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Minister Goodyear launches initiative to connect Canadian businesses with the next generation of skilled workers

Minister Goodyear and other MPs observe as Gurjit Singh, Elevate PhD Fellow, conducts research at Unitron Hearing Ltd.

L-R: The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); Steven Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre; Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo; and Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, observe as Gurjit Singh, Elevate PhD Fellow, conducts research at Unitron Hearing Ltd. in Kitchener following a Southern Ontario Development Program announcement. Source: FedDev Ontario

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July 28, 2010

Kitchener, ONHighly-skilled workers, top students and researchers will have the chance to apply their ideas and knowledge to southern Ontario businesses and industry sectors, as a result of a new Government of Canada investment in MITACS Inc. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), made the announcement today in Kitchener at Unitron Hearing Ltd., joined by Harold Albrecht, MP for Kitchener-Conestoga.

"In order to keep the economy growing and create new jobs in southern Ontario, we need to develop, attract and retain the next generation of leading researchers," said Minister Goodyear. "This investment will help increase business innovation, bring new ideas to market and strengthen the local economy."

The government will invest $11 million in MITACS Inc., a national research network that connects Canadian businesses and organizations with the next generation of skilled workers. This investment will allow MITACS Inc. to expand two of its internship and professional skills training programs in southern Ontario.

With this funding, MITACS' Elevate program will support approximately 160 internships and individual training programs for PhD graduates and post-doctoral fellows in southern Ontario. The program will help skilled workers gain applied business and scientific management knowledge in the private sector.

The Globalink internship program will bring 50 of the top third-year undergraduate students from Indian Institutes of Technology to southern Ontario for research internships, professional skills training and exposure to the region's top industrial innovators.

"Our government is committed to building Canada's knowledge economy," said MP Albrecht. "Canada's Economic Action Plan is strengthening the Waterloo region's economy through major investments in science, innovation and skills training."

These programs provide business opportunities for highly-trained workers, increase research-based innovation in the private-sector and demonstrate to international students that southern Ontario is a great place to research, work and live.

"MITACS is pleased to be partnering with the Government of Canada on the Elevate and Globalink programs, both of which focus on ensuring that Ontario recruits and retains highly-skilled research talent in the province," said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO & Scientific Director of MITACS. "As Canada works to strengthen its knowledge economy, we will need a substantial cohort of researchers who can turn the ideas of today into the products of tomorrow."

Funding for this project is being provided by FedDev Ontario, through the Southern Ontario Development Program. FedDev Ontario was created as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan to support economic and community development, innovation, and economic diversification, with contributions to communities, businesses and non-profit organizations in southern Ontario. Financial support is conditional on the signing of a contribution agreement.

For additional details on FedDev Ontario and the Southern Ontario Development Program, please visit the FedDev Ontario web site at www.feddevontario.gc.ca, or call 1-866-593-5505. For additional information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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