SHAWINIGAN, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 16, 2013) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, announces that the National Center for Electrochemistry and Environmental Technologies (CNETE) has been granted financial assistance for the acquisition of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.

"By lending its financial support to the CNETE, the Government of Canada is confirming its commitment to making innovation the key to the country's economic future," said Minister Lebel.

The CNETE is a college centre for technology transfer established by Shawinigan College in 1993 whose mandate is to conduct applied research in the areas of bioprocesses, membrane separation processes, environmental technologies and electrochemistry. It provides information and technical assistance to clients operating primarily in the agri-food, industrial and pharmaceutical sectors.

The CNETE's project involves developing a technology platform for the production, separation and formulation of biomolecules for commercial applications, on a pilot scale comparable to industrial production and volumes. This funding from Canada Economic Development has enabled the Centre to acquire the leading-edge technological equipment needed to set up this platform.

"Our government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security," Minister Lebel concluded.


This $239,944 in non-repayable financial assistance was granted through Canada Economic Development's Quebec Economic Development Program.

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Media Relations
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Genevieve Sicard
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Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Canada Economic Development