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Harper Government Supports Establishment of World-class Advanced Satellite Integration Facility in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/20/14 -- Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification announced $2.4 million in support of the University of Manitoba (U of M) to increase skills development and technology commercialization in Winnipeg through the Advanced Satellite Integration Facility (ASIF).

Western Economic Diversification Canada's funding will help establish the U of M as a leader in the area of space systems engineering and enable partners to access growing market opportunities in the aerospace industry, estimated at $200 million over the next 10 years.

Quick Facts

--  The Advanced Satellite Integration Facility will be used for research
    development, construction and testing of satellite components.
--  The facility will be co-located with industry (Magellan Aerospace) and
    serve as an overall hub for a new collaborative research,
    commercialization and training program between academia and industry.
--  This project will help support the creation of high-skilled jobs for a
    growing and innovative industry.

Quotes

"The Advanced Satellite Integration Facility is an excellent example of how partnerships between government, industry, and academia can help to develop a world-class hub for research and training. Our Government is proud to support projects such as this facility, which respond to industry need and build on Manitoba's strengths to create new jobs and grow our economy."

Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"The University of Manitoba is leading the way in Manitoba as a centre for education, training and research on space technology in Western Canada. This exciting new Centre for Space Systems partnership is another example of the value we add in this important sector of Manitoba's economy."

Dr. David T. Barnard, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Manitoba.

"This partnership between the University of Manitoba and Magellan is the kind of relationship that was identified in the Emerson Report of 2012 as the model industry, research, cooperation that is a vital component of growing Canada's space technology development. All of the parties involved in this project are pleased for the support provided the by government to launch this industry-based education and training facility. The funding for ASIF demonstrates a commitment to turning investment in knowledge and technology into an advantage for developing Canada's space industry globally."

Don Boitson, Vice President and General Manager, Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg.

Additional Links

University of Manitoba: http://umanitoba.ca/engineering

Magellan Aerospace: http://www.magellan.aero/

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Contacts:
Emily Goucher
Office of the Minister
Western Economic Diversification
613-954-8097
[email protected]

Janine Harasymchuk
Client Relations Coordinator
Office of the VP (Research & International)
University of Manitoba
204-474-7300
[email protected]

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