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

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

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

4 Broadband Deployment Our Image But the Reality Is

5 Canada has become an e-Society Citizens, businesses and governments are going online Broadband Deployment % 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 worlds 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) 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 worlds 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)

6 Ottawa - seat of National Government

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

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

9 The Seeds University of Ottawa 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 Organization A Organization B Organization C Presidents Club Technology Executive Breakfast

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

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

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

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/

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33 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 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 Technology centres are shifting –Capability still matters –Taiwan, India, Israel Partnership agreements are king –Dells experience –Service industries –Deal makers are required Looking Forward


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