The Canadian Association of University Research Parks / Association Canadienne des Parcs de Recherches d'Université (AURP Canada) is pleased to announce that Cisco Canada (Cisco) has become the first associate member of the Canadian Association.   A worldwide leader in networking, Cisco offers a variety of solutions for commercial multi-tenant research and technology parks.

Cisco’s Connected Real Estate Model demonstrates how the building of the future will be intertwined with Internet technologies from its inception, transforming the process of design, construction, operation, and usage.  The building of the future will rely on connectivity to improve the occupant experience, maximize building performance, preserve existing investments, and conserve the increasingly scarce resources required to build and operate a property.  Connectivity will be built into the fabric of every building, new and existing, allowing all properties to take advantage of the huge opportunities created by the Internet revolution.

“With Connected Real Estate delivering significant financial and operational advantages to multi-tenanted facilities, our newly-formed partnership with Cisco will reap considerable benefits for all 26 technology parks across Canada,” says Dale Gann, president of AURP Canada.  “We are very excited to welcome Cisco as AURP Canada’s first associate member.”

AURP Canada is also pleased to announce today that Michael Oster, National Director, Public Sector Business Development for Cisco Canada will address AURP Canada’s First Annual Summit in Edmonton, Alberta on May 14, 2008. 

AURP Canada’s First Annual Summit is Canada’s most comprehensive conference for members and stakeholders of research and technology parks, offering representation from all 26 technology parks in Canada, industry partners, and members of government.  The Summit will offer an opportunity to network with leaders of research and technology parks from all over Canada and explore common initiatives and possibilities for collaboration.  AURP Canada’s First Annual Summit will be hosted by the Edmonton Research Park in Edmonton, Alberta on May 13-15, 2008.