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TRLabs Deals, Appointment Announced

TRLabs, a research company that started out as an Alberta Government initiative, has grown to see partnerships internationally and interprovincially. Two recent announcements underline that commitment.

Alberta Innovation and Science Minister Victor Doerksen has announced a research and development partnership between Mobile Forum in Finland and TRLabs. Mobile Forum includes wireless heavyweight Nokia.

"The network of the future will move with strength into the wireless frontier, and our research and development program is expanding to capitalize on this increasingly strategic economic sector," says Roger Pederson, P.Eng., TRLabs president and CEO. "With this new partnership we are generating an infusion of new perspectives that will accelerate our research program and create enhanced economic development benefits for western Canada in the form of new technologies, employment and skills training."

In addition to the Mobile Forum partnership, a new five-year arrangement between Manitoba Hydro and TRLabs has been announced. "Manitoba Hydro has a significant investment in its fibre optic network, and substantial expertise in network operations and availability that can contribute to our innovation capability," says Mr. Pederson.

TRLabs has moved its Winnipeg facility into a new 6,000-sq.-ft. home, the first building to be constructed in Smartpark. Smartpark is a 100-acre technology park designed to cultivate research and development through successful university and industry interaction.

The address of the new TRLabs building is Innovation Drive and Research Road. "Where research meets innovation," Mr. Pederson says. "Now that's the spirit."
TRLabs wants to attract major industry partners, and the recent Edmonton appointment of Dave Morley, P.Eng., as business development director is designed to do just that. A former research engineer at TRLabs, Mr. Morley is renowned for his technological innovation work, which has led to several commercial licenses and patent filings. He also has progressive knowledge in the ICT sector. Mr. Morley has a master's degree in engineering and an MBA from the University of Alberta.

Engineer Heads Waste Centre Implementation

Dr. Jerry Leonard, P.Eng., professor of bioresource engineering at the University of Alberta, has been appointed implementation manager for the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence. Over the next three years Dr. Leonard will develop the centre's research capability and profile.

"I can envision this centre as a hive of activity, with graduate students and researchers from around the world working on exciting waste management projects," he says. Incorporating the centre as a non-profit organization is first on Dr. Leonard's list. Then with researchers he will pursue funding opportunities for in-kind support from private companies, governments and agencies.

ATCO Wins Egypt Contract

Hitachi Ltd. has awarded ATCO Noise Management the contract to design and supply silenced turbine combustion air systems for use at Egypt's first liquefied natural gas terminal. The turbines will supply electricity to the Damietta LNG complex at the mouth of the Nile. "Our quality of work on Hitachi's Queen Elizabeth Power Station project in Saskatoon convinced the company that we can deliver timely and guaranteed results, not just to North America, but worldwide," says Boris Rassin, ATCO Noise Management president.

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