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Today at a major gathering of businesspeople and scientists, NanoQuébec is to be awarded significant Quebec government funding, to the tune of $11 million over the next three years. The announcement will be made by Mr. Raymond Bachand, minister of economic development, innovation and export trade, tourism minister and minister responsible for the Montreal region. The occasion is the official launch of NanoQuébec's funding program for key research facilities selected through a recent competition.
In the long run, this funding will help consolidate Quebec's leadership
position in Canadian nanotechnology and create wealth in Quebec by
accelerating the development and adoption of nanotechnology in the province's
"This funding from the government of Quebec will make it possible to
follow through on the ambitious business plan NanoQuébec released in the
spring of 2007," said NanoQuébec's Director General, Sylvain Cofsky. "We are
committed to making a significant contribution to Quebec's research and
innovation strategy, launched in 2006 by the government of Quebec. We plan to
do so by adopting a unifying approach, which will provide direction and focus
efforts on activities with very strong potential for innovation."
Mr. Sylvain Cofsky, NanoQuébec Director General; Mr. Edwin Bourget, vice
rector, research and creation, Université Laval; Mr. Jacques Beauvais, vice
rector, research, Université de Sherbrooke; and Mr. Jocelyn Vézina, President
and CEO of TSO3 will speak about the importance of nanotechnology development
for the Quebec economy and the strong attractiveness and integration of the
nanotechnology research infrastructure supported by NanoQuébec.
NanoQuébec is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to
strengthen innovation in nanotechnology in order to ensure solid and sustained
economic growth for Quebec and Canada. Its principal funding partners are
MDEIE (Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de
l'Exportation) and Canada Economic Development.
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