Government of Canada/Public Works — November 15, 2012

Harper Government Kick-Starts Entrepreneurial Business in Markham, Ontario

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2012) - Paul Calandra, Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, is pleased to announce that the Harper Government has awarded a $284,746 contract to CriSys Limited for their pre-qualified innovation 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. "We are proud to encourage Canada's entrepreneurial spirit by kick-starting Canadian businesses to get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace."

"Strengthening Canada's economy is our number one priority, and this contract award is great news for the workers of CriSys Limited and our region," said MP Paul Calandra. "We're putting our support behind their innovation, designed right here in Markham, and helping to kick-start their product into domestic and international markets. I am proud that our Government promotes local innovation and reinforces our region's tremendous entrepreneurial spirit through this successful program."

CriSys Limited's innovation is called the Human Needs-based Disaster Preparedness / Response / Recovery Manager with Active Directions and Dynamic Tracking. It is a disaster preparedness plan, based on human and community needs and adaptive rule-based artificial intelligence, employed to synthesize, distribute and track detailed, situation-specific disaster response and recovery plans in real time.

"We are very pleased to receive the support of the Government of Canada through this program. This initiative will give a boost to our business and the innovation sector," said Dale Paus, President of CriSys Limited.

Launched in 2010, the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program has already shown encouraging results, connecting Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services. By selling to the federal government, businesses can demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-federal customers.

To build on the early success of this program, Economic Action Plan 2012 allocated an additional $95 million over three years, starting in 2013-14, and $40 million per year thereafter to make the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program permanent. The program will include an added military procurement component.

For the complete list of the successful innovations, please refer to the backgrounder.

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