Today, Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the creation of an Innovation Zone at Brandon University.
Federal funding of $47,000, through the Western Diversification Program (WDP), to Brandon University supports the purchase of 3D printing equipment, including microcomputers and related software, allowing innovators in Westman to produce prototypes locally.
The Innovation Zone will provide support to entrepreneurs, local businesses and students to increase the adoption of new technologies, as well as the development and commercialization of new products.
- Brandon University has five faculties and three research centres, and has an annual enrollment of 3,700 full-time and part-time students.
- The Innovation Zone will assist businesses in the construction of prototypes and the training of individuals in the use of computer-aided-design software and 3D printing technology.
"Our Government is proud to support new opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators in Westman. Through this investment, users will be able to develop product concepts, create prototypes, and bring news products to market so that we can continue to create jobs and economic growth."
Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris
"The funding from Government of Canada in support of the acquisition of 3D printing technologies for the University will permit us to establish a community innovation centre that is open to business and industry innovators across the region. The investment announced today supports Brandon University in being a catalyst for growth and innovation across the southwestern Manitoba region."
Dr. Gervan Fearon, President and Vice-Chancellor, Brandon University