OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2011) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, today issued the following statement:

"I am very pleased to congratulate Neptec Design Group Ltd., the first-ever Canadian company to receive NASA's prestigious George M. Low Award. This honour only serves to reinforce the Canadian space industry's position as a leader on the world stage, while showcasing Canadian technology and innovation.

"The George M. Low Award is NASA's highest honour for quality and performance. It recognizes only those businesses that share a commitment to the highest levels of teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service.

"The Harper Government, through the Canadian Space Agency, is proud to support companies like Neptec as they work to sustain the world-class reputation of Canada's space industry. Neptec's story is a prime example of how Canadian firms are thriving in a competitive global market."

Contact Information: Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry
Heather Hume - Press Secretary
Industry Canada
Media Relations