Government of Canada Invests in Memorial University Initiative to Connect with Communities – Memorial University bringing communities together by making resources more accessible
April 08, 2016 – St. John’s, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), was in St. John’s today to announce a $4.5 million investment to support Memorial University’s $25 million Battery Facility initiative.
Memorial University’s Office of Public Engagement will use the most current and innovative technologies and network infrastructure, as well as contemporary adaptive incubation and engagement space, to allow the Battery Facility in St. John’s to become a provincial public engagement and innovation hub with provincial, national and international connectivity.
The Battery Facility will provide Memorial University with new ways to connect with municipalities, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and community enterprises throughout the province and increase rural capacity to participate in discussions related to economic development, innovation, productivity, and trade and export. It will also support collaboration between onsite and virtual users working on common challenges and opportunities related to entrepreneurship, innovation, skills dissemination and productivity.
- The Battery Facility initiative will include extensive renovations and network upgrades estimated at $25 million to make the resources of Memorial University more accessible throughout the province.
- The Government of Canada is investing $4.5 million in the initiative through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund.
- The Battery Facility tenants, including the Gardiner Centre, the Office of Public Engagement, the Genesis Centre and the Harris Centre, will have a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and regional development.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to support Memorial University’s Battery Facility renovation as it will strengthen community infrastructure in Newfoundland and Labrador and improve economic development capacity. This development provides an innovative approach to business development and growth and promises positive impacts for communities throughout the province.”
– Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“The Government of Canada is committed to partnering with other levels of government and educational institutions to ensure federal programs support innovation, scientific research and entrepreneurship, to create lasting and meaningful impacts in our communities. As a result of this investment, the Battery Facility engagement hub will improve dialogue, increase knowledge and support economic opportunities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
– Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity
“Memorial University continues to lead the way in research and innovation while connecting the province in new ways. This funding promotes the sharing of information between different organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador, and will support future economic development opportunities. The Battery Initiative will also assist the ongoing efforts of the Provincial Government as we continue to adapt to changing labour market demands in an evolving economy.”
– Honourable Gerry Byrne, provincial Minister of Advanced Education and Skills
“Memorial University is a public university, serving the public good. This support from the Government of Canada, through ACOA, will help Memorial continue to fulfill its special obligation to the people of this province, providing an accessible space, both physically and technologically, for public engagement and innovation on some of the most pressing issues we face. The Battery Facility will build opportunity across Newfoundland and Labrador, and beyond, fostering economic and social sustainability through collaboration.”
– Dr. Gary Kachanoski, President and Vice-Chancellor, Memorial University
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