Victoria, British Columbia, January 29, 2009 – Vancouver, British Columbia will host delegates from the world’s leading scientific research and technology centres when the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) arrives for their 2009 Annual Meeting, to be held at The Westin Bayshore on October 21-23, 2009. The Meeting will be hosted by the University of Victoria’s Vancouver Island Technology Park and will be sponsored by Vancouver’s Discovery Parks.

As research, science and technology parks continue to gain momentum in Canada; the AURP meeting will allow Canadian parks to showcase their successes to their colleagues. 

“Research and innovation are critical to meeting the economic challenge, growing jobs and diversifying our economy,” says British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell.  “As B.C. welcomes business, government, and academic leaders from North America, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, we look forward to collaborating with leaders in the creation of knowledge and innovation networks, and supporting the growth of our economy and economies around the globe.”

The AURP meeting will provide valuable insight to governments, universities, and industry, and will demonstrate that research and technology parks are vital components of a national innovation strategy. "It is a great honour to host a conference of this magnitude in British Columbia," said Dale Gann, Acting President of VITP and President of AURP Canada.  "Our Canadian parks have a lot to be proud of, and this conference will provide us with an opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate our success. It will also be an opportunity to examine worldwide best practices, and gain technical expertise that will be useful in moving Canadian parks even farther along the innovation continuum.”

The AURP Annual Meeting is expected to draw over 300 industry, government, and academic leaders who will carefully analyze current issues and examine new models essential for communities seeking to capitalize on growth and sustainability. "The economic growth associated with research, science and tech parks is substantial. The innovation developed within these ‘Communities of Innovation’ will continue to be the key driver of our future world economy, ” says Gregory Deason, President of AURP.  “Through job creation and start-up company support, research science and tech parks continue to play a vital role in our economic recovery by providing new products, services, and ways of doing business.”

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For further information contact: 
Av Hundle
Manager, Business Development & Marketing
Vancouver Island Technology Park & Marine Technology Centre
250.812.6446
ahundle@vitp.ca

About the Vancouver Island Technology Park

The Vancouver Island Technology Park, a University of Victoria Enterprise, facilitates the growth of technology on Vancouver Island by providing physical infrastructure linking local, provincial, national and international resources with emerging and growing tech companies. VITP is a highly acclaimed centre of hi-tech excellence for world class science and innovation. Today, the existing 165,000 square feet facility is a proven model to 34 hi-tech companies. VITP is home to 1,300 highly-skilled and educated workers who contribute in excess of $280M annually to the economy of British Columbia.

About Discovery Parks

Discovery Parks designs and builds research facilities for the benefit of the people of British Columbia. Situated on three post-secondary campuses and in the Cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, Discovery is the link between academic research and the marketplace. Almost two million square feet of technology space has been developed to date. Operating profits are distributed to BC's post-secondary institutions, helping to fuel BC's technology economy, with over $12 million having been paid to these institutions to date. In 2002, Discovery won AURP’s Outstanding Research Park Achievement Award and in 2003 hosted AURP’s annual meeting in Vancouver. 

About the Association of University Research Parks (AURP)

A non-profit international organization, AURP represents research, science or technology parks, which are designed to promote university-industry relations, to foster innovation, and to facilitate the transfer of technology from academe to the private sector. Today, the Association servers over 350 members around the world, with more than 400 research parks worldwide in varying stages of development.

Canadian Association of University Research Parks (AURP Canada)

The Canadian Association of University Research Parks (AURP Canada) is a non-profit organization whose role is to represent the members and to advocate the position of the organization before administrative tribunals, municipal government, provincial ministries, federal departments and their agencies. AURP Canada is composed of 27 Research and Technology Parks across Canada.