Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, March 15, 2013 – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, together with the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), is pleased to announce the awarding of a $12,309 contract to Mawashi Protective Clothing Inc. under the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).
“Our Government’s top priority is the economy and we understand that helping our businesses expand and succeed directly benefits our workers and our families by creating jobs and prosperity,” said Minister Ambrose. “We are proud to encourage Canada’s entrepreneurial spirit by supporting Canadian businesses to get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.”
“Innovation is the engine of economic growth. Innovation increases productivity, raises our standard of living and is the best way for Canada to be competitive globally,” said Minister Paradis. “I am proud that our Government is promoting local innovation and reinforcing our regions’ tremendous entrepreneurial spirit.”
Mawashi Protective Clothing Inc.’s innovation, the Active Microclimate Cooling System, consists of 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 the risk of hyperthermia and hypothermia. The system is designed to reduce body temperature so that a person wearing additional personal protective equipment may more safely withstand adverse heat conditions. This system may also be used to simply increase a person’s comfort in hot environments.
“We are very pleased to receive the support of the Government of Canada through this program. This initiative will give a boost to our business and the innovation sector,” said Alain L. Bujold, President of Mawashi Protective Clothing Inc.
Launched in 2010, the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program has already shown encouraging results, connecting Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services. By selling to the federal government, businesses can demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-federal customers.
To build on the early success of this program, Economic Action Plan 2012 allocated an additional $95 million over three years, starting in 2013–14, and $40 million per year thereafter to make the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program permanent. The program will include an added military procurement component.
“Our Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security,” added Minister Ambrose.
For the complete list of the successful innovations, please refer to the program website.