Minister Van Loan Promotes Canadian Economy and Technologies at G-20 Summit

Canada the best place to do business, says Minister

(No. 202 - June 25, 2010 - 10:40 a.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, today showcased Canadian innovations and leading-edge technologies during a tour of Canadian business displays at the Experience Canada pavilion in Toronto, Ontario.

“The G-8 and G-20 summits are great opportunities to promote leading Canadian businesses and Canada’s competitive advantages to the world,” said Minister Van Loan. “With one of the most successful and innovative economies in the world, Canada is the premier destination for business and investment. Our competitiveness, excellence, depth of talent, creativity and innovative spirit offer key competitive advantages to investors.”

The Minister’s tour of the Experience Canada pavilion featured interactive displays of Canadian innovations from across the country, including:

  • Advanced digital gaming technology, such as the virtual 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer game, which was developed by Electronic Arts Inc. at its Burnaby, B.C., campus. Electronic Arts is one of the most successful developers and publishers in the video game industry.
  • The “connected car,” which offers online multimedia networks to the driver and passengers by applying Canadian research in the areas of Internet provider technologies, optical network equipment, application software and wireless infrastructure from Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent has offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.
  • New imaging technology that enhances 3-D viewing capacity for laptops and handheld devices. The technology was created by Spatial View Inc., of Toronto, a global company that provides 3-D content of all types for applications in retail, digital signage, professional design, gaming, entertainment and animation.
  • The world’s first amphibious robot, Aqua, which was developed by McGill University’s Centre for Intelligent Machines. The robot can carry out a wide range of tasks related to environmental inspection and reclamation, aquaculture, and national defence. It also has the capacity to work in a teleoperational mode using an Ethernet connection, and is equally at home under the ocean as on land.

These new Canadian products represent just a fraction of the innovations that keep Canada at the forefront of new technology development in key sectors ranging from biotechnology to aerospace and digital media to renewable energy.

“Canada is a modern and innovative business destination,” said Minister Van Loan. “With the lowest debt, soundest banking system and fastest predicted economic growth in the G-7 over the next few years, the highest proportion of post-secondary graduates among countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and an outstanding quality of life, Canada offers an environment in which innovators can create, businesses thrive and investors succeed.”

To learn more about Canada’s business successes, please visit Invest in Canada.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Monika Bujalska
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Peter Van Loan
Minister of International Trade
613-992-9304

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000