Archived — Harper Government Invests In Micro-Satellite Technology

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Minister Goodyear and other dignitaries are gathered to celebrate a funding announcement under the Southern Ontario Development Program in Cambridge.

L-R: Peter Mabson, President, Exact Earth; John Keating, Chief Executive Officer, COM DEV International Ltd.; the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre; and Mike Pley, Chief Operating Officer, COM DEV International Ltd. Representatives are gathered to celebrate a funding announcement under the Southern Ontario Development Program, delivered by FedDev Ontario, in Cambridge. Source: Rainer Leipscher, The Canadian Press Images.

Announcement will strengthen Ontario's position as a world leader in micro-satellite technology

For immediate release
November 30, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, ON — COM DEV International Ltd. will benefit from an investment of $5.2 million to create world-class micro-satellite system technology, products and services. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, made the announcement at the company's headquarters in Cambridge today.

"Our government is committed to providing greater economic opportunities for the people, businesses and communities of southern Ontario," said Minister Goodyear. "This investment will create jobs and help reinforce COM DEV International's micro-satellite technology, which will strengthen Ontario's position as a world leader in this growing market."

This partnership is funded under the Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP), which will allow COM DEV to launch the first generation of its micro-satellites and establish Ontario as a world leader in this emerging industry.

"We are very pleased to obtain the direct support of the federal government as we build out the infrastructure to enable us to pursue an exciting new growth opportunity," said John Keating, Chief Executive Officer of COM DEV International Ltd. "We believe there is a significant market both in Canada and internationally for micro-satellites and the data they are uniquely capable of gathering."

For more information on COM DEV and its Micro-satellite Infrastructure Program, please see the backgrounder.

The Southern Ontario Development Program promotes economic development, economic diversification, job creation and sustainable communities in southern Ontario. The SODP is just one in a series of initiatives introduced in the government's Economic Action Plan designed to address the short-term effects of the economic decline on communities across Canada, while preparing our communities for long-term growth. Overall funding for the SODP is $100 million in 2009–10.

For more information on the SODP and details regarding the intake processes, please visit the FedDev Ontario web site. For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan initiatives, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Gary Toft, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, 613-943-7599

Media Relations, Industry Canada, 613-943-2505

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