December 5, 2008


CANMET-MTL relocation proceeding
“as planned and on budget”: federal minister


HAMILTON, ON. December 5, 2008 –McMaster’s Innovation Park will begin construction on the federal CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (CANMET-MTL), which is relocating to Hamilton from Ottawa.


Today, Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, joined McMaster president Peter George and Member of Parliament David Sweet to break ground at the site. At the same time, renderings were unveiled for the LEED Platinum-designed research lab. The LEED designation refers to efficiencies in six categories: sustainable site; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environment; and innovation and design.

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The ground-breaking ceremony was held the same day as a meeting of the Strategic Advisory Committee in Hamilton, a group of leaders from industry and government from across Canada who are facilitating the CANMET move.


“CANMET is the jewel of McMaster Innovation Park,” says Peter George, president of McMaster University. “It holds boundless opportunities for growth and collaboration. We are also delighted by the design’s LEED designation because McMaster is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility.”


CANMET-MTL develops new materials and manufacturing processes for Canada’s energy, transportation and metal-manufacturing sectors. The lab, the largest of its kind in Canada, also studies environmental processes, such as recycling and eco-materials. It will employ more than 100 scientists and technical staff.


“This is great news for Hamilton,” says Mo Elbestawi, McMaster’s vice-president, research and international affairs. “CANMET will bring high-quality, jobs and expertise to the area, which will, in turn, attract investment and new companies.”


“I’m very pleased the relocation project is proceeding smoothly — as planned and on budget,” said Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources. “Canadians will soon see the benefits of having this world-class research facility located next door to our leading automotive and metals-manufacturing industries. “We’re positioning CANMET-MTL to play a more prominent role in fostering research and innovation in Canada’s industrial sector.”


The relocation project, announced in 2005, includes a budget of $46-million for laboratory construction and operational expenses. The new facility will open in 2010.



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