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2002 NSERC Synergy Awards for Innovation

Ryerson University (Bin Wu) and Rockwell Automation Canada Inc. (Steven Rizzo), were among the winners of the 2002 Synergy Awards for Innovation.

This award highlited the numerous technological advances in high power electronics and electric motor drives, that promise to help companies in Canada and around the world cut energy consumption and boost productivity in a big way.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and The Conference Board of Canada sponsored the prizes, which include $25,000 research grants for the university partner, and which were presented at The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Oct. 28, 2002 by Tom Brzustowski, President of NSERC.

"Partnerships between universities and the private sector are certainly good for students and good for Canada. They will help Canada to reach its goal of rising to fifth place among R&D-performing nations," said Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for NSERC.

Anne Golden, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada, congratulated the winners, and stressed the importance of innovation to Canada's prosperity. "The Conference Board considers innovation to be the `eureka' of discovery, partnered with the savvy of sales and marketing," said Golden. "The collaboration between business and university communities in the Synergy partnerships is an important investment in promoting a national culture of innovation."

"Creativity and entrepreneurship drive innovation," said Tom Brzustowski. "These partnerships draw together those who produce new knowledge with those who know how to use it productively in the Canadian economy."

See also: Rockwell and Ryerson "motoring" their way to success.

Adapted from the NSERC Press Release.

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