. The Univ of Manitoba should have been included in the chart as a ranking institution. It has been allocated 53 chairs…

NRC opens DNA sequencing facility at Institute of Marine Biosciences

The National Research Council (NRC) has unveiled the first plank in its growing Atlantic Canada genomics operations with the official opening of a $1.5-million, large-scale DNA sequencing facility. Housed within the NRC’s Institute for Marine Biosciences (IMB) in Halifax, it will also be associated with the planned regional centre of Genome Canada. It is hoped…

Derland receives $9.5 million in federal assistance

Derland Aerospace Canada has received $9.5 million in funding from Technology Partnerships Canada to develop a lighter more powerful transmission for the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter. The R&D project will be conducted in conjunction with The Boeing Co, which is producing the aircraft in Mesa AZ. Milton ON-based Derlan plans to use advanced fear-gear transmissions…

Microcell conducts wireless trial with Ernst & Young

Microcell Connexions has teamed with Ernst & Young for an infrastructure trial of its technology that allow firms to incorporate its wireless equipment into existing IP-based local area networks. Dubbed Wireless Office, the system link user’s wireless handsets to in-house systems and global networks using the global system for mobile communications (GSM) protocol. The subsidiary…

CFI awards $11.8M under New Opportunities Fund

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has awarded another $11.8 million under its New Opportunities Fund, bringing the total awards to $71.9 million since it was launched in 1998. The new awards support 67 projects at 24 universities, helping launch the careers of 97 new faculty members. The Univ of Manitoba, Univ of Toronto and…

Ontario boosts optical telecommunications infrastructure

The Ontario government is committing up to $57 million over five years from its SuperBuild Growth Fund to link the province’s key innovation players to an all-optical advanced telecommunications network. Designed to compliment CANARIE’s all-optical CA*net 3, the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) will connect all provincial universities during its first phase at…

Smart Communities pilot projects chosen

Industry Canada has announced its 12 Smart Communities Demonstration Projects which will see one community located in each province, as well as one in the Northwest territories and an Aboriginal project in Ontario. As announced in the federal 1999 budget under the Connecting Canadians initiative, the government will contribute $5 million to each project with…

Innovatech du Grand Montréal may be privatized

The Quebec government has created a working group to examine the feasibility of privatizing its respected venture capital operation, Société Innovatech du Grand Montréal. The working group will be comprised by government representatives from the ministries of finance, municipal affairs and research, science and technology and several external consulting firms. Innova-tech has $350 million in…