Red Deer Companies Receive Federal Funding for Innovation
November 24, 2011Ottawa — Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced an investment of $190,805 from the National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.
The funding supports a series of innovative research and development projects that will assist GenTex Oilfield Manufacturing Inc., Better Made Wheelchairs Ltd., Group 2 Architecture Engineering Ltd., McLevin
Industries Inc. and Blue Horizon Bio-Diesel Inc.
“Our government is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians’ quality of life,” said Dreeshen “We are supporting Canadian firms that successfully develop innovative technologies and helping businesses bring those new ideas into the marketplace.”
The Industrial Research Assistance Program provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.
“This has been an outstanding program,” said Don Allan, Owner of Blue Horizon Bio-Diesel Inc. “The support has been phenomenal. This is the second time we have received funding through the Industrial Research Assistance Program and the experience has been fantastic.”
The Next Phase of the Economic Action Plan provided new resources of $80 million over three years to the Industrial Research Assistance Program to support collaborative projects between colleges and small- and medium-sized businesses to accelerate their adoption of information and communications technologies.
The companies and projects who have received the most recent round of funding are:
Blue Horizon Bio-Diesel Inc. - $21,000 for engineering and studying feedstock, specifically to determine which feedstocks to bring to the bio-diesel plant.
Better Made Wheelchairs Ltd. - $15,305 to help with a new design and more innovative way for assembling wheelchairs.
Group 2 Architecture Engineering Ltd. - $32,000 to help offset the costs of integrating the Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton offices so they can work on co-located single files seamlessly, share information and allow access with all design & construction disciplines to increase productivity.
McLevin Industries Inc. - $37,500 to hire a design engineer to redesign a hydrovac unit.
GenTex Oilfield Manufacturing Inc. - $85,000 to design a much larger diesel fired heater and improve efficiencies to get the most heating for the least amount of fuel consumed. Grant money from the IRAP has also helped GenTex in making connections to experts, facilitating partnerships, and mentoring newly hired engineering staff.
GenTex President, Garett Cupples is anxious for the design to be completed as he has customers waiting for the new, best-in-class heaters. “As an oilfield equipment manufacturer, we couldn’t have done this ourselves, or at the very least, it would have taken much longer and time was not on our side as the industry changes constantly. These strategic partnerships have proven to be invaluable and have allowed us to remain at the front of the crowd, as it relates to the oilfield heating industry.”
The Industrial Research Assistance Program is delivered by a field staff of professionals in more than 100 communities across Canada. The National Research Council Canada is committed to working with small and medium-sized enterprises while they realize their full potential, turning knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.