Business New Brunswick

REVISED / Research In Motion hiring up to 50 employees at Chalk Media in Fredericton (10/01/11)

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Jan. 11, 2010

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FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is helping Chalk Media Corp. to hire up to 50 workers at its Fredericton office. The company is a subsidiary of Research In Motion (RIM).

Premier Shawn Graham, Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau and company officials made the announcement in Fredericton today.

"We are proud to be working with RIM to expand its Chalk Media office in Atlantic Canada and to add to our growing IT workforce in Fredericton," said Graham. "This expansion sends a signal to the world that New Brunswick is the place to be for innovation, productivity and growth. By supporting this company, we are investing in the future of information and communication technology in New Brunswick."

Headquartered in Waterloo, Ont., RIM is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. The company has offices in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

In January 2009, RIM acquired Chalk Media Corp. which employs more than 50. The company designs software applications for BlackBerrys.

"The remarkable talent and ingenuity at Chalk Media Corp. initially attracted us to New Brunswick," said Bob Crow, vice-president, industry, government and university relations at RIM. "The success of our Chalk Media subsidiary, along with the local business environment and highly educated labour pool, has given us the confidence we need to build an even stronger team for RIM in Fredericton."

RIM is the latest technology firm to expand in New Brunswick.

Agfa Healthcare Inc. recently announced a partnership with the National Research Council in Fredericton to open an office to develop a research project that will help health-care professionals track radiation exposure in patients.

Fredericton Fantastic Network North America recently announced plans to hire 20 researchers to commercialize research patents at the University of New Brunswick's engineering department.

The provincial government is investing up to $800,000 in payroll rebates for up to 50 new employees, including senior project engineers and experienced software developers.

"We are very fortunate that RIM has chosen to join the growing information and community technologies community in New Brunswick and to expand its workforce here," said Boudreau. "This company is an outstanding corporate citizen with a track record of academic collaboration. RIM's decision to expand here will build upon the growing base of technology firms working in Fredericton and add to our worldwide recognition as an intelligent city in a smart province."

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MEDIA CONTACT: Ashley Bursey, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694, ashley.bursey@gnb.ca.

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