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Canada: Harper Government Supports Innovation and Canadian Entrepreneurial Spirit
Source: news.gc.ca
Source Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Canada
Created: May 07, 2013

Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa–Orléans, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit called From Prototype to Market in partnership with the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM). The exhibit highlights the Harper Government’s continued support to innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit in Canada through the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).

“Our Government’s top priority is the economy and we understand that helping Canadian businesses expand and succeed directly benefits Canadian workers and families by creating jobs and prosperity,” said Minister Ambrose. “By supporting innovation designed right here, we are helping bring these businesses one step closer in moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.”

From Prototype to Market is a bilingual exhibit in the museum’s Techno Zone (the CSTM’s new technology marketplace) that showcases leading-edge products being developed by Canadian innovators supported through the CICP. The exhibit aims to inspire Canadians of all generations to become more engaged with science and technology.

“We are here today to showcase the successes of our Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program,” said Mr. Galipeau. “We know that by helping Canadian innovation, we are helping Canadian businesses expand and succeed, and create jobs, growth and prosperity.”

Created by the Harper Government in 2010, the CICP helps businesses move their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace. Successful bidders see their pre commercialized innovative products and services tested within government departments and are given valuable feedback from users. The CICP is managed by Public Works and Government Services Canada’s Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, whose mandate is to improve access to government procurement opportunities for small and medium enterprises.

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