Oct. 17, 2003
SHIPPAGAN (CNB) - A $3,545,522 contribution to Université de Moncton, Shippagan Campus, will establish the Coastal Zones Research Institute (CZRI).
In addition, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Province and Université de Moncton will give the CZRI the mandate to manage the research areas covered by the Aquarium and Marine Centre and the aquaculture research programs by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture (DAFA).
Taking part in the announcement were federal Labour Minister Claudette Bradshaw, on behalf of Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Robichaud; Transportation Minister Paul Robichaud, on behalf of Premier Bernard Lord, Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and Yvon Fontaine, president of Université de Moncton.
"The Government of Canada is proud to assist with the creation of a major project such as the Coastal Zones Research Institute," Bradshaw said. "This institute will help position the Acadian Peninsula as a key research and knowledge centre in the economic fields of peat, aquaculture and marine products. It will also help the region's businesses involved in these industries to access expertise and to better compete in a knowledge-oriented global marketplace."
The Province, which already announced a $1 million contribution for creating the institute, will second 12 employees from Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture to CZRI under the newly-signed MOU.
"This institute is an example of how our government is committed to enhance research and development and innovation capacity in New Brunswick," Robichaud said. "Research and development is part of Greater Opportunity: New Brunswick's Prosperity Plan that will build an innovative economy and dynamic industry clusters."
"This project is an important step in developing the strategic direction of our Shippagan campus in the integrated management of coastal zones," Fontaine said. "In addition to the two important research projects which recently received up to $2.8 million from the Atlantic Innovation Fund, these latest investments in the development of necessary infrastructures will allow the institute to better respond to the research and innovation needs of the companies working in this industry, and will allow us to establish partnerships with regional and national research institutions."
The Coastal Zones Research Institute is a cluster formed by the Peat Research and Development Centre (PRDC), the research section of the Aquarium and Marine Centre (AMC), and the Marine Products Research and Development Centre, under the aegis of Université de Moncton, Shippagan campus. While the project involves building laboratory facilities and purchasing research equipment, its key goal is to regroup these three centres of expertise in order to enhance New Brunswick's research and innovation capacity and to create new economic development opportunities.
The institute's main objective is to foster sustainable development of the resources found in coastal zones, mainly in eastern New Brunswick and the Atlantic provinces. It will deliver specialized scientific services to industry and the business community such as: laboratory analysis for quality control, information services, technology transfer, and development of new products and services through research projects produced in partnership with various government organizations and the industry.
The breakdown of the Government of Canada's total contribution is as follows :
MEDIA CONTACTS: Corey Hobbs, Office of the Minister of State for ACOA, 613-941-7241; Sonya-Kim St-Julien, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Stéphanie Bilodeau, ACOA, 506-452-3304; Lise Ouellet, co-ordinator, Research - Innovation, U de M, 506-336-3623.