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1 A Personal Canadian View
The Future of Research A Personal Canadian View Dr Gerry Turcotte Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) Canada

2 Government Laboratories
Concept to Commercialization OCRI Government Laboratories Universities NCE efforts Industry CRC Market Distant Ideas

3 Canada Large Northern Country Small population (32 million)
High standard of living

4 Our Image But the Reality Is Broadband Deployment

5 Canada has become an e-Society
100% of schools and libraries connected by 1999 Over 500,000 refurbished computers to schools Median student-to-computer ratio is 1 to 5 (Statistics Canada, 2003/04) Connected 12,000 volunteer organizations to the Internet Established 8,800 Internet access sites CA*net4: the world’s first national optical research and education network 64% Households (HIUS 2004) & 75% SMEs use the Internet (CFIB 2003) Among lowest communications costs of OECD countries (OECD, 2003) # 1 in Government Online (GOL) (Accenture 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) Citizens, businesses and governments are going online Broadband Deployment

6 Ottawa - seat of National Government

7 Ottawa: Key North American Technology Center
Regional Population: 1.2 million 4,662 sq. miles (12,074 sq. kilometers) Within a 2 hour flight of population over 160 million Raleigh-Durham

8 The Speaker Recognized as one of Ottawa’s “Technology All Stars” in transforming Ottawa from Government town to a technology centre

9 The Seeds 1848 - University of Ottawa 1916 - National Research Council
Carleton University Computing Devices, First Spin-offs Defence Labs Northern Electric (BNR) Communications Research Centre

10 In the Beginning …. Business leaders, Academics (Presidents of two Universities and the local College) and the top regional politician evolved a plan to create a new agency to: Build stronger linkages between the academics (universities/college) and technology companies to: To get increased academic focus on interesting industry issues leverage resources

11 The OCRI structure Federally incorporated/locally controlled
Membership funded Small staff Board of Directors

12 1984 Principles Honest broker Flexible Attitude Responsive
Create an environment to access $

13 Networking Schema President’s Club Technology Executive Breakfast
Organization C Organization A Organization B

14 Networking Research Forums Conferences Technology Executive Breakfasts
Marketing Forums Specialists’ Fora General Public Relations “Results NOT Control”

15 Research Expansion OCRI spearheaded proposal to Granting Council (NSERC) for Canadian Microelectronics Centre Phase 2 NRC and CRC join OCRI No funding for program was approved OCRI responded by creating the Focussed Ion Beam program using members resources

16 Industrial Research Chairs
Locally proposed Funds committed from Partners including OCRI Competed in NSERC Program 10 Chairs created at the Universities

17 Opportunity - Role - Result

18 Broadband etc First Regional Broadband Network (OCRInet) created
Joined the Canarie Network (Fourth Pillar organization) Supported Life Sciences development Entrepreneurship Centre Regional Cluster strategy

19 Education Reach Met with Ottawa Carleton Learning Foundation - Primary/Secondary schools University/college feeder system Suggested and implemented a joint strategy Eventually merged resources kindergarden to PhD

20 Professional Development
Program Coherence Professional Development Research Capital Education & HR OCRI Programs Cluster Outreach External Marketing Venture Capital Entrepreurship Centre

21 Advanced Technology Employment

22 Technology Companies in Ottawa

23 Ottawa Venture Capital Investment

24 Communications Research Centre

25 CRC Mission To be the Federal Government’s Centre of Excellence for communications R&D, ensuring an independent source of advice for public policy purposes To help identify and close the innovations gaps in Canada’s communications sector by: engaging in industrial partnerships building technical intelligence supporting small and medium size high technology enterprises

26 CRC Snap Shot Agency of Industry Canada Separate Board of Directors
Private and Public Sector Members Small Lab Researchers Best Intellectual Property Record of all Federal Labs in North America

27 U.S. Agencies Canadian Agencies CRC

28 Partnership

29 Core Competencies Wireless Systems Communications Networks
Radio Fundamentals Interactive Multimedia Photonics 29

30 Strategic Research Priorities (2004-2007)
Strategic Goals: - Innovation Leadership Innovation Leadership (Core competencies) Strategic Priorities: - Broadband Access Broadband Access - Radio Spectrum Radio Spectrum - Client Support - Internet and Convergence Internet and Convergence - Network Security and Public Safety Network Security and Public Safety - Defence Communications Defence Communications - Applications Applications Clients

31 Technology “Spectrum”
Does Basic Research - Spectrum Develops Technology - example Milton Advancing Commercialization with India Transfers technology Spins off Companies Innovative Fibres (Alcatel) Protects Intellectual Property Bragg Fibre gratings (Corning/


33 From Startup to Wireless Global Service Provider...
SkyWave Mobile Communications Inc. From Startup to Wireless Global Service Provider... Peter Rossiter Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

34 Early days at SkyWave 4 Co-founders - all engineers Lots of ideas, but
Little money No premises Skill gaps ( antenna design, pcb layout, mechanical, graphics etc) Credibility concerns 2 weeks transition period Knew CRC from previous working experience

35 Innovation Centre - Benefits
Access to CRC technology, research & test facilities, CRC/NRC/CSA support programs, Reasonable rent & flexible occupancy, Existing & internet, Secure premises, Tremendous credibility with customers and potential investors

36 SkyWave Today... Leader satellite short messaging services
Inmarsat “D+” Standards Global coverage with 4 mobile satellites Terminals and network Founded 1997, 31 staff Over 45,000 terminals delivered Financing $3M in 1999 & $19.3M in 2002

37 What are the rules going forward?
“Looking Forward” Principles are permanent - tactics/strategies change “Dangerous to drive forward using your rear view mirror IF the road changes” The Internet changes everything What are the rules going forward?

38 “Looking Forward” Technology centres are shifting
Capability still matters Taiwan, India, Israel Partnership agreements are king Dell’s experience Service industries Deal makers are required

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