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Mawashi is part of the pre-qualified Canadian innovators of the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP)


Ottawa, Ontario, February 3, 2012 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec, are pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has pre-qualified 36 innovations that it may buy and test as part of the second round of the Kickstart program, also known as the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).

Mawashi Protective Clothing Inc., from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, was selected for its Active Microclimate Cooling System, a wearable device that uses the body's natural thermoregulation system (perspiration) to effectively expel sweat/heat in hot environments and promote dryness in cold environments enhancing safety and user comfort while reducing hyperthermia and hypothermia risks.

“Our Government is focused on creating conditions to promote jobs and economic growth,” said Minister Ambrose. “That is why we’re committed to supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who help to keep the Canadian economy moving.”

“The Kickstart program is ensuring that Canadian small and medium-sized businesses can grow and prosper,” said Parliamentary Secretary Gourde. “We are proud to continue our encouragement of Canada's tremendous entrepreneurial spirit through this successful program.”

Successful businesses will see their pre-commercial innovative products and services tested within government departments, and will be given valuable feedback from users participating in the pilot program.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) will work with government departments to match innovations with the right test departments, and will be entering into negotiations with the selected companies to put contracts in place to test their innovations, should a suitable department be found. This will facilitate Canadian companies in moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.

Launched in 2010 as part of the Economic Action Plan, the CICP is a $40-million pilot program created to help Canadian businesses by testing their innovative products and services within the Government of Canada before taking them to the marketplace.

Federal departments will test innovations that fall within four key areas: environment, health, safety and security, and enabling technologies.

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