(Toronto, September 16, 2014) The Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) is proud to announce its partnership with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) by joining the Enterprise Canada Network (ECN). Founded by CME, ECN celebrated the official launch of the network in Ottawa today.
ECN is an industry-led single-window online platform that connects Canadian small businesses and researchers to thousands of qualified global opportunities, facilitates international partnerships and creates trade through access to public and private sector resources.
“We are excited to expand and diversify the ReMAP network by opening new supply chain channels and developing relationships with strategic partners from around the world. ECN opens the door to opportunities through their online tool to collaborate with international partners to help accelerate the commercialization of electronics innovations developed in Canada,” said Irene Sterian, Executive Director, ReMAP.
ECN provides an easy and cost-effective means for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and researchers to connect to thousands of global businesses and technology partners from over 50 countries worldwide. By building on recent Canadian trade agreements with the EU, for example, ECN has proven to be a powerful tool linking Canadians to global markets and technology.
“Canada possesses some of the most promising technology and innovations in the world, yet not nearly enough of them are able to find global partners to catapult such technologies into marketable products and services,” said Philip Turi, CME’s Director of Global Business Services. “We believe ECN will help to address this challenge.” Through the ECN website, SMEs can receive daily updates featuring new international business, technology and research opportunities, connect to these prospective partners and post profiles about their products, services or expertise for broad international exposure.
Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) is a business-led network that brings together industry leaders from across Canada in academia, research, innovation incubators and companies of all sizes to drive innovation for a global market. Working collaboratively, the network supports leading-edge research to advance new capabilities in R&D, product design and manufacturing to solve today’s industry challenges. These capabilities are intended to accelerate the commercialization of electronics innovations – ensuring that Canada’s investment in electronics technology translates into differentiated solutions for economic growth and job creation. Sharing resources across 38 labs and factories throughout ReMAP’s 25+ partner network will help companies of all sizes lower cost, improve processes, and bring differentiated products to market – faster. ReMAP receives financial support through the Government of Canada’s Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) program and its network partners. For more information, visit www.remapnetwork.org.
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. CME directly represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME’s members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada’s leading business network, CME – through various initiatives, including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – impacts more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries. For more information on accessing and utilizing ECN, visit www.enterprisecanadanetwork.ca.
Network Manager, ReMAP