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New Brunswick Community College Partners with CANARIE to Accelerate the Adoption and Development of Cloud Technology by Small Business

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on January 20, 2014

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced a partnership with New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), a collaborative, learner- centred post-secondary institution, to provide its free Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) cloud development resources to support the College’s Mobile First Technology Initiative. NBCC is the first College in Atlantic Canada to employ CANARIE’s free DAIR cloud service for applied research.


Cloud technologies drive a meaningful competitive advantage for small businesses by providing advanced computing resources anywhere, anytime that can quickly scale up or down to meet changing business needs. For NBCC and its Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) clients, DAIR’s cloud resources are quickly deployable, significantly reducing the College’s development time to build mobile applications and services. Students engage in practical learning, while small businesses benefit from accelerated product development at no additional cost.

NBCC’s Mobile First Technology Initiative will employ DAIR to add industry-standard cloud services to its applied research and education resources. The DAIR resources available to the College leverage the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) research funding and enable its researchers to engage in cutting-edge discovery that can lead to a range of commercial opportunities.

“CANARIE’s DAIR service will allow NBCC’s Mobile First Technology Initiative’s Applied Research to fast-track development with startups, accelerating commercialization of new ICT services while providing students and staff with cutting-edge experience with the latest technology,” said William McIver, Jr., Ph.D., NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Mobile First Technology at NBCC’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation. Added Susan St. Maurice, CANARIE’s Director of Technology Development, “Our new relationship with NBCC exemplifies the benefits of the power of cloud technology that the DAIR program brings to Canadian colleges as they equip their students with the high-demand skillsets that are critical to the success of our knowledge economy.”

While NBCC pursues and supports research activities in many different areas, strategic research themes were identified based on the College’s strong academic programming, knowledge and expertise. Mobile technology was identified as strategically important for NBCC’s teaching and applied research programs through a consultative process involving stakeholders in New Brunswick’s information and communications technology ecosystem. This focus is of natural interest to NBCC as it offers over 15 programs in the ICT field, in which students are able to take advantage of internships and co-op placements and work on applied research and innovation projects. DAIR’s cloud service is a perfect complement to this ICT mobile initiative.

CANARIE’s relationship with NBCC is the latest in a series of partnerships it has developed to ensure Canadian entrepreneurs and small businesses benefit from DAIR’s free cloud resources. Algonquin College, in the National Capital Region, also leverages DAIR to assist SMEs through its Applied Research Office. Additionally, CANARIE works with the City of Fredericton’s goFred initiative, StartUp Calgary and the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) offered through the National Research Council, to ensure that the small business clients of these programs are aware of the powerful cloud resources available to them.

CANARIE welcomes partnerships with other post-secondary institutions, business incubators and accelerators, and other organizations supporting small businesses to capitalize on the power of cloud computing.

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager
CANARIE Inc. (613) 943-5432
ela.ienzi@canarie.ca

William McIver, Jr., Ph.D.
NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Mobile First Technology
Office of Applied Research and Innovation
New Brunswick Community College
(506) 238-1210
bill.mciver@nbcc.ca

About CANARIE

CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra -high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institut es, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today’s digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

 

About New Brunswick Community College

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a community college located throughout New Brunswick, with campuses in Moncton, Miramichi, Fredericton, Saint John, St. Andrews, and Woodstock. NBCC currently offers over 90 programs in 18 different sectors.

About NBCC’s Mobile First Technology Initiative

Launched in May 2013, the Mobile First Technology Initiative is funded by an Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Through this chair, NBCC has begun to enhance its learning environment and focus its applied research program on the technical and design issues inherent in the evolution of the mobile technologies.

The Mobile First Technology Initiative will serve many types of companies within New Brunswick’s mobile ICT sector, from early innovators to established companies.

For more information, visit: www.nbcc.ca.