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Skelton Speaks at TRLabs
Thank you, David (MC, David Milne TRLabs Director),
Minister Cline, Mr. Wittal (Kym, Chairman of TRLabs’ Board of Directors),
honoured guests, it’s good to see you.
I’m pleased to be here today to affirm the Government of
Canada’s commitment to keep the economy strong. Through Western
Economic Diversification, Canada’s New Government is keeping the West at
the forefront of technology. We are focusing on activities that support
knowledge-based industries, research and development, commercialization
and value-added production. To that end, I am pleased to announce
that we are demonstrating our commitment to a strong technology economy
across the West with a 10 million dollar ($10 M) investment in TRLabs over
the next five years.
Our provincial partners—the Governments of Saskatchewan,
Manitoba and Alberta—are also providing significant funds toward TRLabs,
as are many industry partners.
TRLabs is Canada’s largest and most successful
not-for-profit research consortium for information and communications
technology. It creates innovative technologies and trains students to
enhance information technology expertise. With five labs across the
prairies, TRLabs employs university professors, graduate students,
industrial partners, and staff researchers. This includes labs at
both the University of Regina and here at the University of Saskatchewan.
Today’s investment will mean approximately 2 million dollars ($2 M) for
these two Saskatchewan labs.
Canada’s New Government is proud to take part in this
innovative partnership because we are getting things done for Canadians.
TRLabs has a solid, 20-year track record of success in Saskatchwean …
developing 23 patents over the past five years and producing 12
industry-commercialized technologies. They have become
a significant player in the information and communications
technology industry … which is a key driver of competitiveness and
productivity in virtually all of Canada’s economic sectors. That’s
why Western Economic Diversification Canada is investing in its continued
With five labs in key cities across the Prairie Provinces,
TRLabs is a strong example of the type of multi-region, multi-partner,
multi-benefit activity that WD supports. WD is generating lasting
and measurable economic benefits for western Canadians. I have been
working hard to make WD more accountable.
The Department is now aligned around clear economic
priorities. These include technology commercialization, improving growth
and competitiveness and strengthening trade. Our bottom line is
delivering results in cost-effective ways that ensure accountability to
Canada’s New Government delivering on our promises—and
keeping a clear focus on priorities. We started by refocusing spending on
priorities and reducing the national debt. We will move forward to
implement accountability measures, improve national security and ensure we
have clean air for our children to breathe. We are restoring the
confidence of taxpayers by ensuring responsible financial management and,
most important of all, by keeping the economy strong.
Canada's New Government recently released Advantage
Canada, a long-term, national economic plan designed to make Canada an
identifies a need to retain and attract the best talent in
the world—innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, risk takers and
TRLabs is doing exactly that. Last year, TRLabs’ Saskatoon
and Regina outlets helped more than 150 Masters and PhD students in
Computer and Electrical Engineering finish their programs and take the
practical skills they gained into the marketplace.
We support people that are converting bright ideas into new
products and services – that are generating more economic growth and
creating new, well-paying jobs for Canadians. With that in mind, our
investment today is well placed because TRLabs is developing compelling
research that benefits Canadians.
To give you an example, TRLabs researchers were granted the
Regina Chamber of Commerce’s Paragon Award of Innovation for their work on
real-time collaboration across networks. Not to be outdone,
Saskatoon TRLabs researchers have teamed up with researchers at the
University of Saskatchewan. Using synchrotron technology at the Canadian
Light Source, they are now fabricating micro and nano scaled devices.
To top it off, TRLabs has developed Fiberlink, a new product that pumps
high-speed Internet through existing telephone lines. This technology is
already allowing telephone carriers in Saskatchewan to expand their
high-speed coverage into rural areas.
Canada’s New Government is very proud to support this type
of work through TRLabs as we work together towards building a stronger
economy. On behalf of Canada’s New Government and Western Economic
Diversification Canada, I would like to congratulate Mr. Witall from the
TRLabs board as well as David Milne and all of the staff here on the
success TRLabs has achieved over the past twenty years. Your efforts
are the building blocks for vibrant and healthy communities in
Saskatchewan and across Canada.